Provost's Welcome Message

Porter College is a vibrant community of students, teachers, artists, scholars, counselors, and friends, living and learning together in the belief that a liberal arts education is a life-changing experience to which everyone is entitled.

We are especially dedicated to supporting achievement in the arts at Porter, but we share the mission of all of the colleges at UC Santa Cruz, which is to establish relationships of lasting consequence between students and the people who teach and advise them. We offer interdisciplinary education and academic mentoring. We foster relationships between people from different backgrounds and enable students to explore diversity in a setting that is socially relaxed but academically intense. We also encourage personal and social responsibility by creating opportunities for students to share their learning with the community and to make meaningful contributions to the places where they live. The result, we hope, are graduates who are prepared to engage the complexities of life in a changing world with curiosity, empathy, resilience, and joy.

I invite you to explore Porter College in the pages of this website. See what courses we offer here that you will not find anywhere else on campus. Read the stories that we tell about our transformative experiences. Get to know the College Staff and contact us with your questions about Porter. When you have read your fill, visit us in our beautiful location overlooking the city of Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay.

Every Porter student is unique and remakes the College in his or her own way, adding new threads to the constantly evolving fabric of our community—a fabric that we are making together, from the resources of our diverse experiences, aspirations, and needs. The College’s motto is ars longa, vita brevis, which means “art endures, but life is short.” Join us at Porter and make your mark.

Sean Keilen
Provost, Porter College