University description (as per official university website)
University of California, Santa Cruz, also known as UC Santa Cruz or UCS, was established in 1965. The university introduced its graduate study programs in 1966. The university's campus covers more than 2000 acres in Santa Cruz, California, and overlooks the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean. As of 2007-2008, UCSC served more than 15,000 students and has a number of undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs. UCSC is organized into several academic units including:
* Benjamin F. Porter College
* College Eight
* College Nine
* College Ten
* Cowell College
* Crown College
* Kresge College
* Merrill College
* Oakes College
* Stevenson College
The sports teams of UCSC are known as the Banana Slugs. The teams compete in Division III of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) in men's and women's basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming and diving, and water polo. In addition, the women’s teams also participate in golf and cross country. The women's rugby team won the Division II National Collegiate Championship in the 2005-2006 season.
Financial aid helps fill the gap between the cost of attending UC Santa Cruz and the amount that students and their families can afford to pay. Although we encourage any UCSC student who needs financial assistance to apply for financial aid, students must meet the following federal requirements in order to be eligible for most types of aid we offer.
You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Foreign students with student visas are not eligible for financial aid.
You must be enrolled in a program leading to a degree or certificate. Students enrolled as regularly admitted students to UCSC qualify. Enrollment in the Education Abroad Program is also considered enrollment at UCSC for purposes of all types of financial aid described on this website.
Students attending UCSC summer session only (not otherwise enrolled at the campus), those enrolled only through UCSC Extension and/or Concurrent Enrollment, and those enrolled in limited-status or other non-degree-granting programs are not eligible.