University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Santa Cruz, CA

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
General Plant Sciences

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
Fine/Studio Arts
Jewish/ Judaic Studies
Music Performance
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Other English Language and Literature/Letters
Other Film/Video and Photographic Arts
Other Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services


Major Bachelors Masters
Business/Managerial Economics

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Communication and Media Studies
Web Page, Digital Multimedia, Information Resources, and Graphic Design


Major Bachelors Masters
Other Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
Physics Teacher Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Systems Engineering

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Legal Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Molecular Biochemistry
Other Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Applied Economics
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
German Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican- American/Chicano Studies
International Economics
Italian Studies
Physiological Psychology / Psychobiology
Political Science and Government
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Community Organization and Advocacy


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Other Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Other Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management

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UCSC Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 8 Reviews

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

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Academics Rating

Overall, very flexible scheduled lectures with knowledgeable professors and small discussion sections that are more small group or one-one-one oriented. This school is known for its sciences and engineering departments as well as its arts department. It has one of the most top Astrophysics and Mechanical Engineering departments in California.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

Academics Rating

The sciences are definitely what UCSC specializes in, and it is a research facility as well, but other majors definitely have classes that are very solid with great professors. One thing that was a disadvantage, and this is most likely the case at all schools, is that some of the professors who are tenured and/or are about to retire really do not put much effort in. The classes are also pretty large, about 100-200 people on average. The workload, if kept up with, is completely manageable.

UCSC Academic Details

Academic Calendar Quarter
Retention Rate 91%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in June, July, September, January, and April.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Internships

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Domestic Exchange Schools

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine

Class Sizes at University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 48%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 9%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 29%
  • 100+ Students: 14%
Fewer than 20 Students 48%
50 - 100 Students 9%
20 - 49 Students 29%
100+ Students 14%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 68
  • Unknown and Other: 12
  • Asian: 11
  • Latino: 7
  • African American: 1
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1
Caucasian 68
Unknown and Other 12
Asian 11
Latino 7
African American 1
American Indian or Alaska native 1

Faculty at University of California, Santa Cruz

Total Faculty 1,168
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 18
Full-Time Professors 2,872
Male Faculty 669
Part-Time Professors 769
Women Faculty 499

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