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 Applicant Information

Important Admissions Deadlines

Application Deadline November 30
SAT / ACT Scores Due December 31
SAT II Scores Due December 31
Reply to Acceptance by May 1

Admission Rate

  • Men
  • Women
  Men Women Total
Applied 12,456 15,774 28,230
Accepted 8,080 10,916 18,996
Acceptance Rate 65% 69% 67%
Enrolled 1,610 1,997 3,607

UCSC Test Scores

Note: All test score ranges and GPA are approximations based on available data. Falling within a school’s displayed range for test scores and/or GPA does not guarantee admission to that school.

Average GPA
3.60 (weighted)

SAT Scores

(95% of Students Admitted to University of California, Santa Cruz Submit SAT Scores)

  • Verbal 500 to 620
  • Math 520 to 640
  • Writing 500 to 620
  • Verbal
  • Math
  • Writing
Category Verbal Math Writing
Top 75th Percentile 620 640 620
Bottom 25th Percentile 500 520 500

ACT Scores

(43% of Students Admitted to University of California, Santa Cruz Submit ACT Scores)

  • Verbal 21 to 27
  • Math 22 to 27
  • Composite 21 to 27
  • Verbal
  • Math
  • Composite
  Verbal Math Composite
Top 75th Percentile 27 27 27
Bottom 25th Percentile 21 22 21

University of California, Santa Cruz Application Requirements

  Required Recommended Considered
Application Fee ($70)   Very Important
High School Diploma or Equivalent   Very Important
High School GPA   Very Important
High School Rank   Important
High School Transcript   Very Important
Recommendations     Not Considered
Essay     Very Important
Extracurricular Activities     Important
Volunteer Work     Considered
Standardized Test Score(s)   Very Important
Interview     Not Considered
Competencies     Not Considered
TOEFL   Very Important

High School Prerequisites

Subject Years Required Years Recommended
Electives 1 1
English 4 4
Foreign Language 2 3
History 1 1
Math 3 4
Science 2 3
Social Studies 1 1
Lab 2 3
Other 1 1
Electives 1 1

University of California, Santa Cruz Transfer Students

Undergraduate Enrollment 16,977 (93%)
Undergraduate Transfer-in Enrollment 1,195 (6%)

University of California, Santa Cruz Admissons Requirements for Transfers

  Required Recommended Considered
Application Fee ($70)   Very Important
Credits (minimum 90)   Very Important
GPA (minimum 2.40)   Very Important
High School Transcript   Important
College Transcript   Very Important
Essay/Personal Statement   Very Important
Interview     Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores   Important
Statement of Good Standing
from Prior Institution(s)
  Very Important

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