Located in sunny and beautiful Santa Cruz, CA, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) is a research-intensive, NCAA Division III school that offers bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as graduate certificates. There is financial aid available to assist with the cost of attendance and there are numerous sports and recreational activities available to students at several different athletic levels. Because the area offers so many recreational activities, students who love the outdoors will never be bored.
UCSC offers many unique programs and opportunities for research so that students have the opportunity to learn hands-on. Some of these include the the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, the Lick Observatory, the Keek Observatory and the Long Marine Laboratory. Although UCSC’s University Library is the largest research library between Santa Barbara and Stanford, it is the smallest general library in the University of California school system.
There is student housing available on campus should students choose to live at the university. A unique program that students participate in requires that they be a part of one of several different “colleges” that organize student activities, recreation and other social events. Students are placed in these “colleges” according to request or assignment; majors of study have no bearing on placement so that students interact socially with many other students that they wouldn’t normally encounter in classroom settings.