University of California – Santa Cruz: Ranking & Review

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Santa Cruz Rank United States Rank World Rank
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University of California - Santa Cruz Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Acceptance Rate51%52%50%
Enrolled undergraduates4,0482,0751,973
Enrolled total (including graduate students)19,4579,8439,614

1,323 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $70. Application fee for graduates - $105.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores3,252
Percent of students submitting SAT scores80%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores2,076
Percent of students submitting ACT scores51%
ACT Composite
ACT English
ACT Math

University of California - Santa Cruz Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $36,040 $64,054
Off-campus $32,558 $60,572
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $16,055 and other expenses per full academic year.

University of California - Santa Cruz provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 9,338 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $11,502 $39,516
Fees for full-time undergraduates $2,518 $2,518
Tuition for Full-time graduates $11,502 $26,604
Fees for full-time graduates $2,335 $2,335

Programs and Degrees

Biological and Biomedical Sciences 673 11 23 707
Social Sciences 572 67 21 660
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 376 57 14 447
Psychology 396 10 11 417
Visual and Performing Arts 321 15 9 345
Physical Sciences 193 33 40 266
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 243 9 8 260
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 257 257
Engineering 163 54 22 239
Natural Resources and Conservation 197 8 6 211
History 116 7 4 127
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 113 113
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 98 2 100
Legal Professions and Studies 95 95
Education 1 82 1 84
Mathematics and Statistics 60 11 4 75
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 55 55
Philosophy and Religious Studies 39 2 2 43
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 14 14
English Language and Literature & Letters
Grand Total3,9823661674,515

A total of 3,982 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at University of California - Santa Cruz.

At the master's and doctor's level 533 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

Graduation rate77%75%79%
  • Full-time retention rate - 91%
  • Part-time retention rate - 12%

General info

Alternative namesUC Santa Cruz
MottoFiat Lux
Let there be light
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Mission StatementThe UCSC vision is to promote academic excellence within a diverse community of scholars and learners. UCSC will lead in the development of new disciplines, advances in established disciplines and in new lines of collaboration between disciplines by its receptivity to creativity and innovation based in rigorous scholarly activity. We will celebrate the diversity of our students, faculty and staff and value their differing perspectives and contributions.
Colorsucsc blue, ucsc gold
Academic CalendarQuarter
Total FTE staff3,250
Instructional FTE690
Research FTE267
Public Service FTE1
Sector of institutionPublic, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

Location and Contacts

Address1156 High St
Santa Cruz, California, 95064-1011
United States
Urbanization levelCity: Small
City population50,000 - 250,000
Fax+1 (831) 459 4452

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