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

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.236 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.235 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 165 responses
Report
  • Chill
    25%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • A Slug
    12%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Weird
    5%
  • 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.300 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.343 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 159 responses
Report
  • Beautiful campus, collaborative environment
    23%
  • Nice, fun, and easy going!
    23%
  • Friendly
    14%
  • Unique
    11%
  • City on a Hill
    7%
  • People are Crazy, Professors are just OK
    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
Colleges like University of California - Santa Cruz
More

University of California - Santa Cruz Reviews

3,466 reviews
All Categories
WOW! I loved my first year here so much that I stayed for summer, taking four math classes. This school loves its students and wants everyone to succeed. The campus is hands down the single most beautiful one in the world. It's an amazing place to live. Dining options leave nothing to be desired, which is saying something because I am picky! I love my professors and I appreciate the staff members in all the Student Services departments. Everyone is here to help. I met my boyfriend in my first-year dorms. I couldn't be happier with my choice of school.
Review University of California - Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is a beautiful place to go to school. The campus is gorgeous, your classes are within a stunning sea of redwood trees on a hill overlooking the ocean. The classes I have taken have been wonderful with professors and TA's that are extremely well versed in the subjects they teach. The Financial Aide office and Admissions office are slightly unorganized though which can inflict challenges on your educational goal. Despite that however, it is an amazing school to reside!
UCSC is an amazing campus! I fell in love with it when I saw the deep forest it was in and just how close it was to the beach! I really love it so much. Other than the aesthetics of UCSC, the faculty is really great and the classes are exceptional. My mind has expanded in ways I could only imagine before. Also, the diversity on campus is, more-or-less, well rounded from a student's perspective. I've met various people from many different parts of the world and it has been an amazing experience for me!