University of California – Santa Cruz

1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011

About University of California – Santa Cruz

University of California – Santa Cruz is classified as a doctoral-granting university with very high research activity. This very large four-year institution has an estimated annual full-time enrollment of 10,000 students or more. More than half of degree-seeking students are enrolled full time, and 25-49% of undergrads reside on campus. This institution awards 80% of its bachelor’s degrees within the arts and sciences fields. Graduate degrees are available in at least half of the fields available to undergraduate majors, and the school awards research doctorate degrees in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and medical fields. Professional education may also be available within other professional fields and related health professions. According to data for fall enrollment, at least 80% of undergraduates are enrolled full-time. This institution shows a high number of transfers; at least 20% of entering undergraduates are transfer students. Enrollment data shows that both graduates and undergraduates are enrolled at this institution. Over 90% of the student body are enrolled as undergraduates.

School Information

General Information

Student Body SizeUndergraduate15,259
Student Age% Under 2589%
 % 25 and Over11%
 % Age Unknown0%
Attendance Type% Full-time97%
 % Part-time3%
Race/Ethnicity% White48.3%
 % Black2.6%
 % Asian20.7%
 % Latino17.3%
 % Native American0.9%
 % Race Unknown8.5%
 % International student2%
Student ServicesCareer CounselingYes
 Student Employment ServicesYes
 Graduate Placement ServicesYes
 Study AbroadYes
 Day CareYes
Religious AffiliationNO
Campus setting
Intitution typePublic
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Academic Information

Distance Learning Available
Calendar SystemQuarter

Admissions Information

Open AdmissionNo
 % Admitted64%
 % Admitted Who Enrolled19%
Application RequirementsHigh School GPA
 High School TranscriptRequired
 High School RankingRecommended
 College Prep CoursesRecommended
 Letter of RecommendationNeither required nor recommended
 Demonstration of CompetenciesNeither required nor recommended
 Admissions ExaminationRequired
 Test of English as a Foreign Language (International Students)Required
Standardized Tests% of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
 % of Applicants Submitting ACT41%
Admitted Student SAT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 SAT Critical Reading / 800630 / 800
 SAT Writing520 / 800630 / 800
 SAT Math520 / 800640 / 800
Admitted Student ACT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 ACT Composite22 / 3628 / 36
 ACT English21 / 3628
 ACT Writing / 12 / 12
 ACT Math22 / 3628 / 36

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & FeesUndergraduate Application Fee$60
 Graduate Application Fee$70
 In-State Tuition & Fees$11,505
 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$34,384
Financial Aid% Undergraduates with Financial Aid61%
 % Undergraduates with Loans46%
 % Undergraduates with Grants46%
 Average Undergraduate Financial Aid Award$ 0
Other CostsBooks and Supplies (Estimated)$1,405
 Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$14,171
 Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$10,435
 On-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$3,715
 Off-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$4,570
 Living with Family, Living Expenses (Estimated)$9,503

Neighborhood Data for the Santa Cruz Area

Median Age30.1
Median Household Income$63,110
Total Population59,022
Age/Gender % Men % Women
 Total50.6% 49.4%
 Age 0-954.6%45.4%
 Age 10-1756.9%43.1%
 Age 18-2448.4%51.6%
 Age 25-2952.8%47.2%
 Age 30-3953.9%46.1%
Race/Ethnicity% White81.8%
 % Black2.4%
 % Asian6.4%
 % Latino18.1%
 % Native American0.7%
 % Pacific Islander0.2%
 % Indian (South Asia)0.9%


On Campus Housing ProvidedYes
Meal Plan ProvidedYes, number of meals per week can vary
Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$14,171
Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$10,435
Median Rent (Rental Units of Any Size)$1,276
Rental Price Distribution StudioOne BedroomTwo Bedroom
 Under $50021.9%11.2%4.1%
 $500 to $74923.2%5.4%0.0%
 $750 to $99929.4%21.9%5.2%
 Over $100025.4%61.5%88.9%
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