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University of California Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 19th 2019By -  Sugandhi Sood

 With an acceptance rate of 51%, University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) is competitive to get admission in. In the academic year 2018-19, the university accepted only 27014 applicants out of a pool of 56634.

  • New freshmen and transfer students are accepted in each fall quarter.
  • The applicants can apply through the university portal.
  • The university is moderately competitive to get admission through ACT scores as the average score accepted by UCSC is 27.
  • The university accepts an average GPA of 3.5 and a composite SAT of 1263.


Application PortalMyUCSC portal
Application FeeResident: 70 USD
International: 80 USD
GPA Range3.5
Acceptance Rate51%
Undergraduate TuitionResident: 13962 USD
International: 28992 USD
Application PortalOnline Portal
Application FeeDomestic: 105 USD
International: 125 USD
Payment Modecredit card or e-check (the e-check option is only available if you have a U.S. bank account).
TuitionResident: 13799 USD
International: 15102 USD

University of California - Santa Cruz Admission Deadlines

UC Application filing periodNovember 1-30, 2018
SAT and SAT Subject Tests for U.S. Test TakersNovember 3, 2018
Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Application Filing PeriodSeptember 1-30, 2018
ACT Plus Writing for U.S. and Canada Test TakersDecember 8, 2018
SAT and SAT Subject Tests for U.S. Test Takers and International Test TakersDecember 1, 2018
All transcripts are dueJuly 1, 2019
All official test scores are dueJul 15, 2019

Admission Requirements for International Students

For freshman admission:

  • Applicants must complete 15 year-long academic courses with a 3.40 GPA:
    • 2 years of history/social science of their country
    • 4 years of composition and literature in the language they are instructed
    • 3 years of math
    • 2 years of laboratory science (1 biological/1 physical)
    • 2 years of a second language
    • 1 yearlong course of visual and performing arts
    • 1 additional course from any subject areas above
  • Applicants must take either the ACT with Writing, the SAT with Writing or SAT with Essay. Scores have to be self-reported on the application and submitted to UC by the stated deadline.
  • The marks/grades for all the courses must be recorded exactly as reported by the international school; whether as numbers, letters, percentages or words.
  • Admission requirements for Indian students: Applicants must complete both year X and XII state board or CBSE examinations, with average marks above 70 and no mark below 60.

Language Requirements for International Students

International Students must demonstrate English proficiency by taking TOEFL or IELTS examination.

TestMinimum Score
Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)80
Paper-based TOEFL (pBT)550
Revised paper-delivered TOEFL60
ACT combined English/Writing or English Language Arts24
SAT Reasoning Writing Section560
Writing and  with EssayLanguage in the SAT31
AP examination in English Language and Composition, or English Literature and CompositionScore 3,4 or 5
IB Standard Level examination in EnglishScore 6 or 7
IB Higher Level examination in EnglishScore 5,6 or 7

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

The undergraduate applicants are required to complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses. These courses are:

  • 2 years of History/social science
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Mathematics
  • 2 years of Laboratory Science
  • 2 years of a language other than English
  • 1 year of Visual and performing arts
  • 1 year of college-preparatory elective

Academic requirements:

  • The applicants must have an average GPA of 3.00 or better (3.40 or better for a non-resident of California) in these courses with no grade lower than a C.
  • Other than this, the applicants should meet the examination requirement by taking the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT with Essay no later than December of the senior year.
  • ACT and/or SAT scores have to be reported on the admissions application, request the testing agency to send an official copy of the scores to the university.
  • The university focuses on the highest combined score from the state test administration for the ACT with Writing test.
  • For the SAT with Essay, the university focuses on the highest total score from a single test date.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts: A scanned copy of the unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application, or official copies may be sent to the Graduate Application Processing address.
    • Unofficial copies may either be scanned versions of the official transcript or if available a downloaded PDF from the applicant’s institution's online portal.
  • Statement of Purpose: The selection committees place particular importance on the statement of purpose. This should be a concise, well-written essay about the background of the applicants and their reasons for pursuing graduate study in their chosen field.
  • Personal History Statement is required of all applicants.
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • Resume
    • Some programs require additional materials or writing samples to be submitted with the application.
  • Three letters of recommendation: These must be submitted electronically through the online application.
  • Many graduate programs might also have special application requirements, such as writing samples, portfolios, auditions, or personal interviews.

Graduate Courses Admissions

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineApplication FeeAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
M.S. - Applied Economics and FinanceOnline PortalMarch 30Domestic: 105 USD
International: 125 USD

GRE or GMAT scores, unofficial transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation.
Minimum GPA: 3.0

pBT: 550
cBT: 220
iBT: 83
M.S.- Biomolecular Engineering & BioinformaticsOnline PortalDecember 1Domestic: 105 USD
International: 125 USD
Minimum GPA: 3.0 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal history statement, statement of purpose and Resume
pBT: 570
cBT: 230
iBT: 89
M.S.- Computer ScienceOnline PortalJanuary 10Domestic: 105 USD
International: 125 USD
Minimum GPA: 3.0 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal history statement, statement of purpose and ResumeTOEFL:
pBT: 570
cBT: 230
iBT: 89
M.S.- Electrical EngineeringOnline PortalFebruary 1Domestic: 105 USD
International: 125 USD
Minimum GPA: 3.0 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal history statement, statement of purpose and ResumeTOEFL:
pBT: 570
cBT: 230
iBT: 89
M.S.- PhysicsOnline PortalJanuary 15Domestic: 105 USD
International: 125 USD
Three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, personal history statement, resume, GRE scores, GPA and transcriptsTOEFL:
PBT: 550
iBT: 83

If the applicants are applying for admission in the fall term, they should be sure to take the admissions tests no later than December of their senior year/last year prior to high school graduation, preferably earlier, to ensure that their application receives prompt and full consideration.

An important point of consideration for international students is that if their TOEFL score is older than two years, they will need to re-take the exam.

Following are some things the applicant should be mindful of if they get selected:

  • Accept the offer of admission through the portal no later than the May 1 deadline.
  • Read the "Conditions of Admission Contract" carefully, and ensure that all the expectations are met.
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