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University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), Santa Cruz

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The University of California, Santa Cruz, is a public, collegiate research university and one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Located 75 miles south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2001acres of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz is considered a Public Ivy institution. It began as a showcase for progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. Since then, it has evolved into a modern research university with a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs, while retaining its reputation for strong undergraduate support and student political activism. The residential college system, which consists of ten small colleges, is intended to combine the student support of a small college with the resources of a major university.
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  • Just an amazing landscape; everything from rolling fields to redwoods to the research centre by the ocean; and fresh air and great architecture. The forest setting must be pretty unique and a variety ...  more »
  • Fantastic redwoods and meadow vistas alternate. Don't miss the walkways that lead through 'cathedral groves' or the dramatic bridges. Both McHenry Library and the Science Library offer dramatic vistas...  more »
  • I took a quick drive up the campus road before leaving town and was blown away by how beautiful this campus is. You wind your way up a small road up a long hill surrounded by old barns, rolling green ...  more »