University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Santa Cruz, CA

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University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz Student Essentials

University of California, Santa Cruz Student Essentials
Region: Southwest
Setting: Large Town Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Banana Slug
Nickname: UC Santa Cruz
Website: www.ucsc.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $13,416
Out-of-State Tuition: $36,294
Retention Rate: 91%
Enrollment: 18,651
Year Established: 1965

About UCSC

A progressive university that is part of a well-established university system, UC Santa Cruz offers a unique approach to traditional academics.

Situated in the stunning and progressive coastal California town of Santa Cruz, UCSC is an environmentally friendly, green community both on and off campus.

A community that values both the individual and the world, UCSC's academics offer a unique approach. While students take a traditional major in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences and professional areas, they also enroll in one of UCSC's smaller colleges.

Each college focuses on a particular theme, such as "self and society," with the student examining his area of study from the perspective of that theme.

UCSC also offers progressive and highly individualized grading methods; assessing students with narrative evaluations rather than grades.

The community is also central to UCSC's identity, particularly in its student life. Students reside at one of the 10 colleges and participate in extracurricular and service activities together, fostering a tightly-knit community at each college.

However, while progressive, UCSC is also a well-established and respected institution. Part of the University of California system, UCSC employs award-winning, nationally recognized faculty who are authors, researchers and renowned scholars in their respective fields.

Admission to UCSC is, like everything else, highly individualized. While grades are taken into account, other factors such as creative talents, participation in service and extracurricular activities are given equal attention.

Since it is a state school, tuition for in-state residents is considerably lower. Various financial aid sources are available to those who qualify.

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UCSC Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 8 Reviews

50% of students gave University of California, Santa Cruz 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Overall Rating

My time at UC Santa Cruz was an outstanding college experience. The campus is breathtakingly beautiful with natural redwood trees. There is a wide selection of majors and on campus housing. The student body is very diverse and laid back. It seems like a unique school with a very politically liberal atmosphere.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating

Attending the University of California Santa Cruz was an incredible experience and one I would not change in hindsight. The UC has an incredible campus and its students are very active outdoors, with lots of hiking, biking and of course surfing at Steamer's Lane. I found the academics there to be okay, but if you are not in the sciences (which I was not), then it is really not a UC Santa Cruz specialty. However, what is missing in academics UC Santa Cruz definitely made up for in all other aspects, from the amazing coast to the the beautiful views. Also, you can make the academics what you want, so if you choose to, it can be a highly academic atmosphere as well. UCSC is also a very unique college so far as its outlook on what college should be about, mainly that you should work hard, but that college is really about growing and having an amazing time. I would suggest going there to anyone who loves the ocean and likes to be around a plethora of different (sometimes very out-there) people.


UCSC Map & Location

University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064


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Getting Around UCSC

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Santa Cruz, CA

Winter
Dec
62
41
Jan
63
41
Feb
64
43
Spring
Mar
66
44
Apr
70
46
May
72
49
Summer
Jun
75
52
Jul
75
54
Aug
76
54
Fall
Sep
76
53
Oct
73
50
Nov
67
45

UCSC Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 16,977
Freshman Class 3,607
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 18,651

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 23%
  • African American: 2%
  • Caucasian: 43%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Unknown and Other: 11%
Latino 23%
African American 2%
Caucasian 43%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 20%
Unknown and Other 11%

Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%
Women 56%
Men 44%
International 0%
Domestic 100%

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