University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

The University of California at Santa Cruz, founded in 1965, is a public, comprehensive university. The campus was established with a unique purpose: to combine the university's strengths in scholarship and research with an academic program devoted to undergraduate education. The school offers a small college setting paired with the considerable resources of a major public university. Every undergraduate is a member of the eight residential colleges. In the colleges, the students, faculty and staff are members of a small intellectual and social community where learning is an integral part of living. Each college has a complement of faculty members and 1,000 to 1,400 students drawn from all disciplines. About half of the students live on campus. While students participate in campus-wide academic programs, each college of the university provides new students with academic advising and an introductory core course. Its 2,000-acre campus is located on a former ranch, overlooking Monterey Bay, the Pacific Ocean and downtown Santa Cruz.

Website: www.ucsc.edu/

Public
Co-ed
17,792
Undergraduate
Students
(48.4%) 8,611 Women
(51.6%) 9,181 Men
1,908
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
48% of 56,634 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.55
SAT Math
590-720 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
620 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
24-31 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $37,186
Out-of-state: $66,178
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,054
Out-of-state: $43,046
Room and Board
$16,916
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Freshman Award
$24,908
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,092
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
611
Regular Class Size
Not reported
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Campus Life

Santa Cruz Population
62,041
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Francisco, San Jose
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
51% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Banana Slug
Sororities
8% of women participate
Fraternities
7% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.2% Asian
2.1% Black/African-American
29.9% Hispanic/Latino
8.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
32.9% White
1.9% Unknown
International Students
7.8% from 50 countries
First-Year Students Returning
87.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
49.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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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 Essay component required
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy 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
(831) 459-4008
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
48% of 56,634 applicants were admitted
Women
47% of 30,774 applicants were admitted
Men
48% of 24,581 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,546 (17%) of 26,224 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,922 (13%) of 14,332 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,185 (18%) of 11,892 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
12,504
Students Accepting Wait List Position
7,453
Students Admitted From Wait List
149

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.55
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
590-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
35%
Score of 600 - 700
38%
Score of 500 - 600
25%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
620 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
20%
Score of 600 - 700
50%
Score of 500 - 600
27%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27 average
24-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
37%
Score of 24 - 29
43%
Score of 18 - 23
19%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
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

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $37,186
Out-of-state: $66,178
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,054
Out-of-state: $43,046
Room and Board
$16,916
Books and Supplies
$1,085
Other Expenses
$5,131
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
fin_aid@cats.ucsc.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
March 2
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001321
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
2,685 (76.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,974 (75.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,878 (95.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
447 (23.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Award
$24,908
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,823 (96.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,343
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,442 (78.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,567
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 49 (1.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
450 (10.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,492

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
11,932 (73.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
10,129 (84.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
9,711 (96.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,414 (27.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$25,395
Need-Based Gift
Received by 9,394 (97.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,020
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 7,151 (74.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,793
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 142 (1.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,658 (8.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,657

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
58%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,092
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
12.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
13.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Agriculture, Area/Ethnic Studies, Computer Science, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
204
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
105
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Hobbies/Interests, Leadership, Memberships
Number of Awards
34
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
First-Generation College Students, International Students, Out-of-State Students, Veterans
Number of Awards
1,046
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,685
Academic Calendar System
Quarter
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Astrophysics
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Science
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, Other
  • Computer Science
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • International Economics
  • Italian Studies
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Mathematics, General
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Biological/life sciences, Social sciences, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
611
Part-Time Faculty
228
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
71%
Regular Class Size
Not reported
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,364,236
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts, Master of Science

Master's Programs of Study

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Music

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Affairs
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Psychology--General
  • Sociology

Location and Setting


Santa Cruz Population
62,041
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Francisco, San Jose
Campus Size
2,000 acres

Weather

Temperature
45.8 average low in January, 68.7 average high in September
Rain
68 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Santa Cruz
Nearest Train Station
30 mile(s) from campus in San Jose

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing
Students in College Housing
51% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Banana Slug
School Colors
Blue and yellow

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Golf x      
Soccer x   x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x   x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf    
Soccer x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Women's Club Sports
badminton, cheerleading, equestrian sports, fencing, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, sailing, softball, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
badminton, cheerleading, equestrian sports, fencing, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, sailing, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, bayanihan, chinese student association, city on a hill press, college panhellenic & inter-greek council, indian student association
Sororities
8% of women participate
Fraternities
7% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
17,792
Women
8,611 (48.4%)
Men
9,181 (51.6%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
17,255
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.2% Asian
2.1% Black/African-American
29.9% Hispanic/Latino
8.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
32.9% White
1.9% Unknown
International Students.
7.8% from 50 countries
Average Age
23
All Graduate Students
1,908

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
87.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
49.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
71.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
77.2%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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