Reputation and Rankings
UC Santa Cruz is a top-tier research university, internationally recognized in many areas.
Below are a few examples:
- In 2010, the computer engineering Ph.D. program was ranked 1st in the nation for
its publication impact (National Research Council).
- In 2010, the UCSC Economics Department was ranked 7th in the world--and 6th
among all academic departments--for research in international finance, according
to Research Papers in Economics (RePEc).
- In 2010, the British publication Times Higher Education ranked UCSC 18th in the
world for research impact in geosciences.
- In 2008, Science Watch reported that UC Santa Cruz achieved the highest score
for the number of citations per high-impact paper in molecular biology and
- In the same edition of Science Watch, two of UCSC's biomolecular engineers --
James Kent and David Haussler -- were ranked 4th and 9th, respectively, among
authors with the most high-impact papers in molecular biology and genetics.
Faculty Honors and Awards
- In 2011, Richard (Ed) Green, professor of biomolecular engineering, was awarded a $300,000 Searle Scholars grant.
- In 2011, UCSC literature professor Karen Tei Yamashita won a California Book Award for her novel I Hotel.
- In 2010, professor of Earth and planetary sciences Gary Glatzmaier was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer in the U.S.
- UCSC literature professor Nathaniel Mackey was awarded a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry.
- In 2010, Professor Faye Crosby, a social psychologist and expert on affirmative action, received the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance, presented by UC Merced.
College Guides, Surveys, and Magazines
In 2011, Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranked UCSC as one of the 100 "best values in public colleges."
In 2010, Parade Magazine listed UCSC as #10 among "Large State Schools" in their "College A-List", based on a survey of top high school counselors across the nation.
UCSC was named one of the "100 Happiest Colleges" by the Daily Beast Online in 2010.
UCSC's graduate program in Earth sciences was ranked 13th in a survey of U.S. doctoral programs in the sciences published by U.S. News and World Report (2010).
In 2010, Forbes Magazine listed UCSC as one of the 23 most beautiful campuses in the world.
UC Santa Cruz ranked 29th among public national doctoral universities in U.S. News & World Reportâ€™s ratings for 2010.
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