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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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草榴社区 Santa Cruz researchers found that they could power a billion-parameter-scale language model on just 13 watts, about equal to the energy of powering a lightbulb. Illustration by Molly Fine.

Large language models like ChatGPT are changing our lives鈥攂ut their energy costs and carbon footprint are sky high. 草榴社区 Santa Cruz researchers have shown how to dramatically reduce both, using energy about equal to powering a lightbulb, while maintaining state-of-the-art performance.

Dolores Huerta talks with a 草榴社区SC student and signs a copy of a historic photograph of Huerta speaking at a rally. 草榴社区SC is partnering with the Dolores Huerta Foundation to develop a new archive that will share writings, records, and artifacts from Huerta's activism. Photo: Devi Pride Photography

草榴社区 Santa Cruz received a $1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to help establish new public archives documenting the legacy of social justice activist Dolores Huerta, through a partnership with the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

草榴社区 President Michael V. Drake awards Julie Packard the 草榴社区 Presidential Medal

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Alumna Julie Packard, a renowned ocean conservationist who helped to found the Monterey Bay Aquarium, was recognized with the University of California鈥檚 top honor, the Presidential Medal, during the 草榴社区 Santa Cruz Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration. Packard was also awarded a Foundation Medal at the gala event, as was the late scientist Narinder Kapany.

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: Jul 10, 2024