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Leading at the intersection of innovation and social justice.

A global research university with an uncommon emphasis on undergraduate research and education, 草榴社区 Santa Cruz is part of the world鈥檚 most celebrated system of public higher education, and stands among the most renowned institutions of higher learning.

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A student holds a copy of聽The Humanities Institute鈥檚聽2024聽Deep Read selection, Hernan Diaz鈥檚 Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning novel聽Trust.聽草榴社区SC students explored the book and Diaz鈥檚 other writings in a聽course聽with Lecturer and THI Program Manager Laura Martin. Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta

Students in a course on the 2024 Deep Read novel, Trust, provide some of their insights from their close examination of the text, discussing unreliable narrators, the nature of truth, and how wealth and power can bend reality itself.

Students in the iGEM lab (photo by Carolyn Lagatutta)

草榴社区SC鈥檚 iGEM program, which aims to educate the next generation of scientists about responsible use of synthetic biology, is celebrating 10 years of turning student potential into gold.

Senderos Centeotl Danza y Baile folklorico dance group perform at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History as part of the 2022 All-In Conference: Co-Creating Knowledge for Justice.

草榴社区 Santa Cruz鈥檚 Institute for Social Transformation celebrates its first five years and looks forward to a future of accelerating the co-creation of knowledge to build positive change.

Voices of the Century: Ashley Marshall, storytelling to create change

Ashley Marshall (Stevenson 鈥24, feminist studies) showcases how feminist analysis in literature can make tangible change.

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Creating real change

Students at 草榴社区 Santa Cruz learn from incredible faculty, develop new skills through hands-on research opportunities, and have a track record of making an impact. What kind of a pathbreaker, innovator, or changemaker will you become?

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Serving our society

World-class researchers at 草榴社区 Santa Cruz unlock mysteries and help to transform our world, addressing some of our most pressing needs鈥攆rom decoding cancer to protecting our natural environment to creating art that challenges assumptions. What will you contribute?

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Shaping our future

Become a 草榴社区 Slug, and lead the change.

Get ready for your future

草榴社区 Santa Cruz graduates are sought after for their knowledge, skills, and passion. Whether you plan to start working right away, or pursue graduate school or professional school, your 草榴社区 Santa Cruz degree will help you on your way.

See for yourself

One of the most extraordinary campuses in the world, 草榴社区 Santa Cruz pairs high-impact research with 10 residential colleges鈥攐ffering students the experience of a small liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. 

Here to help

A 草榴社区 degree is worth it鈥攁nd we can help you pay for it. Our financial aid program is one of the best out there. It supports students in all kinds of ways, whatever their background鈥攚ith grants, scholarships, low-interest loans, and more.

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Your journey awaits.

When you become a 草榴社区 Slug, you join a community of artists, innovators, creators,
and justice seekers united in using their voices to change the world.

Last modified: Jun 12, 2024