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University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

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Overview

Student Population
19,161
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

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 54,988 prospective students applied, and 35,591 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,193 enrolled in the school.  18,410 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 751 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2020/2021, excluding room and board, is $11,442 plus fees of $2,583. UCSC is ranked 222 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2022 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

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Ratings

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

UCSC is rated within the top 33% 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 2022 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Very High
University of California Santa Cruz overview
SAT 1160/1360
ACT 25/33
GPA 3.51
Applications Accepted
64.7% 
University of California Santa Cruz overview
Applications Due Nov 30, 2022
Applicant Competition Low
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$1,162
Other Fees$2,583
Room and Board $18,866
Budget for Other Expenses$5,084
Total One Year Cost$39,137
Out of State Resident Tuition
$41,196
Out of State Costs for University of California Santa Cruz
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,162
Other Fees$2,583
Room and Board $18,866
Budget for Other Expenses$5,084
Total One Year Cost$68,891

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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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