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University of California-Santa Cruz

University of California-Santa Cruz Rating: 3.8/5 (30 votes)

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Introduction

Located in sunny and beautiful Santa Cruz, CA, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) is a research-intensive, NCAA Division III school that offers bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as graduate certificates. There is financial aid available to assist with the cost of attendance and there are numerous sports and recreational activities available to students at several different athletic levels. Because the area offers so many recreational activities, students who love the outdoors will never be bored.

UCSC offers many unique programs and opportunities for research so that students have the opportunity to learn hands-on. Some of these include the the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, the Lick Observatory, the Keek Observatory and the Long Marine Laboratory. Although UCSC’s University Library is the largest research library between Santa Barbara and Stanford, it is the smallest general library in the University of California school system.

There is student housing available on campus should students choose to live at the university. A unique program that students participate in requires that they be a part of one of several different “colleges” that organize student activities, recreation and other social events. Students are placed in these “colleges” according to request or assignment; majors of study have no bearing on placement so that students interact socially with many other students that they wouldn’t normally encounter in classroom settings.

Academics

Undergraduate Programs

The University of California Santa Cruz offers over 60 undergraduate programs in more than 30 fields in the areas of Art, Physical and Biological Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering. Many students pursue interdisciplinary educations and benefit from the researchers and highly trained faculty members in several different areas. The school offers traditional majors such as biology, physics, math and several branches of engineering but also offers relatively unusual programs such as marine biology, cognitive therapy, informatics and astrophysics.

Because the school is a highly-respected research institution, students often have the advantage of working with hands-on, real-time projects that enable them to make contributions to their fields even while studying and learning. There are also several programs available to assist students who plan to pursue graduate educations after graduation.

Graduate Programs

UCSC offers over 30 graduate fields with nearly 50 areas of concentration and encourages graduate students to pursue the link between their chosen areas of study and other related fields by taking an interdisciplinary approach to their educations. Students may earn both master’s and doctoral degrees in areas of study that include Art, Humanities, Physical and Biological Sciences and Social Sciences. Students have the opportunity to earn degrees in such areas as visual art, earth and planetary sciences, history, linguistics and environmental studies. Some rather unusual programs include astronomy and astrophysics, ocean sciences, social documentation and history of consciousness.

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Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Because the University of California Santa Cruz is a research-intensive institution, admissions requirements are high. The admissions committee uses a 14 point selection process that considers such things as ACT or SAT scores, GPA, honors courses, other undergraduate courses, academic accomplishments and academic improvement. Prior to being considered for acceptance to UCSC, all students must meet the admissions criteria of the University of California. This does not guarantee admission to UCSC, though.

Students may gain admission to UCSC in one of four ways but regardless of acceptance method, all students are required to take rigorous courses including history, english, laboratory science, math, foreign language, visual arts and college-preparatory electives. Students must also meet high GPA requirements although residents of California don’t need to quite as high a GPA as non-residents of the state.

The first of the three ways to gain admission is via qualifying in the statewide context. Students accepted via this method must meet minimum testing, curriculum and GPA requirements. The second way that students may gain admission is by qualifying in the local context. Students that are in the top four percent of their California school graduating class may utilize this method. All students that qualify for this will receive a letter of notification in their senior year. Students may also qualify by test scores alone. This requires extremely high ACT or SAT scores only. Finally, to a very small percentage of students, UCSC grants admissions by exception. This entry method is applied to students who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements. UCSC considers other academic accomplishments, special circumstances, socioeconomic background, community contributions and a handful of other extenuating circumstances that signify that a student may succeed even though the grades or scores may not be quite up to par.

Graduate Admissions

Students may apply to only one UCSC graduate school per academic year and will need to submit the online application and fee, official transcripts to all undergraduate or graduate institutions attended, three letters of recommendation and any other supplemental materials that may be required by the individual graduate school to which the student is applying. In order to meet all deadlines and application requirements, prospective students should contact the graduate school of interest because there may be separate requirements.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available at the undergraduate level in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs. Financial aid is available for graduate students in the form of loans. More than half of the students that attend UCSC receive some type of financial aid.

To start their financial aid application process, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online beginning in January.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4558th for the average student loan amount.
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Athletics

The University of California Santa Cruz offers several different athletic opportunities to students. There are intercollegiate, club and intramural sports, as well as physical fitness and recreational programs for people who would just like to stay fit and have fun. The goal of UCSC is to introduce as many students as possible to a lifetime of fitness and health.

The UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs participate at the intercollegiate level in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, cross country, tennis, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. Women also have the option of playing golf. The school is the only NCAA Division III school in the system and as such places a high value on the fact that athletics are an integral part of the student athlete’s educational experience. In addition to promoting academics within the athletics experience, UCSC also encourages gender equality and cultural diversity.

Students have the opportunity to participate in more than 20 club sports including water polo, rugby, lacrosse, equestrian, cycling and ping pong. Intramurals include basketball, dodgeball, flag football, soccer, volleyball and softball among several others and run in fall, winter and spring quarters. For students who wish to participate in the outdoor recreational activities that Santa Cruz has to offer, there is equipment rental available so that students may have access to tents, backpacks, surf boards, wet suits and numerous other items that would be too costly for many people to buy.

Bibliography

  • University of California Santa Cruz. University of California Santa Cruz. 2011. Web. 13. July 2011.
  • UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs: The Official Athletics Website. University of California Santa Cruz Athletics. 2011. Web. 14 July 2011.
  • SOAR Student Organization Advising & Resources and UC Santa Cruz. Student Organizing Advising & Resources at the University of California. 2011. Web. 14 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 30th in California and 372nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 343rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 7 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 4 0.02
Burglary 23 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 9 0.05

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 343 0.57
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 23 0.04
Robbery 113 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 568 0.94
Larceny 2,603 4.29
Vehicle theft 185 0.31

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population4,559 (4,341 urban / 218 rural)
Households560 (2.53 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,054
Families342 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District620

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 145th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $34,098
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,177 $2,177 $2,177
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $26,322
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,040 $2,040 $2,040
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $33,153 $33,153 $56,031
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,891 $29,891 $52,769
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $24,661 $24,661 $47,539

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,416(N/C) $13,416(N/C) $36,294(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400 $1,406
On-Campus – Room & Board $14,727 $14,861
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,472 $3,612
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,142 $10,241
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,252 $4,400
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $9,273 $9,463

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$80
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 33,137 (14,659 male / 18,478 female)
Admitted 19,851 (8,055 male / 11,796 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 3,827 (1,655 male / 2,172 female)
FT Enrollment 3,817 (1,651 male / 2,166 female)
PT Enrollment 10 (4 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment17,203

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Division III Independents
NCAA Track & Field Conference Division III Independents

ACT Test Admission

566th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 43%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26

SAT Test Admission

370th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 610
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 960 / 1230

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity8,412
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 22 85 834 817 35 2,049 371 4,319
American/United States Studies/Civilization 3 12 5 1 13 7 43
Anthropology 4 45 15 1 98 15 187
Applied Economics 1 1
Applied Mathematics, General 2 3 4 9
Archeology 1 1 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 13 7 3 19 4 48
Art/Art Studies, General 1 6 22 18 2 53 11 116
Astronomy 1 1 6 8
Astrophysics 1 2 1 1 10 1 17
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 4 11 10 2 28
Bioinformatics 1 1 5 1 8
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 18 37 50 11 119
Biomedical Sciences, General 2 18 23 1 26 12 84
Business/Managerial Economics 1 2 42 119 1 100 22 289
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 4 31 74 83 16 213
Chemistry, General 1 8 11 1 16 10 47
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 10 2 13
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science 4 4 1 20 5 34
Communication and Media Studies, Other 1 2 5 2 10
Community Organization and Advocacy 12 5 1 13 2 33
Comparative Literature 4 44 22 3 97 19 195
Computer Engineering, General 5 3 18 18 5 51
Computer Engineering, Other 1 2
Computer Science 3 3 14 27 1 90 11 152
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 2 8 1 1 12
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 1 6 16 9 32
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 12 5 21 6 52
Ecology 5 12 3 49 7 77
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 9 1 10
Economics, General 2 2 13 23 45 10 96
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other 1 16 6 56 87
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 2 4 12 19 2 41
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Environmental Science 2 6 4 2 21 2 38
Environmental Studies 3 25 42 1 133 26 236
Environmental Toxicology 1 1 1 1 4
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 4 26 19 86 16 157
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 8 11
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 7 8 1 40 4 61
German Studies 3 3
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 1 63 1 6 2 73
History, General 1 1 39 18 1 79 17 159
International Economics 2 1 6 5 7 21
Italian Studies 4 4
Jewish/Judaic Studies 1 1 2
Legal Studies, General 1 16 10 2 35 4 69
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 1 9 8 20 5 44
Linguistics 2 5 5 38 5 55
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 1 14 10 56 6 90
Mathematics, General 9 12 38 12 71
Molecular Biochemistry 4 12 16 32
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 2 13 1 20
Music Performance, General 5 6 17 3 31
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1 1 4 6
Neuroscience 7 9 1 19 6 44
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 1 2
Philosophy 12 4 34 10 61
Physics Teacher Education 1 1
Physics, General 1 7 9 31 3 52
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Plant Sciences, General 2 3 11 16
Political Science and Government, General 1 28 13 1 64 13 121
Psychology, General 14 107 93 3 209 35 476
Sociology 9 55 29 1 77 9 188
Systems Engineering 1 1
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Women's Studies 1 15 9 1 22 4 53

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 111th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $110,500 ($117,619 male / $91,287 female)
Number of FT Faculty 553 (334 male / 219 female)
Number of PT Faculty 800
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $27,189,000

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