Santa Cruz, CA
UCSC is a world-class research and teaching university highlighting interdisciplinary learning and a distinctive residential college system. From building more efficient solar cells to researching personalized care for cancer patients, our focus is on improving our planet and the lives of all its inhabitants. Celebrated for its extraordinary beauty, our oceanside campus is a center of learning, research, and the free exchange of ideas. We are near Monterey Bay, Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area -- an ideal location for internships and future employment.
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This tour takes you through each spot that one of our Student Life & University Guides (SLUGs) would take you on a guided tour of campus! From housing and dining, to the health center, to classrooms and labs, get an overview of campus here.
Find community and engage! Whether you live on campus or not, you will be affiliated with one of our 10 residential colleges, providing many opportunities for activities, advising, and leadership. The colleges are not associated with your major. So for example, you can major in computer engineering but be affiliated with Porter College, where the theme is arts-centered.
Join us for our largest welcome event for admitted students! Walk through the different areas on campus that you'll visit throughout the day. Check out a full program here: https://admissions.ucsc.edu/banana-slug-day.
Our dining halls provide a place for community and shared experiences. There are five dining halls on our main campus, along with different cafe options at key locations. Regardless of where you find yourself during the day, you may choose to eat at any one of our dining halls. Not only do we have different rotating menus for each dining hall every month offering produce sourced from our campus and local organic farms, we provide complete nutritional breakdowns and a simple system to easily identify dietary restrictions.