University of California--Santa Cruz

Part of the 10-campus University of California, one of the world's most prestigious research universities, the University of California, Santa Cruz is characterized by an extraordinary commitment to undergraduate teaching and research. Nestled on 2,000 acres of redwood forest and meadow on the Central Coast of California, UC Santa Cruz is renowned for world-changing research in biomolecular engineering, physics, marine sciences, environmental sciences, astronomy and astrophysics, and international economics, among other prestigious programs. The campus is home to the national Center for Adaptive Optics, the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics, the Institute of Marine Sciences, and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Research activity at UC Santa Cruz is interdisciplinary and collaborative and focuses on improving the planet and the lives of all its inhabitants. Recent research initiatives include the Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems, the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC), and the discovery of the first potentially habitable planet outside our Solar System. UC Santa Cruz's Jack Baskin School of Engineering addresses such important 21st century topics as information technology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. The Baskin School of Engineering recently added innovative new majors in robotics engineering and computer game design, and it offers one of the few undergraduate majors in bioinformatics in the country. UC Santa Cruz has a distinctive residential college system in which all undergraduate students, whether they live in university housing or not, are affiliated with one of 10 colleges. In addition to housing students in small-scale residential communities, each college offers courses, provides academic support, organizes student activities, and sponsors events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus. College affiliation is independent of choice of major. Every college community includes students with diverse backgrounds and academic goals. In addition to its outstanding beauty, the campus benefits from its strategic location near Silicon Valley and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, offering students numerous opportunities for research and internships. The campus has won many awards for its sustainability programs, including recognition from Sierra Magazine, recognition for its innovative dining hall programs, and LEED-certified "Gold" buildings. For more information, see

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Public, Coed 1965 N/A Quarter $244.4 million 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (831) 459-0111
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54 100.0 California Santa Cruz 372 76