home to the banana slug UC Santa Cruz is Located 80 miles south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz The campus lies on 2,001 acres of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific ocean and Monterey Bay. • • UC Santa Cruz was Founded in 1965 by Dean McHenry Although some of the original founders had already outlined plans for an institution like UCSC as early as the 1930s, the opportunity to realize their vision did not present itself until the City of Santa Cruz made a bid to the University of California Regents in the mid1950s to build a campus just outside town, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. UCSC offers undergraduate majors in the Divisions of Art, Humanities, Physical and Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences, and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering. In addition, many of our majors are interdisciplinary and draw from the strengths of our faculty and researchers in multiple areas. Gus Hansen- Pro poker player, was an exchange student at UCSC in 1993 David Lowery- Singer of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, Graduated from UCSC in 1984 Paul Magid, Howard Patterson-Founders of The Flying Karamazov Brothers, attended and met at UCSC in 1972 Camryn Manheim-Actress, graduated from UCSC in 1984 Huey P. Newton- Activist, attended UCSC in 1974 Bradley Nowell -Singer of the band Sublime, attended UCSC from 1986 to 1988 Dana Priest- Pulitzer Prize winning writer, graduated from UCSC in 1981 Rebecca Romijn- Model Maya Rudolph- Comedian on Saturday Night Live, graduated from UCSC in 1995 Michael Shipley- TV Writer/Producer "Family Guy" & "My Name Is Earl" UCSC's mascot is the banana slug. In 1981, when the university began participating in NCAA intercollegiate sports, the thenchancellor and some student athletes declared the mascot to be the "sea lions." Most students disliked the new mascot and offered an alternative mascot, the banana slug The banana slug According to a 2002 study of first year students, most students come from affluent backgrounds and are more likely to identify as liberal than the national average. The median household income UCSC students reported for their families of origin was $80,600, roughly 87.5% above the national average in 2002. Dorm at UCSC The "Banana Slugs" of UC Santa Cruz are represented by the colors blue and gold. Currently, there are three ways to qualify for admission to the University of California. First, students can "qualify in the statewide context." Second, students ranking in the top 4 percent of their class in participating high schools in California may gain admission through what is called "qualifying in the local context." Finally, students with very high test scores may qualify by their examination scores alone. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.00 for California residents or 3.40 for non-California residents in the UC collegepreparatory courses known as the "a-g" courses. In addition, all students must complete required standardized tests. More specifically, you need: a. History/Social Science, two years b. English, four years c. Mathematics, three years (four years recommended) d. Laboratory Science, two years (three years recommended) e. Language Other than English, two years in one language other than English (three years recommended) The campus alone is breathtaking. Being on campus is equivalent to taking a nature walk. There are paths and shortcuts all around, leading deep into the forests of Santa Cruz. Those poor students stuck with 8am lectures get to see the deer, raccoons, and other small animals on a daily basis. Yes, the campus is simply amazing--it is hilly and wonderful, and the air alone smells so fresh and crisp! The professors vary, as they are human beings with flaws (who would have thought, right?). I have had some mediocre ones & I've had some fantastic ones! My favorite professor, Bruce Thompson (History Dept.) is one of the sweetest and most captivating lecturers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. -Nina M UCSC student The Office of Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports at UC Santa Cruz provides students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Santa Cruz community the opportunity to become actively involved in an organized sports and recreation program. Services provided by OPERS include Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Athletics, Recreation, Drop-In Recreation and Physical Education classes. They have soccer, softball, baseball, basket ball, and Crockae. The use of theater productions in languages other than in English has been a long tradition at UCSC. Almost every year since that time, students of French have performed fully staged productions in the language for campus and community audiences. In 2001, several lecturers in other languages joined Dr. Ellis in creating the INTERNATIONAL PLAYHOUSE, with the first year's program consisting of pieces in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. In 2002 students performed in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish; in 2003, Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish were represented. The following year saw Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish and 2005 offered a program that included Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. In 2007, a unique program of pieces in five languages was presented to the public. In a culture where the dominant form of communication is logical and verbal, art explores the power of visual imagery for personal and public communication. The Art Department provides students with the means to pursue this imagery with a foundation in visual studies. This foundation is necessary for students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge about a broad range of visual activity, both past and present; students are offered courses that expose them to the complex relationship between theory and practice Only students interested in working toward the Ph.D. in Education will be admitted to the program. The minimum grade-point average (GPA) established by the University of California for admission to graduate school is 3.0. In general, the Ph.D. in Education program looks for potential excellence in graduate students, whether this manifests itself in a high grade-point average, strong letters of recommendation, or a high Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, or a strong statement of purpose. Applicants will be evaluated on their individual merits and also with regard to how well their proposed doctoral projects can be supported by the existing resources of the program. explore the links to the left, and learn about the many opportunities for curricular and cocurricular engagement at UCSC, meet some of our extraordinary faculty, and read about the success stories of our students and alumni. Please note that this list includes all undergraduate majors, but some items, such as Prelaw, Pre-medicine, and Education, are areas of study that may be covered by a number of different majors. If this is the first time you have accepted federal student loans at UC Santa Cruz, there are three important requirements you must complete before you will receive funds: Complete the on-line loan promissory note(s) this is your promise to repay the loan. Complete on-line pre-loan entrance counseling; this is an opportunity to learn about the terms and conditions of the loan(s) as well as about your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. Check to be sure you have an "active" permanent address in MyUCSC. Common Data Set (CDS) is a collaborative effort between universities and publishers. Data provided is used as a standard set to help publishers compare campuses. Student Characteristics include a broad set of descriptive statistical information relating to demographic characteristics of students on the campus. Reports are provided for the fall term, the previous academic year, and longer historical views.