Mission and Vision

Our mission

As a pre-eminent public research university, UC Santa Cruz transforms California and the world through groundbreaking discoveries, creative scholarship, public service, and an inclusive student-centered learning environment that empowers students to become engaged global leaders.

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Our vision

At UC Santa Cruz, we aspire to lead at the intersection of innovation and social justice. By challenging conventional thinking through our collaborative interdisciplinary approach and distinction as an inclusive learning environment, we will advance the spectrum of knowledge and develop sustainable solutions to the challenges of our time. 

Social justice and environmental sustainability are critical to the collective future of humankind and our planet, and we will continue to work tirelessly to advance these ideals. Our work will transcend our university to produce contributions and solutions through collaborations and community partnerships that advance knowledge and transform California and the world. 

We will be recognized broadly for our areas of research excellence and their impact, known for our advancements in core disciplines and exploration at their intersections. Our approach to research and creative scholarship will enhance the faculty community and enrich the undergraduate experience through mentorship, research, and experiential learning opportunities. We will advance graduate program excellence to develop, mentor, and prepare future generations of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and leaders. Our world-renowned research clusters and programs will make UC Santa Cruz the destination of choice for faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars. 

We will provide a student-centered learning experience for our undergraduate and graduate students. Our teaching and learning will be enhanced by a culture of inclusion, respect, and agency, the open exchange of ideas, and the strength and perspectives that emerge from a diverse community of scholars. Advanced by our distinctive residential college system and approach to the holistic student experience, we will help our students develop their skills in critical thinking, inquiry, and analysis through inclusive teaching approaches, mentoring, hands-on learning opportunities, and support programs for students from all backgrounds.