Students Say

The University of California—Santa Cruz offers one of the nation’s best combinations of “focus on scholastic endeavors in a beautiful forest setting” and is, by all accounts “a great place to live and study!” Students attribute their enthusiasm to “intelligent, eloquent, and easily accessible professors,” academics that are “impressive and challenging,” and fellow students who are “happy, open-minded, and a little bit crazy.” This school is best suited to those who can motivate themselves in a “chill” environment and the sort of student whose motto might be, “There’s no point in learning if you’re too stressed to enjoy it.”

Overview

Applicants
33,142
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.62

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
36%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 610
SAT Math
490 - 630
ACT Composite
20 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

The University of California—Santa Cruz offers one of the nation’s best combinations of “focus on scholastic endeavors in a beautiful forest setting” and is, by all accounts “a great place to live and study!” Students attribute their enthusiasm to “intelligent, eloquent, and easily accessible professors,” academics that are “impressive and challenging,” and fellow students who are “happy, open-minded, and a little bit crazy.” This school is best suited to those who can motivate themselves in a “chill” environment and the sort of student whose motto might be, “There’s no point in learning if you’re too stressed to enjoy it.” The sciences are “world-class” at UCSC, and the school also boasts “one of the finest engineering programs in the UCs” as well as “a great marine biology program.” While the “professors all do research,” what sets them apart from those at the typical research-driven university is that “they are very passionate about their subject even when teaching undergrads,” and they “also tend to be quite approachable despite having large class sizes and allow students to attend their office hours for extra help.” The school also offers undergrads “a lot of opportunities in terms of internships, research opportunities, job opportunities, and networking.” “There’s a focus on undergraduate study” here, one student contentedly reports.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19.2:1
Total Faculty
778
with Terminal Degree

457
Men
321
Women
174
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Steven Hawley
Deputy director of Hubble flight crew operations

Laurie Garrett
Pulitzer-prize-winning science writer

Joseph DeRisi
One of the world's foremost researches in infectious diseases

Camryn Manheim
Award-winning film an television actress

Kent Nagano
Grammy Award-winning conductor

Dana Priest
Washington Post reporter; two-time Pulitzer winner

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
Astronaut, first American woman to walk in space

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
71
Application Deadlines
Mar 2
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bottom Line

Nearly 16,000 students are enrolled at the university, with almost everyone originally from California, and the student population is split evenly between residents and commuters. Room and board is $14,856 per year. Required fees are $1,224; books and supplies will come to an additional $1,407. Out-of-state tuition is approximately $35,070.

Bang For Your Buck

Along with quality instruction, internships and public service are common elements of the educational experience at UC Santa Cruz, which seeks to extend the classroom into the real world. Alternative Spring Break, for example, is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a service project such as building homes in Mexico and assisting with the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. A unique health science major requires an internship in the health field in a Spanish-speaking community, where students can volunteer in a hospital, spend time shadowing a physician, or assist in providing health services to underserved populations. Student Organization Advising and Resources (SOAR) sponsors internships which help students gain skills in leadership, networking, program planning, and outreach. To support students financially, UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan covers UC tuition for students who qualify. In addition, a range of grants and scholarships can help cover student costs, including a scholarship sponsored by the UCSC Alumni Association, honoring high-achieving students who have compelling financial need.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,009

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,448

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,454

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,024

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$14,581

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$12,192
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$35,070
Required Fees
$1,224
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,407

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,683

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“The ‘stereotypical’ Santa Cruz student is a hippie,” and the school certainly has its fair share of those. ”The typical student is very hardworking until about 9:00 p.m., when hikes to the forest are common practice and returning to your room smelling like reefer is acceptable,” one undergrad explains—but “there are many different types who attend UCSC.” “It seems that almost every student here has a personal passion, whether it be an activism or cause of some sort, etc.,” one student writes. “Everyone is so…alive.” “Most are liberal,” and there’s a definite propensity for earnestness; it’s the sort of place where students declare without irony that they “not only possess a great respect for one another but the world and life in general. The world to an average UCSC student is a sacred and beautiful place to be shared and enjoyed by all its inhabitants.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
15,978
Out of State
3%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented
89

Demographics

20.77%
Asian
1.94%
African-American
27.68%
Hispanic
39.70%
Caucasian
3.47%
Unknown

53% female
47% male
3% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Undergrads rave about the “take-your-breath-away beauty” of the heavily wooded UCSC campus; one says it’s like “taking paths through the forest that resemble Endor only to find a lecture hall at the end.” Another adds, “Almost every time my friends and I walk around outside, someone comments on how lucky we are to be surrounded by such beauty. Whether the silvery ocean, the fog in the trees, the wind in the fields of green, the wildlife such as deer, raccoons, squirrels, newts, etc., it all comes together like a painting.” The school’s setting means “there is much to do recreationally, such as hiking, biking, swimming, trail running, tree climbing, or rock-climbing. You can walk in any direction and find some hiking trail that leads to some other part of the forest.” Students note that, “It is also nice to get off campus from time to time and enjoy the city of Santa Cruz. Downtown is lively and usually has something fun going on such as local farmer ’s markets and cultural festivals.” Ambitious students “may head to San Jose or San Francisco on the weekend for a more rowdy bar or club scene.” Both cities are “readily accessible via public transportation.” The party scene on and off campus consists of “mostly decentralized, smaller parties, due to the near-absence of fraternities and sororities.” It also includes “a lot of drug use” that is limited to “specific locations” and “easy to avoid” for abstaining students.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
67
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
76

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Sharyn Martin

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
151
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
11

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports ()
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.queer.ucsc.edu

Minority Support Groups: www2.ucsc.edu/aasl www2.ucsc.edu/airc www2.ucsc.edu/aapirc www2.ucsc.edu/raza

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Santa Clara University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UC Berkeley
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: San Jose State University

Sustainability

Along with the other universities in the California system, the University of California— Santa Cruz is dedicated to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, greening its design and construction projects on campus, and integrating sustainability at every institutional level. Within the university, the Sustainability Office created the first map detailing how the campus is used as a sustainability “living lab” and led a campus wide Chancellor’s Sustainability Campaign to Reduce Waste. Already, the campus boasts a 62 percent waste-diversion rate and gets five percent of its energy from renewable sources. Facilities services are also becoming more environmentally responsible using 84 percent Green Seal-certified cleaning products. These impressive numbers are leading the campus towards its goal of zero-waste by 2020. The Sustainability Office and the student-run Campus Sustainability Council offers internships, green events, and the opportunity to serve on sustainability working groups. Both organizations also provide grants to students, staff and faculty in support of sustainability initiatives. Among the many student organizations on campus are the Student Environmental Center, Friends of the Community Agroecology Network, the Campus Sustainability Council, California Public Interest Research Group, the PowerSave Campus Program, California Student Sustainability Coalition, Education for Sustainable Living Program, Gaia Magazine, and the Program in Community and Agroecology. UCSC has been awarded several honors in recognition of its sustainability efforts, including making the top 20 of the Sierra Club’s list of the Coolest (read: greenest) Schools.

Green Rating
97
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
21%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
12

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
http://slugstore.ucsc.edu

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Bea Atkinson-Myers
Asst. Dir. of Admissions Outreach

Address
Office of Admissions, Cook House
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Phone
8314594118

Email
visits@ucsc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Arboretum
Farm and Garden
East Field House
Bay Tree Bookstore/Grad Student Commons
Pogonip Open Area Reserve

Most Popular Places Off Campus
UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab
Boardwalk
Mystery Spot
Henry Cowell and Big Basin State Parks
Natural Bridges and Lighthouse Beach

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm
8314594118

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
http://www.goslugs.com/info/RecruitForm.pdf

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
San Jose International Airport is 35 miles from campus. Rental cars, buses, and limousines are available for the ride to Santa Cruz. Commercial bus service is available to Santa Cruz, and bus transportation within the county is convenient. Amtrak is also a good idea, take to San Jose and transfer to a bus to Santa Cruz.The Metro Transit Center downtown serves Santa Cruz County; Rte. #1 loops through the campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From U.S. Rte. 101 S. (from San Francisco), exit to I-880 S. Take I-880 to Rte. 17 S., then take Rte. 17 to Rte. 1 N. (toward Half Moon Bay). From Rte. 1, turn right on Bay St. in Santa Cruz and proceed to campus. From Rte. 101 N., exit to I-880 S., then to Rte. 17 S. Follow the preceding directions from that point.

Local Accommodations
http://www.santacruzca.org/lodg-dine/lodging.php
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Key Stats

33,142
Applicants
15,978
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

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