UCSC

University of California - Santa Cruz

1156 High St, Santa Cruz, United States
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  • Total Documents
    2,250
  • Class Notes
    1,520
  • Textbook Notes
    162
  • Study Guides
    522
  • Currently Enrolled
    2,722
  • Previously Enrolled
    1,357

Overview of University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC)

About this school

The University of California at Santa Cruz, founded in 1965, is a public, comprehensive university. The campus was established with a unique purpose: to combine the university's strengths in scholarship and research with an academic program devoted to undergraduate education. The school offers a small college setting paired with the considerable resources of a major public university. Every undergraduate is a member of the eight residential colleges. In the colleges, the students, faculty and staff are members of a small intellectual and social community where learning is an integral part of living. Each college has a complement of faculty members and 1,000 to 1,400 students drawn from all disciplines. About half of the students live on campus. While students participate in campus-wide academic programs, each college of the university provides new students with academic advising and an introductory core course. Its 2,000-acre campus is located on a former ranch, overlooking Monterey Bay, the Pacific Ocean and downtown Santa Cruz.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:17,577
    • Men:8,781 Men (50.0%)
    • Women:8,796 Women (50.0%)

Location

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Admission Information (UCSC)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of California, Santa Cruz is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
2
3
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
1
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 28
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Not used if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Used for admission ACT: Used for admission

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1156 High Street
City, State, Zip
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone
(831) 459-4008
Fax
(831) 459-4452
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 31
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 for California residents, 3.4 for non-residents required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
51% of 52,065 applicants were admitted
Women
50% of 28,963 applicants were admitted
Men
52% of 23,102 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
4,546 (17%) of 26,643 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,209 (15%) of 14,572 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,337 (19%) of 12,071 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.50
375 And Above
15%
3.50 - 3.74
31%
3.25 - 3.49
33%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
629 average |580-690 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
23%
• Score 600 - 700
45%
• Score 500 - 600
29%
• Score 400 - 500
4%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
18%
• Score 600 - 700
51%
• Score 500 - 600
28%
• Score 400 - 500
3%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
27 average |24-30 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
29%
• Score 24 - 29
50%
• Score 18 - 23
19%
• Score 12 - 17
2%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (UCSC)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $14,028|Out-of-state: $42,042 (46.63%)
  • Room & Board: - $16,055 (53.37%)
  • Other Expenses: - Not reported
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of California, Santa Cruz accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
March 2
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001321
Free
State Aid Form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
3,108 (76.9%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,357 (75.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,259 (95.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
522 (23.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
83%
Average Award
$25,549
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,176 (96.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,794
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,779 (78.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,927
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 41 (1.8%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
433 (10.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,456

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
12,285 (73.2%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
10,555 (85.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
10,181 (96.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,757 (27.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$25,754
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 9,871 (97.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,030
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 7,608 (74.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,107
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 149 (1.5%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,403 (8.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,392

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
64%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$22,804
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
10.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
12.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Agriculture, Area/Ethnic Studies, Computer Science, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Hobbies/Interests, Leadership, Memberships
Special Characteristics
First-Generation College Students, International Students, Out-of-State Students, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,549

Academics & Instruction (UCSC)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Quarter

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


Not reported

Part-Time Faculty


Not reported

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


Not reported

Regular Class Size


  • Not reported

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • Not reported

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,625,552
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of California, Santa Cruz provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


90.4%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


52.8%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


74.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


77.2%

Programs & Majors (UCSC)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (56)


  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Science
  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family and Community Services
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • Information Science/Studies
  • International Economics
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Mathematics, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Biological/life sciences, Social sciences, Psychology

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts

Master's Programs of Study (38)


  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Finance and Banking
  • Geosciences
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Statistics
  • Telecommunications
  • Toxicology
  • Writing

Campus Life (UCSC)

Location & Geography

Population


62,041

Nearest Metropolitan Area


San Francisco, San Jose

Campus Size


2,000 acres

Weather


Temperature
45.8 average low in January, 68.7 average high in September
Rain
68 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Santa Cruz
Nearest Train Station
30 mile(s) from campus in San Jose

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing

Students of College Housing


98% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


48%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Banana Slug
School Colors
Blue and yellow

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of California, Santa Cruz offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, bayanihan (formerly filipino student association), black student union, city on a hill press, college panhellenic & inter-greek council, movimiento estudiantil chicano de aztlan

Sororities


8% of women participate

Fraternities


6% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


17,082

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
17,577
Women
8,796
Men
8,781

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 23.6% Asian
  • 2.0% Black/African-American
  • 30.3% Hispanic/Latino
  • 8.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 33.5% White
  • 1.8% Unknown

International Students


6.2% from 55 countries

Average Age


23

Number of Graduate Students


1,880

Student Resources (UCSC)

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