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
    B
  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
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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
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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

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.240 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.239 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,823Undergrads
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 169 responses
Report
  • Chill
    25%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • 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.304 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.347 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 163 responses
Report
  • Beautiful campus, collaborative environment
    24%
  • Nice, fun, and easy going!
    23%
  • Friendly
    13%
  • Unique
    11%
  • City on a Hill
    7%
  • 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'm going to be a sophomore at UCSC and I love it here! The staff really pay attention to you, everyone is very caring and thoughtful, and most importantly there are so many clubs on campus that there is a place for everyone to enjoy their favorite extra curricular activities. Not to mention the environment of Santa Cruz is worth visiting, and there are so many things to do around the area, such as go to the beach boardwalk or hike in the woods. Some changes I would like to expect at Santa Cruz are more funding toward all departments, more job opportunities on campus for students to be more involved in the santa cruz community, and more housing for student since that is becoming harder to attain as the years go by. Overall, UCSC is a great choice for those who choose to come here! Go slugs!
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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.
The campus is absolutely gorgeous and everyone is very welcoming and inviting! You can tell everyone loves to be there which makes it such a wonderful environment to live in. The classes are a good challenge but not intensely overwhelming which is also nice. There are also a lot of opportunities to get involved in a bunch of different organizations, clubs, social justice moments, and more!