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University of California: Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA


  • Type
    4-year • Public
  • Campus Life
    Very Large • Suburban
  • Average Per Year After Aid
  • SAT Range
    Not available
  • Graduation Rate

University of California: Santa Cruz is a very large, 4-year, public university. This coed college is located in a city in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

From the Institution

The University of California, Santa Cruz has earned worldwide distinction through its commitment to bold and progressive research and creative scholarship, innovative teaching in both graduate and undergraduate education, and engaged public service that benefits our communities and the planet. Since its founding, UC Santa Cruz has been on an unprecedented trajectory. From being the first to first in the world to assemble the DNA sequence of the human genome and make it publicly available to marking a new era in astronomy by being the first to observe merging neutron stars, UC Santa Cruz researchers and experts have been at the forefront of major achievements that advance humanity and our understanding of the world. A member of the American Association of Universities and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, UC Santa Cruz has had a commitment to social justice and environmental stewardship, values that are woven through research, scholarship and campus life. With 10 residential colleges, UC Santa Cruz combines the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. The campus provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience-in laboratories, art studios, and archives as well as through field research that spans the world. Its world-class facilities are in one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, a 2,000-acre redwood forest at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The campus serves over 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students at its residential campus, which is just 30 miles from Silicon Valley. UCSC's Silicon Valley Campus is a multidisciplinary teaching and research hub that is home to master's degree programs in Games and Playable Media and Natural Language Processing, engineering faculty, an incubator-accelerator program, and more.

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March 2
Financial Aid Application Due

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