University of California - Santa Cruz

3,422 reviews
  1. Santa Cruz, CA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  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 ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

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
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.160 responses
33%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.154 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.153 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 91 responses
Report
  • Chill
    31%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • A Slug
    11%
  • Weird
    8%
  • Unique
    5%
  • Hardworker
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
51%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.233 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.270 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 70 responses
Report
  • Nice, fun, and easy going!
    39%
  • Friendly
    24%
  • Unique
    13%
  • People are Crazy, Professors are just OK
    10%
  • Best campus, professor are ok
    4%
  • City on a Hill
    4%
  • Privileged
    3%

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%
54%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.79 responses

Reviews

3,422 reviews
  • Excellent
    376
  • Very Good
    1282
  • Average
    1386
  • Poor
    245
  • Terrible
    121
So far, this school has been great to me. I have met many people from different backgrounds which is something I enjoy doing. The classes are what I expected them to be, challenging but not impossible. The campus itself is beautiful and I enjoy everything about it. I know coming here is the best decision I have ever made.
  • College Freshman
  • 5 days ago
Overall UCSC is an okay school. The professors for electrical engineering are great and effective at teaching the material students need to learn. The school on the other hand has accepted more students than they have room for. This will cause the class sizes to become larger and it will also shorten the length of each course.
  • College Senior
  • 14 days ago
I love the atmosphere and the students here! The campus is beautiful and it is nice to see nature while studying. Only at down would be the professors. Some of them are rather condescending and not easy to approach for help or questions. I would choose this school again because of the people and the student life but I would want for a strong group of professors.
  • College Senior
  • 17 days ago