University of California - Santa Cruz

3,421 reviews
  1. Santa Cruz, CA
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
University of California - Santa Cruz is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Division III Independents
Address
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Website

University of California - Santa Cruz Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
56%
SAT Range
990-1270
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$14,759/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,862/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,021/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,297/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,215/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,853/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.237 responses
32%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.232 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.231 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,825Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 161 responses
Report
  • Chill
    25%
  • Friendly
    24%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • A Slug
    12%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Weird
    6%
  • Hardworker
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
50%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.296 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.339 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 155 responses
Report
  • Beautiful campus, collaborative environment
    24%
  • Nice, fun, and easy going!
    24%
  • Friendly
    14%
  • Unique
    11%
  • People are Crazy, Professors are just OK
    6%
  • City on a Hill
    6%
  • Liberal
    5%

After University of California - Santa Cruz

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
64%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.163 responses

Reviews

3,421 reviews
  • Excellent
    381
  • Very Good
    1288
  • Average
    1386
  • Poor
    245
  • Terrible
    121
Nestled between the head bending Red Wood tree's UC Santa Cruz owns outstanding beauty. She is home to curious creatures, deer, raccoons, possums but even more interesting are yes, you guessed it. Banana Slugs! This awesome yellow gastropod as seen on John Travolta's in Pulp Fiction and any of your quirksome friend's shirt is the official mascot of UCSC. Pretty cool. However, it is sad to note that due to California's current drought the Banana Slug has been in decline. However, no fear Shakespeare, UCSC students excel in the science's ex. Marine Biology, Astronomy and Environmental Studies. They are sure to help find a solution to drought and save the Banana Slug. They are one od the world's leading research universities, therefore no fear.
  • Freshman
  • 3 months ago
I am extremely satisfied with my decisions throughout my higher education experience at UC Santa Cruz. I have participated in the most intensive courses as a challenge to myself to always prepare myself at the highest level expected. As I continuously challenge myself I grow. As a global economics and Latin American and Latino studies major I have developed an analytical perspective and conscious decision making process. I've studies plenty of economic theory on world systems, free markets, and have also researched and developed analysis on how the global economy interacts in the various phases of economic-political policies, economic history, socio-political movements. Most of all, I have kindled my passion to working with various coalitions determined to achieve peace, non-oppressive systems and through the actions of solidarity I believe we can change the world for the better. I intend to continue working diligently with grassroots solidarity and the struggle for socioeconomic justice!
  • College Senior
  • Sep 6 2013
There is a great variety of courses here at UCSC, so generally lack of variety of classes is not a problem. The courses are well prepared, as well as the teachers. The teacher to student ratio is pretty good, with about 30 student in most classes. There are some large lecture classrooms will a couple hundred students but every college has that. One on one attention is very easy to get no matter the size of the class because the teachers are very helpful during their office hours, tutoring is always available and discussion sessions are very useful. They are not mandatory for all classes but I highly suggest going to them!
  • College Freshman
  • 3 months ago