University of California Santa Cruz

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School Overview

Locally known as UCSC and often referred to as UC Santa Cruz, the University of California, Santa Cruz, is a public, four-year university that represents one of ten schools in the University of California system. UC Santa Cruz is situated on about 2,000 acres in a coastal community located about 82 miles south of San Francisco. It’s campus is known for its beautiful scenery, which includes rolling, wooded hills, and a breath taking view of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

General Information

Admission Office

Cook House, 1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

(831) 459-4008

Fax: (831) 459-4452



Contact: Michelle Whittingham

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

(831) 459-0111

www.ucsc.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 15,125

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,965

Degree-seeking undergrads: 15,125

Graduate enrollment: 1,490

Setting

Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 73%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $7,646 $8,200 $9,507 $11,505 +21.02%
Books and Supplies $1,325 $1,356 $1,393 $1,405 +0.86%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $12,482 $13,038 $13,642 $14,171 +3.88%
Other $3,300 $3,354 $3,584 $3,715 +3.66%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,484 $9,675 $10,176 $10,435 +2.55%
Other $4,105 $4,176 $4,433 $4,570 +3.09%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $24,753 $25,948 $28,126 $30,796 +9.49%
In-state Off Campus $22,560 $23,407 $25,509 $27,915 +9.43%
In-state with Family $8,971 $9,556 $10,900 $12,910 +18.44%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $9,342
In-state Student Fees $1,982
Out-of-state Tuition $24,444
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $1,982

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,393 61%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,808 46% $21,299,215 $11,781
• Federal grants 994 25% $4,588,227 $4,616
• Pell grants 991 25% $3,673,839 $3,707
• Other federal grants 915 23% $914,388 $999
State and local government grant or scholarships 1,074 27% $5,080,993 $4,731
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,729 44% $11,629,995 $6,726
Student loan financial aid 1,833 46% $8,299,772 $4,528
• Federal student loans 1,807 46% $7,428,978 $4,111
• Other student loans 76 2% $870,794 $11,458

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 3579 268 149 17
Agriculture, General 5
Plant Sciences, General 5
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 168
American/united States Studies/civilization 36
German Studies 4
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 69
Italian Studies 1
Women’s Studies 58
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 480 14 27
Bioinformatics 3 11 8
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 57
Biology/biological Sciences, General 114
Cell/cellular and Molecular Biology 122 5
Ecology 45
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 3 11
Environmental Toxicology 3
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 74
Molecular Biochemistry 38
Neuroscience 27
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 359
Business/managerial Economics 359
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9
Communication and Media Studies, Other 9
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 86 23 8
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 22
Computer and Information Sciences, General 39 23 8
Web Page, Digital/multimedia and Information Resources Design 25
Education 99 3
Education, General 99 3
Engineering 52 11 16
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 4
Computer Engineering, General 24 8 8
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 24 3 8
English Language and Literature/letters 232 7 6
English Language and Literature/letters, Other 232 7 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 94 11 4
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 6
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 58
Linguistics 30 11 4
History 167 9 3
History, General 167 9 3
Human Services, General 114
Community organization and Advocacy 114
Mathematics and Statistics 56 6 3
Applied Mathematics, General 2
Mathematics, General 56 6 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 13 1 8
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 13 1 8
Natural Resources and Conservation 257 3 2
Environmental Science 27
Environmental Studies 230 3 2
Physical Sciences 103 17 37
Astronomy 5 3
Astrophysics 6
Chemistry, General 33 3 20
Geology/earth Science, General 40 4 7
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 4
Physics, General 24 4 3
Psychology 421 3 8
Psychology, General 421 3 8
Social Sciences 597 39 23
Anthropology 157 7 8
Economics, General 84
Economics, Other 36 12
International Economics 10 9
Political Science and Government, General 150 2 1
Social Sciences, Other 4
Sociology 170 4 5
Visual and Performing Arts 375 25 1 8
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 60
Art/art Studies, General 123
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 37 8
Film/video and Photographic Arts, Other 119
Fine/studio Arts, General 19
Music Theory and Composition 1
Music, General 36 6
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Plant Sciences B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B
Area, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies B
German Studies B
Italian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bioinformatics B
Biological and biomedical sciences B
Biology B
Cellular/Molecular Biology B
Ecology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B
Molecular Biochemistry B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business/Managerial Economics B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer and information sciences and support services B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Game design and development B
Web/Multimedia Design B

Engineering

Biomedical Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Linguistics B

History

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Astrophysics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of California-Santa Cruz Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(831) 459-0111
Website:www.ucsc.edu/
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad_adm/apply/apply_online.html
Address:1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:18,783
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):73%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:17,980 (96% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$13,539
Out-of-state Tuition:$40,221
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:77%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$17,812

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of California-Santa Cruz Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of California-Santa Cruz.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies5
Biological and Biomedical Sciences844
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services521
Education111
Engineering432
English Language and Literature/Letters111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics522
History111
Legal Professions and Studies1
Mathematics and Statistics122
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies211
Natural Resources and Conservation211
Philosophy and Religious Studies211
Physical Sciences455
Psychology311
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences664
Visual and Performing Arts1543
Grand total2593530

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of California-Santa Cruz.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of California-Santa Cruz and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$13,539
Out-of-state$40,221
Books and supplies$1,470

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$13,386
Out-of-state$28,488

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,76577%
Grant or scholarship aid2,51870%$17,812
Student loan aid1,70447%$5,840

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid11,56471%$17,548
Federal student loans8,22151%$5,992

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of California-Santa Cruz. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of California-Santa Cruz students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants49,18121,93327,248
Percent admitted100%57%58%
Percent admitted who enrolled9%10%8%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of California-Santa Cruz Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment18,783
Undergraduate enrollment16,962
Graduate enrollment1,821

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of California-Santa Cruz Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

    *General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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