University of California - Santa Cruz

University of California - Santa Cruz Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of California - Santa Cruz, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is University of California - Santa Cruz Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of California - Santa Cruz was awarded 313 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other computer engineering.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, UC Santa Cruz is ranked #318 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

UC Santa Cruz is also ranked #54 out of 203 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UC Santa Cruz?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of California - Santa Cruz is a competitive 51%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 80% of students accepted to UC Santa Cruz submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 580 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Santa Cruz  ( 580 to 660 )
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SAT Math Scores for University of California - Santa Cruz  ( 580 to 680 )
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UC Santa Cruz received ACT scores from 51% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Santa Cruz  ( 26 to 31 )
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University of California - Santa Cruz Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of California - Santa Cruz is 25 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - Santa Cruz is 76%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  76 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - Santa Cruz

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of California - Santa Cruz has a freshmen retention rate of 89%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  89 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UC Santa Cruz the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 55%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  55 out of 100
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University of California - Santa Cruz Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,517 undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz with 16,994 being full-time and 523 being part-time.

How Much Does University of California - Santa Cruz Cost?

The overall average net price of UC Santa Cruz is $18,186. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UC Santa Cruz

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,872 $11,793 $15,253 $22,739 $32,720

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UC Santa Cruz, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UC Santa Cruz, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $5,887 a year. That adds up to $23,548 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Santa Cruz is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UC Santa Cruz Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz make about $46,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UC Santa Cruz students since it is 18% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of University of California - Santa Cruz

University of California - Santa Cruz is a public institution situated in Santa Cruz, California. The location of UC Santa Cruz is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for UC Santa Cruz are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011
Phone: 831-459-0111
Website: www.ucsc.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ucsantacruz
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ucsc

University of California - Santa Cruz Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from University of California - Santa Cruz. Of these students, 5,460 received undergraduate degrees and 479 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 667 $62,100
General Psychology 514 $25,800
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 341 $30,900
Business/Managerial Economics 308 $49,700
Sociology 251 $25,900
Natural Resources Conservation 246 $27,800
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 233 $23,600
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 211 $20,000
General Biology 207 $27,600
Economics 165 $37,700

Learn more about the majors offered at University of California - Santa Cruz along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UC Santa Cruz

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 748 students took at least one online class at University of California - Santa Cruz. This is a decrease from the 853 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 748 3
2017-2018 853 0
2016-2017 1,323 0
2015-2016 803 0
2013-2014 848 0

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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