The University of California-Santa Cruz is part of the University of California System, which U.S. News & World Report ranks #33 in Top Public Schools. The astronomy and space science programs are well-known and popular fields of study for students at this land- and space-grant university. UC Santa Cruz is committed to sustainability and through the Real Food Campus Commitment program, the university provides sustainable foods to its students and runs the oldest organic farm and garden programs in the nation.
Santa Cruz is a fantastic place for anyone looking for a unique college experience. There is a perfect balance between academic focus and rigor, extracurricular opportunities and social opportunities. The campus is astonishingly beautiful and the surrounding area is inspiring, being between the beach and the redwood forest.
Zachary from Newport Beach, CA
UC Santa Cruz is a prestigious 4-year college in an ideal location. Not only do you have the beach and the small college-town feel, but when you're on campus, you are surrounded by beautiful redwoods and are set back from the bustle of the life in town. The students at UC Santa Cruz seem to always be happy and relaxed; it is a wonderful place to be.