University of California in Santa Cruz

About The University of California - Santa Cruz

The University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) is a public school and a member of the University of California System. The school opened with just under 700 students in 1965 and has since awarded more than 77,000 degrees. It's accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The university's 2,000-acre campus is located near Monterey Bay.


UCSC awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees as well as post-baccalaureate certificates through the School of Engineering and five divisions: physical and biological sciences, art, humanities and social sciences. A total of 50 undergraduate fields of study are offered; students can also create an independent major. Graduate degrees are available in 34 fields of study as well.

As of 2011, the school boasted a total student enrollment of about 18,000, the majority of whom were undergraduates, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1. The university states that 58% of lower division and 72% of upper division courses consist of less than 30 students.


UCSC accepts online University of California applications once a year and permits new and transfer students to enter each fall. As of 2012, admission requirements for incoming freshmen included a minimum 3.0 GPA in 15 specific high school courses, the ACT Plus Writing or SAT Reasoning test and a personal statement. In the fall of 2012, the university received approximately 33,000 applications and admitted 64% of applicants.

Tuition and Financial Aid

UCSC's undergraduate resident tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $13,416. Overall, the school estimates the total yearly cost of attendance for residents at $33,291. UCSC offers work-study opportunities for undergraduate students and teaching or research assistantships for graduate students.

According to the school, more than 2,000 students receive scholarships each year. In addition to scholarships, the school accepts state and federal loans as well as Cal Grants. Cal Grants are given by the state to students and do not have repayment obligations.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body About 18,000 students; approximately 17,000 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing Undergraduate students live in one of ten residential colleges*
Schools and Programs Five schools, 50 undergraduate programs of study and 34 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Undergraduate Fields of Study Sociology, anthropology, film and digital media, community studies, history, politics, business management economics, literature, psychology, environmental studies (2011)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 49% in four years
73% in six years
75% in eight years**
Admissions Rate 64% in 2012*
First Year Retention Rates 91% (full-time students)
70% (part-time students)**
Application Due Date November 30, 2012, for 2013-2014 school year*
Decision Notification Date Begins March 15, 2013 for 2013-2014 school year*
Tuition $13,416 per year (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011: Federal grants (42%), state and local grants (40%), institutional scholarships (62%), federal loans (56%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 73% 2011**

Sources: *University of California Santa Cruz, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: Office of Admissions - Cook House, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
  • Phone: (831) 459-4008
  • Website:

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