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University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

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Overview

Student Population
19,700
University of California Santa Cruz overview
Location Santa Cruz, California
Online ucsc.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
University of California Santa Cruz overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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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 55,796 prospective students applied, and 28,629 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,712 enrolled in the school.  19,093 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 607 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $11,442 plus fees of $2,549. UCSC is ranked 215 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

7/10
Overall
10/10
Academics
5/10
Resources
8/10
Outcomes
9/10
Value

UCSC is rated within the top 32% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for University of California Santa Cruz within the 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Very High
University of California Santa Cruz overview
SAT 1200/1380
ACT 26/32
GPA 3.73
Applications Accepted
51.3% 
University of California Santa Cruz overview
Applications Due Nov 30, 2020
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $70

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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$1,085
Other Fees$2,549
Room and Board $16,951
Budget for Other Expenses$5,270
Total One Year Cost$37,297
Out of State Resident Tuition
$41,196
Out of State Costs for University of California Santa Cruz
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,085
Other Fees$2,549
Room and Board $16,951
Budget for Other Expenses$5,270
Total One Year Cost$67,051

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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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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110714 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Cruz.

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