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University of California, Santa Cruz Acceptance Rate, Requirements & Admissions Information

Santa Cruz, CA

Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 1  
History 1  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required July 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
Use of SAT/ACT Essay SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1156 High Street
City, State, Zip
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone
 
Fax
(831) 459-4452
E-mail
admissions@ucsc.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 31
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 for California residents, 3.4 for non-residents required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
52% of 55,866 applicants were admitted
Women
51% of 29,434 applicants were admitted
Men
52% of 24,375 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,079 (15%) of 27,615 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,929 (13%) of 15,050 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,150 (17%) of 12,565 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
12,859
Students Accepting Wait List Position
7,576
Students Admitted From Wait List
4,676

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.57
3.75 and Above
15%
3.50 - 3.74
31%
3.25 - 3.49
33%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
653 average
600-710 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
32.7%
Score of 600 - 700
42.5%
Score of 500 - 600
23.7%
Score of 400 - 500
1.1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
659 average
590-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
17.5%
Score of 600 - 700
55.3%
Score of 500 - 600
25.7%
Score of 400 - 500
1.5%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
24-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
31.2%
Score of 24 - 29
47.2%
Score of 18 - 23
21.3%
Score of 12 - 17
.3%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 96%
Top quarter: 100%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

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