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University of California, Santa Cruz

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University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz United States

Ranking

# =393QS World University Rankings

About University of California, Santa Cruz

Since its inception in 1965, the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education, graduate studies, and research. UCSC students can take advantage of innovative academic planning combined with the research resources and scholarship strengths of the University of California system. At UC Santa Cruz, a program of general education is enhanced with opportunities for academic specialization.  

Named to the 2017 US News & World report top 50 Best Global Universities, UC Santa Cruz has earned national and international recognition both for the impact of its research and for its long-established commitment to quality undergraduate instruction.

A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC's core values.

Faculty include two of the University of California’s honored University Professors, 22 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 10 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 34 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

About University of California, Santa Cruz

Since its inception in 1965, the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education, graduate studies, and research. UCSC students can take advantage of innovative academic planning combined with the research resources and scholarship strengths of the University of California system. At UC Santa Cruz, a program of general education is enhanced with opportunities for academic specialization.  

Named to the 2017 US News & World report top 50 Best Global Universities, UC Santa Cruz has earned national and international recognition both for the impact of its research and for its long-established commitment to quality undergraduate instruction.

A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC's core values.

Faculty include two of the University of California’s honored University Professors, 22 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 10 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 34 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

University information

Bachelor

1150+
6+
80+

Master

600+
3+
6+
80+
19,235
90%
10%
1,405
56%
44%
1,125
78%
22%

Tuition fee and scholarships

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Rankings & ratings

University of California, Santa Cruz is one of the top public universities in Santa Cruz, United States. It is ranked #=393 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #311
  • 2014
    #=307
  • 2015
    #=265
  • 2016
    #=269
  • 2017
    #296
  • 2018
    #=301
  • 2019
    #=336
  • 2020
    #367
  • 2021
    #416
  • 2022
    #=347
  • 2023
    #=375
  • 2024
    #=332
  • 2025
    #=393

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