Welcome to UC Santa Cruz

Chancellor George Blumenthal

2015-16 General Catalog

Welcome to UC Santa Cruz. For 50 years, UCSC has been known as an extraordinary place for students to pursue their interests and discover their passions.

That has never been more true than it is today, when UCSC is ranked first in the world for research influence. Faculty here are doing pioneering work that is recognized around the world; they are charting new directions and changing paradigms. For students—undergraduate and graduate—it means you will be learning from and working alongside people who are the best in their fields. You will be partnering with scholars, scientists, artists, and engineers whose own quest for knowledge is as alive today as when they were undergraduates.

And what a place to learn! This campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, with redwood forests, grassy meadows, and oak-studded hills affording unparalleled views of the Monterey Bay. The setting will inspire and renew you, while the facilities support your intellectual and physical development.

When UCSC first welcomed students to campus in 1965, they were greeted by the motto of Cowell College: The pursuit of truth in the company of friends. That motto resonates today on a campus where faculty and staff are dedicated to student success. Our 10 residential colleges provide small living and learning communities that offer leadership opportunities, extracurricular activities, and social engagement. Because these years are not solely about learning. Be sure to try new things, whether in student government or on the soccer field.

As we embark on our second half-century, I welcome you to UC Santa Cruz and look forward to having you become a part of our story.


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Revised: 09/01/15