University of California-Santa Cruz

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The University of California – Santa Cruz is a public, 4-year school located in Santa Cruz, CA and is one of the ten campuses included in the University of California system. The University was founded in 1965 and chosen to be a part of the UC system more for its beautiful location than the practicality of the geography. The goal was to provide the benefit of a research university with the intimacy of a smaller school. The 2,000 acre campus, just 5 miles from the coast in the Ben Lomond Mountain ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, features large open spaces, creeks and ravines. The academic portions of the campus feature a blend of modern and contemporary architecture. Notable alumni include Huffington Post and BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti, actress Maya Rudolph and Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton.

Academic Programs

The University of California – Santa Cruz is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission and offers Bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s degrees and Doctorates in over 60 fields. Noted for Psychology, the largest programs on campus are in Biology/Bio-Medical fields and Social Sciences. The University is comprised of 10 residential colleges: Cowell College, Stevenson College, Crown College, Merrill College, Porter College, Kresge College, Oakes College, College Eight, College Nine and College Ten. Per the Vision Statement, “UC Santa Cruz is a world-class research university with an extraordinary commitment to society and the success of our students. Our research propels human knowledge, understanding, and creativity forward through a shared spirit of innovation and discovery. Our students join in this experience through our outstanding academic programs, broad student research opportunities, and varied extracurricular activities. An uncommon dedication to diversity, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship pervades all that we do.”

Student Life

There are over 16,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the University of California – Santa Cruz, many of whom live on campus among the residence communities associated with each college. The University sponsors dozens of clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the USCS blue and gold Banana Slugs, led by Sammy the Slug, field teams in 7 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. The University is also home to an official Grateful Dead archive called “Dead Central.” Students accept and abide by the Principles of Community – We strive to be: Diverse: We embrace diversity in all its forms; Open: We believe free exchange of ideas requires mutual respect and consideration for our differences; Purposeful: We are a participatory community united by shared commitments; Caring: We promote mutual respect, trust and support to foster bonds that strengthen the community; Just: We are committed to due process, respect for individual dignity and equitable access to resources, recognition and rewards; Disciplined: We seek to advance common goals through reasonable and realistic practices, procedures and expectations; Celebrative: We celebrate the heritage, achievements and diversity of the community and the uniqueness and contributions of our members.

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