University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz


is a public, collegiate university and 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 as a showcase for progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. Since then, it has evolved into a modern research university with a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs, while retaining its reputation for strong undergraduate support and student political activism. The residential college system, which consists of ten small colleges, is intended to combine the student support of a small college with the resources of a major university.


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  • Phone: (831) 459-2131

  • Famous graduates: John Laird, Ron Gonzales, Susan Wojcicki

  • Type of University: Public university

  • Year founded: 1965

  • No. of undergraduate students: 15,695

  • International students: 0.40%

  • No. of postgraduate students: 1,508

  • International students: 15.00%

  • Students who received financial aid: 67.30%


Application Statistics

  • Number of undergraduate applications received:38,515

  • No. of undergraduate students accepted:18,703

  • Undergraduate acceptance rate:

  • 48.56%

Application timeline

Standardized Test Requirements

SATSubject Tests are considered if submitted.

% of freshman submitting SAT scores: 90%
% of freshman submitting ACT scores: 41%

SAT Percentiles

Sat scores

Cost of attendance

Tuition and fees$36,582
Room and board$14,730
Books and supplies$1,449

Application Fee

Availability of Exchange program:Yes


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