College Ten

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College Ten
MottoSocial Justice and Community
TypeResidential college
ProvostFlora Lu
Colors     UCSC Blue
     UCSC Gold
A dorm building at College Ten.

College Ten is one of the ten residential colleges at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It is on the north side of campus, west of College Nine and north of the Cowell Student Health Center. The theme of its freshman core course is Social Justice and Community.

College Ten is home to the University Center, a conference center located above the College Nine and Ten Dining Commons, and the Terry Freitas cafe, a student-run co-op cafe named after UCSC-alumni Terry Freitas, who was murdered in Colombia due to his work with the U'wa people to stop oil companies from drilling on U'wa land.[2]

In 2010, students and staff worked together to name the three residential halls. They are called Angela Davis House, after the American political activist and UCSC professor, Angela Davis; Ohlone House, after the native Ohlone people who are indigenous to the region; and Amnesty House, after Amnesty International and their work for human rights.

The construction of Colleges Nine and Ten in 1992 caused a furor among students, as the planned construction site called for the destruction of a region of forest known as Elfland. Rife with unique student-built fantasy structures, the demolition of most of Elfland sparked student protests, resulting in several arrests [1].

College Ten was founded in 2002, making it the newest UCSC college as of May 2017. It is one of two residential colleges, along with College Nine, that are as yet unnamed.

College Ten and College Nine are in physical proximity, with a shared central dining hall.

University of California, Santa Cruz students (including those associated with either College Nine or College Ten), as well as university staff, generally refer to both Colleges as "College Nine and Ten". There is currently very little to distinguish one from the other: they have identical architecture, are within close proximity to each other, are both associated with the Social Science Buildings, and their core course themes have many similarities. The College Nine and College Ten residence halls and shared dining hall opened in fall 2002. Nine and Ten hold few events that are solely for one college or the other.


  1. ^ 2010 Fall Quarter - New, Continuing, and Returning Students by College Affiliation, accessed June 27, 2011
  2. ^ "Terry Freitas Café honors memory of inspirational young alumnus".

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Coordinates: 37°00′03″N 122°03′31″W / 37.00072°N 122.058476°W / 37.00072; -122.058476