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grade B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A minus
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade B
  5. Athletics
    grade C
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade A
  8. Location
    grade B
  9. Dorms
    grade C minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade B minus
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  12. Safety
    grade C+

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UC Santa Cruz is an above-average public university located in Santa Cruz, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 16,994 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Santa Cruz acceptance rate is 51%. Popular majors include Computer Science, Psychology, and Managerial Economics. Graduating 75% of students, UC Santa Cruz alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,800.

About

1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Division III Independents

University of California - Santa Cruz Rankings

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UCSC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
51%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1200-1380
ACT Range
26-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$17,889 / 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
$16,955 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
70%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
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. 270 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 269 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • All
    0%
  • None
    96%
  • Some
    4%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,994 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
523
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 197 responses
  • Chill
    26%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Diverse
    19%
  • A Slug
    13%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Weird
    5%
  • Hardworker
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene. 334 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 377 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 193 responses
  • Beautiful campus, collaborative environment
    28%
  • Nice, fun, and easy going!
    20%
  • Friendly
    12%
  • Unique
    10%
  • Beautiful campus,progressive,friendly environment
    6%
  • City on a Hill
    6%
  • People are Crazy, Professors are just OK
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,900 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
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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