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University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

Overview

Student Population
19,700
National Rank
#110
University of California Santa Cruz overview
Location Santa Cruz, California
Online ucsc.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
University of California Santa Cruz overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Santa Cruz, California, University of California Santa Cruz is a large four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 56,586 prospective students applied, and 26,803 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,695 enrolled in the school.  19,093 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 607 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $11,442 plus fees of $2,518. UCSC is ranked 110 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

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Admission Standards
Elite
University of California Santa Cruz overview
SAT 1190/1400
ACT 26/32
GPA 3.73
Applications Accepted
47.4% 
University of California Santa Cruz overview
Applications Due Nov 30, 2019
Applicant Competition Average

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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition
$11,442
In State Costs for University of California Santa Cruz
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,089
Other Fees$2,518
Room and Board $16,448
Budget for Other Expenses$4,720
Total One Year Cost$36,217
Out of State Resident Tuition
$40,434
Out of State Costs for University of California Santa Cruz
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,089
Other Fees$2,518
Room and Board $16,448
Budget for Other Expenses$4,720
Total One Year Cost$65,209

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$50,400 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
73% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of California Santa Cruz students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 17%
Biology 14%
Psychology 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%
Business 9%

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Reviews

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If you are a student, former student, faculty member or parent, please help guide other prospective students by sharing your personal experiences with this school. What is it really like to go to University of California Santa Cruz?

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Jan 2, 2019
R******a from CA
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I was a computer science and arts major at UCSC and I had a great time! The game design department has some notably incredible faculty. The only issue I had overall was housing on & off campus because there are many sketchy landlords in the santa cruz area.

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Dec 26, 2018
A******o from Cheyenne
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UCSC is a great school and has something for everyone. A research university to its core, Santa Cruz has a lot of world-renown programs, professors, and up-to-date academic spaces (lecture halls, classrooms, labs, etc.). The culture of the university is one of the most unique in the world. The only real problem I had with the school was the overpopulation of the campus. The campus is massive, but there isn't a lot of on-campus living options, especially because the city and students preach a policy of conservation and many initiatives to build new housing complexes get turned down. That ends up pushing a lot of the students into the city, which wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that Santa Cruz is one of the most expensive places to live in the state. If something doesn't get done about the housing crisis soon, it can completely break this amazing school and city.

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Apr 2, 2016
E******c from Santa Cruz
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Ridiculous experience. If you want a hippie style education and to smoke a lot of weed, go here but it's mostly a waste of your time.

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