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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - [UCSC], SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

Santa Cruz, CaliforniaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1965Established Year
  19457Enrollment

University of California Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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University of California is a public research university located in Santa Cruz, California, United States. Established in 1965, the university is at the edge of Santa Cruz coastal community and has a residential college system.             

Highlights

University TypePublic
Campus SettingSuburban
Annual Endowment207.1 million USD
Student Retention Rate

90%

Work-study programYes
Mode of ProgramFull time; Part time; online
Campus housing facility

98%

Annual cost of Attendance59,000 USD
Admission Helpdeskinternationaladmissions@ucsc.edu | 831-459-4117

Programs, Campus & Residence

  • The university offers 65 undergraduate and 41 graduate programs through 8 academic divisions
  • The most popular majors are - Psychology; Business/Managerial Economics; Computer and Information Sciences, General; Sociology; and Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • The university has a campus of 2000 acres with on-campus housing to accommodate 62% of the student population in its residence colleges.

University of California Santa Cruz Admission Process

RequirementsTranscripts, LOR, SOP
Test ScoresSAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT
English Proficiency TestTOEFL/IELTS
Application FeeUG programs - USD 80; graduate programs – USD 125
Intake SeasonNovember 1
Additional RequirementsResume; personal statement; proof of financial support

Applications for both UG and graduate programs are submitted on the official website.

Cost of Attendance & Financial Aids

ExpenseCost in USD
Tuition and Fees$13,962
Room and Board $16,449
Books and Supplies $1,089
Transportation $519
Personal Expenses $1,581
Campus Health Insurance $2,796
Non-Resident Tuition$28,992

Financial Aid

  • Over 61% of students are provided with financial aid yearly.
  • The average annual need-based scholarships awarded is of USD 21,030.

The university more than 125,000 people as its alumni receiving benefits like access to alumni events, store discounts, travel insurance and more.

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University of California Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population19912
FAFSA Code001321
Application Cost$70
Accreditation ACS WASC
Average Cost of Attendance$28,992 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

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April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-80- -
IELTS-6.5- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score125011601340 80%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing620580660-
Mathematics630580680-
ACTCheck Detailed Score292631 51%
English282431-
Mathematics282530-

University of California Acceptance Rate

50.9%

Acceptance Rate

52969

Total Applicants

19912

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

50.0%

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Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program50.9%
Total Applicants35187
Total Enrolled17925
Graduate
Graduate Programs50.9%
Total Applicants3901
Total Enrolled1987

University of California Enrollment

Enrollment
University of California Enrollment19912
Undergraduate Enrollment17925
Graduate Enrollment1987
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate80.9%

Attendance Cost

$28,992

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$28,992 / Year
Post Graduate Program$15,102 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,152 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$16,055 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$4,813 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$12,199 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$5,187 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$11,490 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$12,008 / Year
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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
11427678646411467
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    RANKED  #179

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    RANKED  #126 - #150

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    College rating

    based on 2 students ratings

    7.4/10

    8/10academic
    7.5/10infrastructure
    7/10placements
    7.5/10faculty
    7.5/10extracurricular
    7/10accommodation

    Reviews

    N
    Nicholas, UNITED STATES Computer engineering
    University of California
    Current student , Batch : 2020
    7
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    UC SANTA CRUZ REVIEW

    I initially wanted to be a computer science: video game design major and it is the only UC that offers it as a major. Location is also great because it is close to where I live so I get to save on housing.


    Course Curriculum - 

    It's alright. I like that they still kept the physics series in the computer engineering curriculum because last year they remove it from the computer science one and I was worried they would do the same force

    8 /10
    academic
    7 /10
    faculty
    7 /10
    infrastructure
    7 /10
    accomodation/food
    6 /10
    placement
    7 /10
    extracurricular
    22, May 2019 read more
    S
    Sabeena bal, USA Bachelor of arts [b.a] business management economics on-campus
    University of California
    Current student , Batch : 2020
    7.8
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ROCKS

    I came here because of how close it is to where I live. I also thought the campus was really beautiful and it's right by the water and I love being close to water. The academics are also really good.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I think the course curriculum at UCSC is really challenging in my major in business management economics. But I have learned so much in the classes I have taken and think that every class I have taken has been fair in terms of difficulty and coursework.

    8 /10
    academic
    8 /10
    faculty
    8 /10
    infrastructure
    7 /10
    accomodation/food
    8 /10
    placement
    8 /10
    extracurricular
    17, Apr 2019 read more
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    1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
    ADDRESS

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    Bus Station

    East Remote Lot Interior0.39 Km
    East Remote Lot Inner0.47 Km
    West Remote Lot0.55 Km
    Hagar Dr (UCSC - East Remote Parking)0.55 Km
    Hagar Dr (UCSC - East Remote Parking)0.56 Km
    Hagar Dr & Village Rd (UCSC - The Farm)0.63 Km
    Empire Grade (UCSC - Arboretum)0.63 Km
    Recital Hall0.7 Km
    Hagar Dr & Village Rd (UCSC - The Farm)282.08 Km
    East Field House318.89 Km
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    Shopping Mall

    Quarry Plaza1.1 Km
    Gateway Plaza2.71 Km
    EMPRESA 12.93 Km
    Almar Shopping Center3.21 Km
    Hair Tie Scarf Shop3.25 Km
    Galleria3.26 Km
    Santa Cruz Antique Fair3.31 Km
    Swift Street Courtyard3.34 Km
    San Lorenzo Park Plaza Shopping Center3.35 Km
    Santa Cruz, .ca3.36 Km
    Branciforte Plaza3.85 Km
    Shadowbrook Shopping Center5.9 Km
    Santa Cruz Women's Health Center, Live Oak6.58 Km
    Scotts Village Shopping Center6.97 Km
    Scotts Valley Square Shopping Center7.08 Km
    The Real Kings Village Shopping Center7.13 Km
    Flags ASAP7.32 Km
    zapperconnect7.76 Km
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    Book Store

    The Bay Tree Bookstore1.14 Km
    Literary Guillotine3.03 Km
    Atlantis Fantasyworld3.03 Km
    Comicopolis3.15 Km
    Bookshop Santa Cruz3.17 Km
    Agnus Dei Christian Book and Gift Store3.17 Km
    Renata Kirby Book Store3.47 Km
    Josselyn Vega Book Store3.47 Km
    Cook's Bookcase4.38 Km
    Mount Hermon Book Shop7.04 Km
    Awakenings7.13 Km
    Grey Bears Book Store7.15 Km
    RPI Publishing7.27 Km
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    Airport

    A2 Global Shipping2.4 Km
    Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital Heliport6.74 Km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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