Santa Cruz is a 2nd class municipality located on the northern edge of the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 52,202 people in 9,754 households. The town has both public and private schools, including those run by religious organizations, foundations and individuals. The Ramon Magsaysay Polytechnic University (RMTU) – Sta. Cruz Campus is part of the RMTU SYstem operating in the whole Zambales Province, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Educational Teaching and other courses.