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UCSC's 10 Colleges

UC Santa Cruz combines the resources of a world class public research university with a distinctive undergraduate experience characterized by our college system. Each college is a vibrant living/learning community supported by faculty and staff who provide academic support, organize student activities, and sponsor events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus.

After accepting the UC Santa Cruz offer of admission, all undergraduate students become affiliated with one of our 10 colleges. During the admissions acceptance process students have an opportunity to indicate their college preferences.

Cowell Collelge
Cowell College
Founded 1965
Stevenson College
Stevenson College
Founded 1966
Crown College
Crown College Founded 1967
Merrill College
Merrill College
Founded 1968
Porter College
Porter College
Founded 1969
Kresge College
Kresge College Founded 1971
Oakes College
Oakes College Founded 1972
College Eight
College Eight Founded 1972
College Nine
College Nine Founded 2000
College Ten
College Ten
Founded 2002


The colleges differ in academic focus, environment, location, architecture, and programs offered. However, all 10 colleges are dynamic, engaging learning communities that offer opportunities for students to help build and shape their experiences.

Every college community includes students with diverse backgrounds and academic goals. Your college affiliation is independent of your choice of major.

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