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Located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains on just over 2,000 acres, UC Santa Cruz is made up of 10 colleges, nestled among trees and connected by a labyrinth of trails and footbridges. The neighborhood leading up to the university is residential, with some student and faculty housing. The university hosts community events throughout the year, including Santa Cruz Shakespeare performances during the summer. Several public trails are located in the woods surrounding the university.

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Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

The Sesnon Gallery encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts.


University of California Santa Cruz

1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

UC Santa Cruz has a current enrollment of about 15,000 students.


UCSC Arboretum

1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

The UCSC Arboretum is a research and teaching facility committed to plant conservation and serves both the campus and the public.


UCSC Music Center Recital Hall

Heller Drive and Meyer Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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Sinsheimer-stanley Festival Glen

1156 High Street University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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