A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
University of California - Santa Cruz is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Division III Independents
Address
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Website

University of California - Santa Cruz Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
56%
SAT Scores Range
990-1270
ACT Scores Range
23-29
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for University of California - Santa Cruz

Cost

Net Price
$14,759/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,862/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,021/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,297/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,215/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,853/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.237 responses
33%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.233 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.232 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,825Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 162 responses
Report
  • Chill
    25%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • A Slug
    12%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Weird
    6%
  • Hardworker
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.297 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.340 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 156 responses
Report
  • Beautiful campus, collaborative environment
    24%
  • Nice, fun, and easy going!
    24%
  • Friendly
    14%
  • Unique
    12%
  • People are Crazy, Professors are just OK
    6%
  • City on a Hill
    6%
  • Liberal
    5%

After University of California - Santa Cruz

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
64%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.163 responses

University of California - Santa Cruz Reviews

3,446 reviews
All Categories
Nestled between the head bending Red Wood tree's UC Santa Cruz owns outstanding beauty. She is home to curious creatures, deer, raccoons, possums but even more interesting are yes, you guessed it. Banana Slugs! This awesome yellow gastropod as seen on John Travolta's in Pulp Fiction and any of your quirksome friend's shirt is the official mascot of UCSC. Pretty cool. However, it is sad to note that due to California's current drought the Banana Slug has been in decline. However, no fear Shakespeare, UCSC students excel in the science's ex. Marine Biology, Astronomy and Environmental Studies. They are sure to help find a solution to drought and save the Banana Slug. They are one od the world's leading research universities, therefore no fear.
Review University of California - Santa Cruz
I love this school! I am a transfer student and have been happy since the first day I moved in. I wish I went here for all four years of my college career. The teachers are enthusiastic and passionate, my classes are rich and hands on, the campus is always clean and green, and the students are active and ready to learn! One thing I would change about the school is the population. I have heard from several sources that the school is admitting more students than we have room for. It is hard to get on campus living, and the buses are always crowded and full.
Studying here at UC Santa Cruz for the past 3 years has been nothing but an adventure. The professors are helpful and incredible at teaching, I have learned so much. There is an amazing Literature program, as a Literature major I have been able to receive the help I've needed picking classes etc. Besides the amazing professors the campus is unique considering is placed right in the middle of the forest. There is so much to see and do, its great to be surrounded by the beautiful nature everyday!