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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?

4,713 Undergraduate Awards
$45,920 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.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered 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.

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University of California - Santa Cruz Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UC Santa Cruz has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#107 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UC Santa Cruz.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Most Popular Legal Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Most Popular History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UC Santa Cruz has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Best Colleges for Linguistics & Comparative Literature College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Anthropology College Factual
#46 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#110 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#114 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

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 )
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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?

$45,920 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UC Santa Cruz is $45,920. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

16,994 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,517 undergraduate students at UC Santa Cruz, with 16,994 being full-time and 523 being part-time.

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

There are also 1,977 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,994 full-time undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz, 52% are male and 48% 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 3,724
Black or African American 290
Hispanic or Latino 4,489
White 5,256
International Students 1,555
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,680

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 559 0 30 18 607
General Psychology 443 0 8 13 464
Business/Managerial Economics 339 0 0 0 339
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 244 0 3 5 252
Sociology 237 0 4 1 242
Natural Resources Conservation 222 0 5 9 236
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 200 0 4 8 212
Economics 148 0 49 10 207
General Biology 193 0 0 0 193
Political Science & Government 166 0 3 5 174
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 144 0 5 16 165
Computer Engineering 96 0 47 7 150
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 140 0 6 2 148
Fine & Studio Arts 132 0 13 0 145
Ethnic Studies 135 0 5 2 142
Anthropology 112 0 4 7 123
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 117 0 0 0 117
Information Technology 106 0 0 0 106
Cognitive Science 105 0 0 0 105
Mathematics 97 0 2 5 104
History 94 0 7 2 103
Electrical Engineering 40 0 42 6 88
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 86 0 0 0 86
Physics 54 0 10 12 76
Educational Assessment 0 0 68 5 73
Chemistry 49 0 6 16 71
Geological & Earth Sciences 49 0 9 11 69
Biomedical Engineering 60 0 0 0 60
Design & Applied Arts 58 0 0 0 58
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 55 0 0 0 55
Astronomy & Astrophysics 27 0 23 5 55
Philosophy 48 0 2 2 52
Community Organization & Advocacy 47 0 0 0 47
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 39 1 40
Drama & Theater Arts 29 0 6 0 35
Romance Languages 30 0 0 0 30
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 12 0 6 7 25
Music 12 0 4 7 23
Applied Mathematics 0 0 16 5 21
Plant Sciences 10 0 0 0 10
Communication & Media Studies 0 10 0 0 10
Area Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0 1 1 5
Archeology 4 0 0 0 4
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 1 3
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 2 2
Classical Languages & Literature 1 0 0 0 1
Statistics 0 0 1 0 1
Religious Studies 1 0 0 0 1
General Physical Sciences 1 0 0 0 1
Other Visual Art 0 0 0 1 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,713 10 430 192 5,345

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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