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  1. Academics
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  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 16,509 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Santa Cruz acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Psychology, Computer Science, and Sociology. Graduating 77% of students, UC Santa Cruz alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,000.
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
58%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1060-1290
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,261/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,290/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,319/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,083/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,467/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,215/ year
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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.252 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.251 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,509Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 181 responses
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  • Chill
    25%
  • Friendly
    24%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • 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.316 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.359 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 175 responses
Report
  • Beautiful campus, collaborative environment
    27%
  • Nice, fun, and easy going!
    21%
  • Friendly
    13%
  • Unique
    11%
  • City on a Hill
    6%
  • People are Crazy, Professors are just OK
    6%
  • Liberal
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
49%
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
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University of California - Santa Cruz Reviews

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I love UCSC! I decided to come to this school because of it's beautiful campus and because it is a good school in a prime location for my major (marine biology). The campus is unlike any I've seen before; you practically forget that you're walking around a college campus because you get so immersed in the beautiful scenic redwood forest around you. UCSC is also very close to the ocean, making it a great location for those who love to frequent the beach. Aside from location, I have had great experiences academically with this school. All of my professors have been extremely kind and genuinely interested in the wellbeing and learning process of their students. Finally, UCSC is a school that is extremely accepting of people from all different backgrounds, sexual orientations, and cultures and strives to make all students feel welcome. Has always been my dream school, and still is.
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I have had the time of my life at UCSC! The campus is nestled in the woods of Santa Cruz a wonderlfy funky surfer town with lots of character. The school itself is beautiful with so many amazing things to do outdoors. There are amazing caves, shrines, ponds, and tree houses to explore. The reattach opportunities are amazing. Perhaps the best part of the university is how it is separated into 10 separate colleges instead of feeling like a huge state university it feels much more like a small university with small classes. I was surprised by just how much I get to interact with professors and the provost of my college. As far as parties go the forest is always happening and first rain and 420 are amazing.
UCSC has been the perfect school for me. I'm studying Literature and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and I am extremely satisfied with my programs. The campus is ideal if you enjoy the redwoods and being immersed in nature, but there is also some beautiful architecture if that is more your thing! I believe that there is something for everyone here.