University of California-Santa Cruz.

University of California-Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of California-Santa Cruz

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz or UCSC) is a public research university in Santa Cruz, California. It is one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Located 75 miles (120 km) south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2,001 acres (810 ha) of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay. Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz began with the intention to showcase progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. The residential college system consists of ten small colleges. UC Santa Cruz is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 17,577 students
  • 0.21 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of California-Santa Cruz

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

26,984 students out of 52,969 applicants were accepted into University of California-Santa Cruz. They had an average SAT score of 1287. 80% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 51% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz was $42,034, while for in-state students it was $14,020. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $46,616.

The average financial aid at University of California-Santa Cruz is $17,438. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $24,596 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of California-Santa Cruz

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

69% of undergraduate students at University of California-Santa Cruz received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of California-Santa Cruz

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Santa Cruz was of $16,055 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,152.

Diversity at University of California-Santa Cruz

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017