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UCSC Demographics & Diversity

Santa Cruz, California

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at UCSC are predominantly White with a significant Hispanic population. The school has very high racial diversity. 67% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

University of California Santa Cruz has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is eligible for federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve Hispanic Americans.

Racial demographics of University of California Santa Cruz students
Race Percent of Students
White 33%
Black 2%
Hispanic 31%
Asian 21%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 7%
International 4%
Race Unknown 2%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 2% more male students than female students enrolled at University of California Santa Cruz with a gender ratio of 50% men to 50% women. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, UCSC has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for University of California Santa Cruz students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 50%
Women 50%
Enrollment by gender for University of California Santa Cruz students
Gender Number of Students
Men 9,821
Women 9,657

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

UCSC serves a very low number of students outside of California, with 90 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for University of California Santa Cruz students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 90%
Out of State 7%
Foreign 3%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$78,075 per year

33% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 4.5%
Part time Undergrads 2.5%

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