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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
Website:  www.ucsc.edu/
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:  17,866 (16,277 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Admissionsadmissions.ucsc.edu/
Apply Onlinewww.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad_adm/apply/apply_online.html
Financial Aidfinancialaid.ucsc.edu
Net Price Calculatorwww2.ucsc.edu/finaidcalc/
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteransadmission.universityofcalifornia.edu/paying-for-uc/whats-available/index.html#veteran
Athletic Graduation Ratesfs.ncaa.org/Docs/newmedia/public/rates/index.html
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 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty792349
Instructional571257
Research and public service22192
Total graduate assistants-1,280
Instructional-981
Research-299
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 year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
In-state$13,416$13,416$13,397$13,3970.0%
Out-of-state$36,294$36,294$36,275$36,2750.0%
Books and supplies$1,400$1,406$1,420$1,4381.3%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$14,727$14,861$14,408$14,7302.2%
Other$3,472$3,612$3,928$4,66118.7%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,142$10,241$10,351$9,792-5.4%
Other$4,252$4,400$4,723$5,43015.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$9,273$9,463$9,844$10,7088.8%
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
In-state
On Campus$33,015$33,295$33,153$34,2263.2%
Off Campus$29,210$29,463$29,891$30,0570.6%
Off Campus with Family$24,089$24,285$24,661$25,5433.6%
Out-of-state
On Campus$55,893$56,173$56,031$57,1041.9%
Off Campus$52,088$52,341$52,769$52,9350.3%
Off Campus with Family$46,967$47,163$47,539$48,4211.9%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
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, 2013-2014
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 aid12,60879%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,32371%$43,395,611$18,681
Federal grants1,43243%$6,840,624$4,777
Pell grants1,43243%$6,746,909$4,712
Other federal grants331%$93,715$2,840
State/local government grant or scholarships1,51146%$17,130,193$11,337
Institutional grants or scholarships2,28469%$19,424,794$8,505
Student loan aid1,80955%$10,597,185$5,858
Federal student loans1,79054%$9,666,982$5,401
Other student loans552%$930,203$16,913
  • 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 aid110,70968%$185,124,023$17,287
Pell grants7,21746%$32,507,040$4,504
Federal student loans8,56755%$51,126,088$5,968
  • 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.
2011-20122012-20132013-2014
Average net price$15,443$13,748$14,759
  • Under UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, undergraduates with parent incomes up to $80,000 who meet other eligibility requirements receive grants or scholarships to cover in-state tuition and system wide fees. Many students receive grants to help cover c
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 Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$10,720$9,989$10,862
$30,001 – $48,000$12,205$11,280$12,021
$48,001 – $75,000$16,135$14,868$15,297
$75,001 – $110,000$23,766$22,432$23,215
$110,001 and more$31,217$30,957$30,853
  • 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.
  • Under UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, undergraduates with parent incomes up to $80,000 who meet other eligibility requirements receive grants or scholarships to cover in-state tuition and system wide fees. Many students receive grants to help cover c
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment17,866
Undergraduate enrollment16,277
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,060
Graduate enrollment1,589
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%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: 32%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 35%
Two or more races: 7%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 96%
25 and over: 4%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 91%
Out-of-state: 5%
Foreign countries: 4%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 96%
Part-time: 4%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 5%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 95%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 (2014-2015): $70
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants40,72718,19222,535
Percent admitted56%54%57%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%19%17%
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 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT3,56388%
ACT1,83045%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  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 Reading480620
SAT Math510650
SAT Writing490620
ACT Composite2329
ACT English2230
ACT Math2329
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: 14%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
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, 79 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 77%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
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:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 52%
6-year: 74%
8-year: 75%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 55%
6-year: 77%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
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: 76%
Female: 78%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 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: 71%
Asian: 80%
Black or African American: 73%
Hispanic/Latino: 71%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 77%
White: 79%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 79%
Non-resident alien: 53%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Plant Sciences, General17---
Category total17---
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization17---
German Studies2---
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies52---
Italian Studies3---
Women's Studies41---
Category total115---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Bioinformatics385-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General106---
Biomedical Sciences, General88---
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology225011-
Ecology53---
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other-1113-
Environmental Toxicology-14-
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography81---
Molecular Biochemistry63---
Neuroscience47---
Category total6662033-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Managerial Economics286---
Category total286---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other---9
Category total---9
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other5---
Computer and Information Sciences, General0---
Computer Science1392111-
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other27---
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design0---
Category total1712111-
Education
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other-637-
Physics Teacher Education0---
Category total0637-
Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering32---
Computer Engineering, General3835-
Computer Engineering, Other1---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering3153-
Systems Engineering-4--
Category total102128-
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, General10---
Comparative Literature165710-
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other37---
Linguistics5326-
Category total265916-
History
History, General14177-
Category total14177-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General73---
Category total73---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-45-
Mathematics, General51115-
Category total511510-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science53---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1316-
Category total6616-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science28---
Environmental Studies19836-
Category total22636-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies1---
Philosophy5531-
Category total5631-
Physical Sciences
Astronomy-55-
Astrophysics16---
Chemistry, General52410-
Geology/Earth Science, General5978-
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical-57-
Physics, General31118-
Category total1583238-
Psychology
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics0---
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology0---
Psychology, General46668-
Category total46668-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy18---
Category total18---
Social Sciences
Anthropology170911-
Applied Economics-0--
Archeology0---
Economics, General77---
International Economics262111-
Political Science and Government, General10412-
Sociology18032-
Category total5573426-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation36---
Art/Art Studies, General133---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General368-0
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other1056--
Fine/Studio Arts, General-10--
Music Performance, General22---
Music Theory and Composition--2-
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-20-
Category total3322620
Grand total3,7662521799
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 60
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 2
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $8,833
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 100%
Part-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
Basketball1617
Golf8
Soccer2625
Swimming and Diving4037
Tennis810
Track and Field, Outdoor12
Track and Field, X-Country913
Volleyball1618
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission1/31/1965 -  Accredited
Internship/Residency
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs4/9/1992 -  Accredited
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession254
Drug law violations455
Liquor law violations263
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession201
Drug law violations012
Liquor law violations100
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible41012
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery011
Aggravated assault533
Burglary232225
Motor vehicle theft234
Arson449
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible293
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault301
Burglary161417
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson241
  • (!) 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate3.4%5.7%4.2%
Number in default109156107
Number in repayment3,1252,7132,509
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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