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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:  17,868 (16,231 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
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
Doctoral Universities: Highest 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
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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty811353
Research and public service23978
Total graduate assistants-1,302
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,406$1,420$1,438$1,4480.7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$14,861$14,408$14,730$14,9521.5%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,241$10,351$9,792$9,8901.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$33,295$33,153$34,226$34,7641.6%
Off Campus$29,463$29,891$30,057$30,4791.4%
Off Campus with Family$24,285$24,661$25,543$25,9341.5%
On Campus$56,173$56,031$57,104$59,4724.1%
Off Campus$52,341$52,769$52,935$55,1874.3%
Off Campus with Family$47,163$47,539$48,421$50,6424.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$11,220
In-state fees$2,088
Out-of-state tuition$26,322
Out-of-state fees$2,088
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid13,27982%————
Grant or scholarship aid3,06976%$50,942,174$16,599
Federal grants1,62740%$7,791,687$4,789
Pell grants1,62740%$7,731,371$4,752
Other federal grants241%$60,316$2,513
State/local government grant or scholarships2,10052%$20,662,418$9,839
Institutional grants or scholarships2,72468%$22,488,069$8,256
Student loan aid2,08152%$12,112,064$5,820
Federal student loans2,07252%$11,179,007$5,395
Other student loans531%$933,057$17,605
  • 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 aid112,06774%$196,475,670$16,282
Pell grants7,38045%$33,809,758$4,581
Federal student loans8,55553%$51,223,645$5,988
  • 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.
  • 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 systemwide fees. Many students receive grants to help cover costs in addition to tuition and fees, and many students with parent incomes above $80,000 also qualify for financial aid. For more information about financial aid at UC, see

  • 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$13,748$14,759$17,550
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 Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$9,989$10,862$11,454
$30,001 – $48,000$11,280$12,021$12,602
$48,001 – $75,000$14,868$15,297$16,134
$75,001 – $110,000$22,432$23,215$24,124
$110,001 and more$30,957$30,853$31,788
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment17,868
Undergraduate enrollment16,231
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,137
Graduate enrollment1,637
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: 21%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 31%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 33%
Two or more races: 7%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 4%
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%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
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: 8%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 92%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 (2015-2016): $70
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants45,53220,09825,434
Percent admitted50%49%51%
Percent admitted who enrolled16%18%15%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
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 2015 (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 Reading510630
SAT Math540670
SAT Writing510630
ACT Composite2530
ACT English2431
ACT Math2429
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: 88%
Part-time students: 44%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 76 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 78%
Transfer-out rate: 10%
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:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 50%
6-year: 73%
8-year: 75%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 55%
6-year: 78%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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: 77%
Female: 79%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 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: 79%
Asian: 82%
Black or African American: 64%
Hispanic/Latino: 75%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 67%
White: 78%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 84%
Non-resident alien: 69%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
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, General12---
Category total12---
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization7---
German Studies0---
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies62---
Italian Studies1---
Women's Studies40---
Category total110---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General132---
Biomedical Sciences, General73---
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology25416-
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other-413-
Environmental Toxicology-13-
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography78---
Molecular Biochemistry48---
Category total6901030-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Managerial Economics259---
Category total259---
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, Other1---
Computer and Information Sciences, General0---
Computer Science217266-
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other55---
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation-8--
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design0---
Category total273346-
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other-643-
Physics Teacher Education0---
Category total0643-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering50---
Computer Engineering, General42115-
Computer Engineering, Other10---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering31910-
Systems Engineering-12--
Category total1333215-
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, General4---
Comparative Literature16678-
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other52---
Spanish Language and Literature6---
Category total27698-
History, General16016-
Category total16016-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General81---
Category total81---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-56-
Mathematics, General5454-
Category total541010-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science75---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1816-
Category total9316-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science18---
Environmental Studies19995-
Category total21795-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies3---
Category total6011-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General431013-
Geology/Earth Science, General4957-
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical-12-
Physics, General32128-
Category total1363234-
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics0---
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology1---
Psychology, General43633-
Category total43733-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy15---
Category total15---
Social Sciences
Applied Economics-18--
Economics, General98---
International Economics261511-
Political Science and Government, General9902-
Category total5574319-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation38---
Art/Art Studies, General126---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2816-0
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other1217--
Fine/Studio Arts, General-13--
Music Performance, General20---
Music Theory and Composition--3-
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-32-
Category total3333950
Grand total3,89628815110
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, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 35
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 5
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: $10,744
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $10,848
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
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
Swimming and Diving3838
Track and Field, Outdoor32
Track and Field, X-Country1220
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission1/31/1965 -  Accredited
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs4/3/1992 -  Accredited
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession544
Drug law violations556
Liquor law violations631
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession012
Drug law violations123
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible1012
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault332
Motor vehicle theft346
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible93
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault011
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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201320122011
Default rate3.1%3.4%5.7%
Number in default111109156
Number in repayment3,5413,1252,713
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)