UC Santa Cruz Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

UCSC Lick Observatory
UCSC Lick Observatory. the_tahoe_guy / Flickr

UC Santa Cruz Admissions Overview:

UC Santa Cruz, with an acceptance rate of 58% in 2016, is a selective school. Students will generally need a strong application and good test scores to be admitted. Along with an application (which can be submitted online), students will need to send in ACT or SAT scores and official high school transcripts. Each applicant must also write four short personal insight essays.

Since Santa Cruz is a part of the University of California system, students can easily apply to multiple schools in that system with one application. For more information, feel free to contact the admissions office at Santa Cruz.

Will You Get In?

Calculate Your Chances of Getting In with this free tool from Cappex

Admissions Data (2016):

UC Santa Cruz Description:

UC Santa Cruz sits on an enviable piece of real estate 75 miles south of San Francisco that overlooks Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Among the University of California schools, only Berkeley has a higher percentage of students going on to earn doctorate degrees. The university has a 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and for its strengths in the liberal arts and science, UC Santa Cruz was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Since its founding in 1965, the university has been known for its progressive curriculum and politically active students.

On the athletic front, the Santa Cruz Banana Slugs compete in the NCAA Division III as an independent. Popular sports include swimming, soccer, track and field, and basketball.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 17,868 (16,231 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,539 (in-state); $40,221 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,470
  • Room and Board: $15,217
  • Other Expenses: $5,182
  • Total Cost: $35,408 (in-state); $60,090 (out-of-state)

UC Santa Cruz Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 77%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 70%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,812
    • Loans: $5,840

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 5%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 52%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 77%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Golf, Volleyball, Track and Field

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

More Information on the University of California System:

Admissions Profiles for Other UC Campuses:

Berkeley | Davis | Irvine | Los Angeles | Merced | Riverside | San Diego | Santa Barbara | Santa Cruz

If You Like UC Santa Cruz, You May Also Like These Schools: