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Campus Life

Banana Slugs thrive in the redwoods

At UC Santa ߣߣƵ, you can find your passion, get involved, and make a difference—and friends. Our vibrant campus includes 10 residential colleges, more than 150 student organizations, campus events, and much more.

A guide to Banana Slug life

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Learning
Chart your path to discovery

UC Santa ߣߣƵ takes a holistic approach to student success, ensuring students have access to financial and mental health support, secure sources of housing and food, and connections that spark their social mobility. 

Our Resource Centers help students to feel affirmed in their diverse and intersecting identities, empower them in their academic success, and help them graduate with a sense of belonging to UCSC.

Our vibrant student organizations create communities, events, performances, publications, and productions, offering real-world experiences to build leadership values and skills. 

Study abroad or study away. Whether you learn Italian in Italy, take major courses in Argentina, or participate in an internship in Washington, D.C., Global Learning will lead to new friendships, perspectives, and knowledge.

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Lifestyle
A home away from home

UC Santa ߣߣƵ undergraduates become part of one of 10 colleges, vibrant living-and-learning neighborhoods where your Slug fam hangs out.

Everything you need to know about living in an on-campus ߣߣƵ or off campus in the Santa ߣߣƵ area.

UC Santa ߣߣƵ Dining is all about nourishing the campus ߣߣƵ. No matter your palate, you can find it among the five campus dining halls and numerous cafés, coffee shops, and restaurants.

UC Santa ߣߣƵ is proud of making our campus a supportive, safe place for you to learn, grow, and thrive. 

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Fun
There’s more to college than studying 😉

Yes, UC Santa ߣߣƵ has Greek-Letter organizations! These associations promote academic achievement, strengthen leadership skills, and encourage service.

Give back. The UCSC Student Volunteer Center provides meaningful volunteer opportunities while connecting local organizations with passionate and engaged students.

With its laid-back Surf City atmosphere, Santa ߣߣƵ is known for its scenic beaches, redwood forests, and lively cultural scene. Its diverse geography offers outdoor adventures galore, from mountain biking to surfing. Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area are within a short drive.

Sammy the Slug

The UC Santa ߣߣƵ mascot Sammy the Slug, representing the slimy yellow creature that makes its home in the damp redwood forests of campus, has slithered into pop culture—and hearts around the world.


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Compete with one of UC Santa ߣߣƵ’s NCAA Division III teams or cheer on the fightin’ Banana Slugs from the stands in sports from basketball to tennis. 

Learn to surf, play competitive dodgeball, or find a personal trainer. Get fit with a multitude of recreation classes and programs.

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Arts and culture

From opera to digital arts, expressive creativity flourishes on campus. Design your own ߣߣƵ, find a ߣߣƵ of creators, or simply enrich your life with the diverse offerings of the arts scene.

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Additional information

Last modified: Jan 30, 2024