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University of California - Santa Cruz Overview

University of California - Santa Cruz is a public institution situated in Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of California - Santa Cruz Known For?

17,082 Full-Time Undergraduates
$17,699 Avg Cost After Aid
51% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UC Santa Cruz is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at UC Santa Cruz.
  • In 2017-2018, 77% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz makes roughly $46,900 a year. This is 15% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

University of California - Santa Cruz Rankings

UC Santa Cruz landed the #292 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. UC Santa Cruz also holds the #30 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that UC Santa Cruz has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for UC Santa Cruz

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 178
Best Colleges for Diversity 194
Best Colleges 292
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 538
Best Colleges for the Money 1,052
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,177

Where Is University of California - Santa Cruz?

Location of University of California - Santa Cruz

Contact details for UC Santa Cruz are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011
Phone: 831-459-0111
Website: www.ucsc.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ucsantacruz
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ucsc

How Do I Get Into UC Santa Cruz?

You can apply to UC Santa Cruz online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UC Santa Cruz

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UC Santa Cruz?

51% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
80% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UC Santa Cruz is 51%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 52%, and the acceptance rate for women is 50%.

Average Test Scores

About 80% of students accepted to UC Santa Cruz submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 580 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Santa Cruz  ( 580 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Santa Cruz  ( 580 to 680 )
200
800
UC Santa Cruz received ACT scores from 51% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 25 and 30. Composite scores were between 26 and 31.

ACT English Scores for University of California - Santa Cruz  ( 24 to 31 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - Santa Cruz  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Santa Cruz  ( 26 to 31 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - Santa Cruz?

$17,699 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UC Santa Cruz is $17,699. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UC Santa Cruz

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,601 $11,927 $15,559 $22,969 $32,852

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UC Santa Cruz, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $5,887 a year. That adds up to $23,548 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Santa Cruz is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - Santa Cruz Undergraduate Student Diversity

17,082 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,577 undergraduate students at UC Santa Cruz, with 17,082 being full-time and 495 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UC Santa Cruz

There are also 1,880 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 17,082 full-time undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UC Santa Cruz

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - Santa Cruz students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UC Santa Cruz Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,804
Black or African American 322
Hispanic or Latino 4,864
White 5,314
International Students 1,083
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,695

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - Santa Cruz. At this time, 35 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 72 countries are represented at UC Santa Cruz. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Taiwan.

Online Learning at University of California - Santa Cruz

0 Took All Classes Online
853 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 853 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UC Santa Cruz has changed over the last few years.

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This is the #2,028 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UC Santa Cruz regardless of major.

University of California - Santa Cruz Majors

In 2017-2018, University of California - Santa Cruz awarded 9,426 undergraduate degrees and 1,244 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Anthropology 0 112 4 7
Applied Mathematics 0 0 16 5
Archeology 0 4 0 0
Area Studies 0 8 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 27 23 5
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 86 0 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 12 6 7
Biomedical Engineering 0 60 0 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 339 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 244 3 5
Chemistry 0 49 6 16
Classical Languages & Literature 0 1 0 0
Cognitive Science 0 105 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 47 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 96 47 7
Computer Science 0 559 30 18
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 39 1
Design & Applied Arts 0 58 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 29 6 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 144 5 16
Economics 0 148 49 10
Educational Assessment 0 0 68 5
Electrical Engineering 0 40 42 6
Ethnic Studies 0 135 5 2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 140 6 2
Fine & Studio Arts 0 132 13 0
General Biology 0 193 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 1 0 0
General Psychology 0 443 8 13
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 49 9 11
History 0 94 7 2
Information Technology 0 106 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 200 4 8
Mathematics 0 97 2 5
Music 0 12 4 7
Natural Resources Conservation 0 222 5 9
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 55 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 117 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 3 1 1
Other Visual Art 0 0 0 1
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 1
Philosophy 0 48 2 2
Physics 0 54 10 12
Plant Sciences 0 10 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 166 3 5
Religious Studies 0 1 0 0
Romance Languages 0 30 0 0
Sociology 0 237 4 1
Statistics 0 0 1 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 2
Total 0 9,426 860 384

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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