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University of California: Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

At A Glance

Main Address

1156 High St

Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077

http://www.ucsc.edu

Admission Office

Cook House, 1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

(831) 459-4008

Fax : (831) 459-4452

admissions@ucsc.edu

Contact : Blia Yang

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Type of School

Large

Public

university

4-year school

Coed

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Board Member

College Board Code: 4860

Quick Facts

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 75.0%

Total undergraduates : 17,517

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 3,713

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 82.0%

Average financial aid package : $25,044.00

In-State Tuition : $14,660.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $45,854.00

School Calendar

Quarter

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Setting

Small City (50-250k)

Suburban

Residential campus

Deadlines

Admission

Regular application due: No Regular Application Deadline

Priority application due : --

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : --

Housing deposit due : May 1

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : --

SAT subject score report due : --

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : --

Financial Aid Priority Application due : --

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : --

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Quarter

Student-faculty ratio : 25 to 1

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 75.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 89.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Biology : 16.0%
Social Sciences : 14.0%
Computer and Information Sciences : 12.0%
Psychology : 12.0%
Visual and Performing Arts : 8.0%
Business/Marketing : 7.0%
Engineering : 6.0%
Environmental Science : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Plant Sciences, General B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Ethnic Studies B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies B D
Italian Studies B
Women's Studies B D

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Bioinformatics B D M
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B D M
Biomedical Sciences, General B
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology B D M
Ecology B
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology B D M
Environmental Toxicology D M
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography B M
Molecular Biochemistry B
Neuroscience B

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Business/Managerial Economics B

Communication, Journalism & Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia M
Technical and Scientific Communication M

Communications Technologies & Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects B

Computer & Information Sciences, Support Services
Computer Science B D M
Computer and Information Sciences, General B
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation M
Network and System Administration/Administrator B

Education
Educational Evaluation and Research D M

Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering B
Computer Engineering, General B D M
Electrical and Electronics Engineering B D M
Systems Engineering D

English Language, Literature & Letters
English Language and Literature, General B D M

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Applied Linguistics B
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General B
Comparative Literature B D M
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General B
Linguistics B D M
Spanish Language and Literature B

History
History, General B D M

Legal Professions & Studies
Legal Studies B

Mathematics & Statistics
Applied Mathematics D M
Computational and Applied Mathematics M
Mathematical Statistics and Probability D M
Mathematics, General B D M

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences B
Cognitive Science, General B
Natural Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B D
Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy, General M

Philosophy & Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B D M

Physical Sciences
Astronomy D
Astrophysics B
Chemistry, General B D M
Geology/Earth Science, General B D M
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical D
Physical Sciences, General B
Physics, General B D M

Psychology
Psychology, General B D

Public Administration & Social Services
Community Organization and Advocacy B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B D
Archeology B
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics B D M
Economics, General B
International Economics B
Political Science and Government, General B D
Sociology B D

Visual & Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation B
Art/Art Studies, General B
Documentary Production M
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General B M
Music Performance, General B D M
Music Theory and Composition D
Musicology and Ethnomusicology D M

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Cooperative Education

Double Major

Independent Study

Internships

Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Student-Designed Major

Teacher Certification

Honors Program

Off-Campus Study Options

Washington Semester

Study Abroad

Extended Class Availability

Distance Learning

Computer Services

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Computer repair service available on campus

Wireless network available

Student web hosting available

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Large

Unique Facilities : Observatories, Arboretum, Agroecology farm, Campus preserve, Nonlinear Science Center, Music Center, Institutes of Marine Sciences, Ocean Health Center, Tectonics, Particle Physics Institute, Center for Adaptive Optics, Silicon Valley Center Affiliated Research Center, Biomedical Research Program

Geographic Location : 75 miles from San Francisco, 30 miles from San Jose.

Small City

Suburban

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 17,517

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 3,713

Degree-seeking undergrads : 17,517

Graduate enrollment : 1,977

Student General Information

All students average age : 21

Full time students average age : 21

In state students : 96.0%

Out of state students : 4.0%

Part Time students : 3.0%

Percentage of males : 52.0%

Percentage of females : 48.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 8.0%

Black African American : 2.0%

Asian : 22.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 26.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 2.0%

White : 31.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 9.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

Other Activities & Organizations : Student Organization Advising and Resources (SOAR) helps students create their own organizations.

7.0% Men who Join Fraternities

8.0% Women who Join Sororities

Student Newspaper : City On A Hill Press

Student Newspaper URL : http://cityonahillpress.com

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 97.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 50.0%

Housing Options

Apartments For Married Students

Apartments For Single Students

Men's Housing

Wellness Housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)

Women's Housing

Special Housing For International Students

Theme Housing

Coed Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit : $150.00

Housing deposit due : May 1

Housing deposit is partially refunded if student does not enroll.

Car is not allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Banana Slugs

Sport Member : NCAA

Sport's Levels Available

Club

Intramural

Intercollegiate

NCAA Division III

Counseling And Wellness

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Career counseling

Economically disadvantaged students services

Employment services for undergraduates

Financial aid counseling

Health services

Minority students services

On-campus daycare

Personal counseling

Adult (re-entering) student services/programs

Veteran's counselor

Women's services

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Partial services for students with learning disabilities

Services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Wheelchair Accessibility

Academic Support Programs

Learning center

Reduced course load

Remedial instruction

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

N

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

Y

Fraternities

Y

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

Y

Marching Band

N

Model United Nations

Y

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

Y

Opera

Y

Pep Band

N

Radio Station

Y

Sororities

Y

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

Y

Television Station

Y

Yearbook

N

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Badminton

Men's Club

Women's Club

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Cheerleading

Men's Club

Women's Club

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Diving

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Equestrian

Men's Club

Women's Club

Fencing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Golf

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's NCAA Division III

Ice Hockey

Men's Club

Women's Club

Judo

Men's Club

Women's Club

Lacrosse

Men's Club

Women's Club

Racquetball

Men's Club

Women's Club

Rugby

Men's Club

Women's Club

Sailing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Softball

Women's Intramural

Swimming

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Table tennis

Men's Club

Women's Club

Tennis

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Club

Women's Club

Track: Outdoor

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Triathlon

Men's Club

Women's Club

Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Volleyball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Water Polo

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Other Sports : cycling, disc golf, surfing, ballroom dance


Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: Not reported

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 53,809

Admitted : 27,615

Enrolled : 3,695

Somewhat selective 51.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : --

Admitted early admission : --

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --

Offered place on waitlist : 12,859

Number accepting place : 7,576

Accepted from list : 4,676



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Application Essay

Rigor of secondary school record

Standardized Test Scores

State Residency

Important

Character/Personal Qualities

Extracurricular Activities

First generation college student

Geographical Residence

Talent/Ability

Considered

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Required: SAT or ACT

Test Policies for placement

SAT Reasoning Test

ACT

AP

Institution's own exam

SAT score use policy

Single Highest Test Date

Other Test Policies

Information not supplied by college

A note from the college

Test scores, GPA in required subjects most important. Personal statement very important.

High school class rank of incoming freshmen

Top Tenth : 96.0%

Top Quarter : 100.0%

Top Half : 100.0%

GPAs of incoming freshmen

3.5 - 3.74 : 40.0%

3.25 - 3.49 : 24.0%

3.00 - 3.24 : 8.0%

2.50 - 2.99 : 1.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 18.0%

600 - 699 : 55.0%

500 - 599 : 26.0%

400 - 499 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 33.0%

600 - 699 : 43.0%

500 - 599 : 23.0%

400 - 499 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 31.0%

24 - 29 : 47.0%

18 - 23 : 22.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : Yes

From the college: The University grants credit for most College Board Advanced Placement tests on which a student scores 3 or higher.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

Visual/Performing Arts

1

0

History

1

0

English

4

0

Social Studies

1

0

Academic Electives

0

0

Math

3

4

Foreign Language

2

3

Science

2

3

Science Lab

2

3

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 86.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 33.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

600 - 710

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

590 - 680

ACT Composite

24 - 30


AP & Admission Policy

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By quarterly credits)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

2-D Art and Design

3

8

--

All

3-D Art and Design

3

8

--

All

Art History

3

8

--

All

Biology

3

8

--

All

5

8

Biology 20A Biology 20B

All

Calculus AB

3

4

Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 Mathematics 3.

All

4

4

Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 Mathematics 3 Mathematics 11A Mathematics 19A

All

Calculus BC

3

8

Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 Mathematics 3 Mathematics 11A Mathematics 19A

All

4

8

Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 Mathematics 3 Mathematics 11A, 11B Mathematics 19A, 19B

All

Calculus BC: AB Subscore

3

4

Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 Mathematics 3.

All

4

4

Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 Mathematics 3 Mathematics 11A Mathematics 19A

All

Chemistry

3

8

--

All

5

8

Chemistry 1A

All

Chinese Language and Culture

3

8

--

All

Comparative Government and Politics

3

4

--

All

Computer Science A

3

8

CSE 10

All

4

8

CSE 20

All

Computer Science Principles

3

8

CSE 10

All

Drawing

3

8

--

All

4

8

Art 15

All

English Language and Composition

3

8

--

All

4

8

--

All

English Literature and Composition

3

8

--

All

4

8

--

All

Environmental Science

3

4

--

All

European History

3

8

--

All

French Language and Culture

3

8

--

All

German Language and Culture

3

8

--

All

Human Geography

3

4

--

All

Italian Language and Culture

3

8

--

All

Japanese Language and Culture

3

8

--

All

Latin

3

4

--

All

Macroeconomics

3

4

--

All

4

4

Economics 2

All

Microeconomics

3

4

--

All

4

4

Economics 1

All

Music Theory

3

8

--

All

Physics 1

3

8

--

All

Physics 2

3

8

--

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3

4

--

All

4

4

Physics 6C

All

5

4

Physics 5C

All

Physics C: Mechanics

3

4

--

All

4

4

Physics 6A

All

5

4

Physics 5A

All

Psychology

3

4

--

All

4

4

Psychology 1

All

Spanish Language and Culture

3

8

--

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

3

8

--

All

Statistics

3

4

--

All

4

4

Statistics 5 Psychology 2 Sociology 3B

All

United States Government and Politics

3

4

--

All

United States History

3

8

--

All

World History: Modern

3

8

--

All

Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 80.0%

% of loans / jobs : 20.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 96.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 69.0%

% Judged to have need : 82.0%

% that were offered aid : 79.0%

% that had need fully met : 24.0%

% of need met : 82.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $25,044.00

Avg non need-based aid : $7,414.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $20,355.00

Avg need-based loan : $6,722.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $21,375.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Patrick Register

Financial aid office phone : (831) 459-2963

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

State aid form

Other: California Student Aid Commission GPA verification form for California residents.

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Scholarship Opportunities

Regents Scholarships; $4,000-$6,000 per year for 4 years; for outstanding academic achievement.

Need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Alumni Affiliation

Art

Leadership

Music/Drama

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Alumni Affiliation

Art

Leadership

Music/Drama

Work Study Programs

Nights

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

Deferred payment

Installment payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$14,660.00

$14,660.00

$14,660.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$45,854.00

$45,854.00

$45,854.00

Room and board:

$16,641.00

$14,453.00

$6,835.00

Books and supplies:

$1,162.00

$1,162.00

$1,162.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$4,577.00

$4,656.00

$4,960.00

Transportation expenses:

$777.00

$1,224.00

$1,954.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$37,817.00

$36,155.00

$29,571.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$69,011.00

$67,349.00

$60,765.00

Important cost information from the school: Campus Health Insurance: $2,922. All undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) unless they choose to submit an online insurance waiver confirming they have comparable health insurance coverage.

The prices listed above are probably not what you and your family will pay. Most college students receive financial aid, which reduces the amount the family actually pays. For U.S. colleges, use the college's net price calculator to get the best estimate of what your family will pay.


For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: 90

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 2.4

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 105

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: 135

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 75

Admission Requirements (Required)

College Transcript(s)

Essay or Personal Statement

Statement of good standing from Prior Institution(s)

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 11,791

Transfers admitted percentage: 60.0%

Transfers admitted: 7,186

Transfers enrolled percentage: 12.0%

Transfers enrolled: 1,469

Students who applied for transfer from 2 year schools: 97.0%

Students who applied for transfer from 4 year schools: 3.0%

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Winter

Transfers accepted as

Junior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Pre-admission transcript evaluation (determination of what courses will transfer)

Re-entry advisor

Services for students transferring OUT of this school

Transfer advisor

Special Requirements

Complete at least 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of UC-transferable coursework. Complete the following UC-transferable course pattern with minimum C (2.00) grades. Each course must be at least 3 semester units/4 quarter units: Two English composition courses, One course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning Four courses from at least two of the following subject areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioral science, and physical and biological sciences. Earn at least an overall UC GPA of 2.40, but higher GPAs are more competitive. Complete required lower-division courses with the required grades/GPA for the intended major.

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: --

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $45,854.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $16,641.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $14,453.00

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: --

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

Total Amount Awarded: $4,506,633.00

Number of enrolled international undergraduates received aid: 863

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 80

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser