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IPEDS ID: 110714
OPE ID: 00132100
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University of California-Santa Cruz
1156 High St, Santa Cruz, California 95064-1011
General information:  (831) 459-0111
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  17,203 (15,695 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  The UCSC vision is to promote academic excellence within a diverse community of scholars and learners. UCSC will lead in the development of new disciplines, advances in established disciplines and in new lines of collaboration between disciplines by its receptivity to creativity and innovation based in rigorous scholarly activity. We will celebrate the diversity of our students, faculty and staff and value their differing perspectives and contributions.
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty776350
Research and public service223103
Total graduate assistants-1,249
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,405$1,400$1,406$1,4201.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$14,171$14,727$14,861$14,408-3.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,435$10,142$10,241$10,3511.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$30,796$33,015$33,295$33,153-0.4%
Off Campus$27,915$29,210$29,463$29,8911.5%
Off Campus with Family$22,413$24,089$24,285$24,6611.5%
On Campus$53,675$55,893$56,173$56,031-0.3%
Off Campus$50,794$52,088$52,341$52,7690.8%
Off Campus with Family$45,292$46,967$47,163$47,5390.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$11,220
In-state fees$2,040
Out-of-state tuition$26,322
Out-of-state fees$2,040
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid13,05680%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,75672%$53,931,574$19,569
Federal grants1,95551%$9,102,745$4,656
Pell grants1,95251%$8,949,514$4,585
Other federal grants531%$153,231$2,891
State/local government grant or scholarships1,93551%$22,221,479$11,484
Institutional grants or scholarships2,72871%$22,607,350$8,287
Student loan aid2,36462%$13,493,857$5,708
Federal student loans2,35462%$12,801,778$5,438
Other student loans431%$692,079$16,095
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid110,59766%$183,318,873$17,299
Pell grants7,12445%$31,239,539$4,385
Federal student loans8,92656%$52,890,570$5,925
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$14,238$15,443$13,748
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$9,431$10,720$9,989
$30,001 – $48,000$10,454$12,205$11,280
$48,001 – $75,000$15,020$16,135$14,868
$75,001 – $110,000$23,049$23,766$22,432
$110,001 and more$29,053$31,217$30,957
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment17,203
Undergraduate enrollment15,695
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,001
Graduate enrollment1,508
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 98%
Part-time: 2%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 20%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 30%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 37%
Two or more races: 7%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 96%
25 and over: 4%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 98%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $70
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants33,13714,65918,478
Percent admitted60%55%64%
Percent admitted who enrolled19%21%18%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading470610
SAT Math490620
SAT Writing470610
ACT Composite2026
ACT English1926
ACT Math2027
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 89%
Part-time students: 60%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 77 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 73%
Transfer-out rate: 8%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 50%
6-year: 73%
8-year: 76%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 72%
Female: 74%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 83%
Asian: 76%
Black or African American: 66%
Hispanic/Latino: 68%
White: 73%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 73%
Non-resident alien: 62%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Plant Sciences, General16---
Category total16---
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization43---
German Studies3---
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies73---
Italian Studies4---
Women's Studies53---
Category total176---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General119---
Biomedical Sciences, General84---
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology21218-
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other-105-
Environmental Toxicology-40-
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography90---
Molecular Biochemistry32---
Category total6602116-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Managerial Economics289---
Category total289---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other---10
Category total---10
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other12---
Computer and Information Sciences, General1---
Computer Science143913-
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other32---
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design0---
Category total188913-
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other-874-
Physics Teacher Education1---
Category total1874-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering28---
Computer Engineering, General35164-
Computer Engineering, Other2---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering3839-
Systems Engineering-1--
Category total1032013-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other000-
Category total000-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General13---
Comparative Literature18697-
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other44---
Category total290179-
History, General15639-
Category total15639-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General69---
Category total69---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-92-
Mathematics, General6659-
Category total661411-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science34---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other2005-
Category total5405-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science38---
Environmental Studies22885-
Category total26685-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies2---
Category total6125-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General43419-
Geology/Earth Science, General5656-
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical-25-
Physics, General361610-
Category total1523547-
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics0---
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology0---
Psychology, General47158-
Category total47158-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy33---
Category total33---
Social Sciences
Applied Economics-1--
Economics, General96---
International Economics1562-
Political Science and Government, General12104-
Category total6021414-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation48---
Art/Art Studies, General116---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General4012-0
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other1507--
Fine/Studio Arts, General-11--
Music Performance, General31---
Music Theory and Composition--0-
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-61-
Category total3853610
Grand total4,03827116010
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
Swimming and Diving3838
Track and Field, Outdoor18
Track and Field, X-Country1217
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities 1/31/1965 -  Accredited
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession425
Drug law violations245
Liquor law violations226
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession020
Drug law violations001
Liquor law violations010
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible5410
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault353
Motor vehicle theft423
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible129
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault230
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate4.2%3.7%
Number in default10791
Number in repayment2,5092,427
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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