Higher Education Puts Santa Cruz in the Top Tier of Education

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On Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 16:41
The list of accolades is dizzying; it's rated the 19th best graduate school in the nation for earth sciences, 39th for English and 45th for physics. All told, U.S. News and World Report placed the University of California, Santa Cruz, inside its top 100 graduate schools list for 11 different subjects in 2008. The school’s ace, though, is their No. 1 national ranking for research impact in physics by Thompson Scientific. In a separate study, UC Santa Cruz’s economics department ranked ninth out of more than 300 public and private universities around the world in the field of international finance. The school of 15,000 students also ranked 15th in a study of 60 elite universities for the percentage of its students whose bachelor’s degree led to doctorates. UC Santa Cruz casts a pretty long shadow in the Santa Cruz education community, but there are other institutes of higher learning in the city. Bethany University is a small, private Christian school that offers majors such as addiction studies and youth ministries leadership, along with more tradition fields of study like communications. Santa Cruz’s community college is Cabrillo College. Cabrillo’s main campus is in nearby Aptos, but classes are also offered at several locations in downtown Santa Cruz. Cabrillo currently serves more than 13,000 students, who can pursue two-year degrees or take courses to transfer to one of the many four-year universities with which Cabrillo is connected. Many students transfer to UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State University and California State University at Monterey Bay. Cabrillo is currently building a new student services complex, arts and education facilities and a health care education center. Santa Cruz’s high schools are as impressive as its colleges. One, in particular, stands out: Pacific Collegiate Charter was ranked No. 2 on U.S. News and World Report’s 2008 Gold Medal high schools list and No. 13 on Newsweek’s 2008 list of best high schools in the nation.