From building more efficient solar cells to working to save endangered sea turtles, UC Santa Cruz's focus is on improving our planet and the lives of all its inhabitants. Within our extraordinary educational community characterized by its distinctive collegiate system, students participate in interdisciplinary programs that emphasize the creation of new knowledge, new technologies, and new ways of expressing and understanding cultures.


Pursuing Knowledge and Understanding...


...And After Graduation

  • Filmmaker Cary Fukunaga (B.A., history, '99), writer and director of acclaimed
    film Sin Nombre (Left)
  • Entrepreneur Paul Simpson (B.A., business management economics, '02), owner
    of SageTel telecommunications company (Center)
  • Scientist Kathryn Sullivan (B.S., earth sciences, '73) nominated by President
    Obama for Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Right)