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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 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 $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
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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,567/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,966/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,212/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,701/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,447/ year
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Academics

Professors
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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.254 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.253 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,082Undergrads
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 183 responses
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  • Friendly
    25%
  • Chill
    25%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • A Slug
    12%
  • Unique
    7%
  • 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.318 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.361 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 177 responses
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  • Beautiful campus, collaborative environment
    28%
  • 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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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.
My experience at UCSC has been great. There are plenty of on campus jobs available for students, over 150 clubs and orgs, and resources such as Educational Opportunity Program, Student Transfers and Returning Students, Disability Resource Center, Career Center, and four ethnic resource centers. The campus is beautiful and in close proximity to many beaches and major cities such as San Francisco and San Jose. The students and faculty are mostly friendly and there are plenty of research opportunities. However, the financial aid office takes a week to get back to students on average, and the ethnic and racial diversity is extremely disproportional with a mostly White population and less than 3% African, Black, and Caribbean population.