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University of California, Santa Cruz

The University of California at Santa Cruz is a public university located in a coastal surfing community. Founded to showcase progressive, cross-disciplinary education, the university brings innovative teaching methods. The school has grown into a modern research university offering undergraduate and graduate programs, while retaining its focus on political activism.

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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. UC Santa Cruz faculty and students have earned national and international recognition for the quality of research and teaching.

Students can select from 63 undergraduate majors and 35 minors, with graduate programs in 33 fields. Popular undergraduate majors include Art, Business Management, Economics, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Psychology, as well as interdisciplinary programs in Feminist Studies, American Studies, Environmental Studies, Digital Arts and New Media, and the History of Consciousness.