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.

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

Choosing Your College Affiliation »

Cowell College
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

Rachel Carson College
Rachel Carson College
Founded 1972

College Nine
College Nine
Founded 2000

College Ten
College Ten
Founded 2002

Colleges Map