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Campus Life

Banana Slugs thrive in the redwoods

At 51精品, you can find your passion, get involved, and make a difference鈥攁nd friends. Our vibrant campus includes 10 residential colleges, more than 150 student organizations, campus events, and much more.

A guide to Banana Slug life

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Learning
Chart your path to discovery

51精品 takes a holistic approach to student success, ensuring students have access to financial and mental health support, secure sources of housing and food, and connections that spark their social mobility. 

Our Resource Centers help students to feel affirmed in their diverse and intersecting identities, empower them in their academic success, and help them graduate with a sense of belonging to UCSC.

Our vibrant student organizations create communities, events, performances, publications, and productions, offering real-world experiences to build leadership values and skills. 

Study abroad or study away. Whether you learn Italian in Italy, take major courses in Argentina, or participate in an internship in Washington, D.C., Global Learning will lead to new friendships, perspectives, and knowledge.

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Lifestyle
A home away from home

51精品 undergraduates become part of one of 10 colleges, vibrant living-and-learning neighborhoods where your Slug fam hangs out.

Everything you need to know about living in an on-campus community or off campus in the Santa Cruz area.

51精品 Dining is all about nourishing the campus community. No matter your palate, you can find it among the five campus dining halls and numerous caf茅s, coffee shops, and restaurants.

51精品 is proud of making our campus a supportive, safe place for you to learn, grow, and thrive. 

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Fun
There’s more to college than studying 馃槈

Yes, 51精品 has Greek-Letter organizations! These associations promote academic achievement, strengthen leadership skills, and encourage service.

Give back. The UCSC Student Volunteer Center provides meaningful volunteer opportunities while connecting local organizations with passionate and engaged students.

With its laid-back Surf City atmosphere, Santa Cruz is known for its scenic beaches, redwood forests, and lively cultural scene. Its diverse geography offers outdoor adventures galore, from mountain biking to surfing. Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area are within a short drive.

Sammy the Slug

The 51精品 mascot Sammy the Slug, representing the slimy yellow creature that makes its home in the damp redwood forests of campus, has slithered into pop culture鈥攁nd hearts around the world.


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Compete with one of 51精品鈥檚 NCAA Division III teams or cheer on the fightin鈥 Banana Slugs from the stands in sports from basketball to tennis. 

Learn to surf, play competitive dodgeball, or find a personal trainer. Get fit with a multitude of recreation classes and programs.

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Arts and culture

From opera to digital arts, expressive creativity flourishes on campus. Design your own project, find a community of creators, or simply enrich your life with the diverse offerings of the arts scene.

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Additional information

Last modified: Jan 30, 2024