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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
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
UC Santa Cruz is a highly rated public university located in Santa Cruz, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 17,082 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Santa Cruz acceptance rate is 51%. Popular majors include Psychology, Computer Science, and Sociology. Graduating 77% of students, UC Santa Cruz alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,800.
About University of California - Santa Cruz...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Division III Independents
Address
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Website
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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
51%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1160-1340
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$16,792/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$18,050/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
72%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.237 responses
32%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.260 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.259 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,082Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
495
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 188 responses
Report
  • Chill
    24%
  • Friendly
    24%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • A Slug
    13%
  • Unique
    6%
  • Weird
    5%
  • Hardworker
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.324 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.367 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 183 responses
Report
  • Beautiful campus, collaborative environment
    28%
  • Nice, fun, and easy going!
    20%
  • Friendly
    13%
  • Unique
    10%
  • City on a Hill
    6%
  • People are Crazy, Professors are just OK
    5%
  • Liberal
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
64%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.163 responses
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University of California - Santa Cruz Reviews

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I loved the campus and area! Being in the Redwood forest was amazing. The campus overlooks the ocean, too. Can't beat that for a public college price tag. But typical of a public university, I did not find the professors to be very engaging to me. Even though it was a small campus at the time, some classes still had hundreds of people, and if you are not proactive to go find help, you will get lost. It's also a party school. Too many drugs, too much alcohol.
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Overall, a really great atmosphere! Everyone there is eager to learn, make new experiences, and create lasting friendships. School can be challenging and some professors are difficult in comparison to others, but this campus provides you with so much outside help like MSI, LSS, etc, (a bunch of tutoring). My first year was great!
University of California Santa Cruz is a second rate university with high administration costs per student, poor housing, subrate dining halls, terrible sports teams, 200+ student classroom sizes, and professors constantly more focused on their research rather than teaching classes even during office hours. Some departments display poor leadership and inconsistencies. For a liberal campus, the administration, especially Housing Discipline, will sweep sexual assault under the rug and resort to blaming the accuser rather than conduct an internal investigation. Do not go to this school. You're better off going to a CC and transferring to a university that cares about their students enough to have a competent administration for the outrageous tuition that they charge.