Reputation and Rankings


UC Santa Cruz is a top-tier research university, internationally recognized in many areas. Below are a few examples:

Research Impact

  • 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 genetics.
  • 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 Report’s ratings for 2010.

Making a World of Difference