The University of California at Santa Cruz, founded in 1965, is a public, comprehensive university. The campus was established with a unique purpose: to combine the university's strengths in scholarship and research with an academic program devoted to undergraduate education. The school offers a small college setting paired with the considerable resources of a major public university. Every undergraduate is a member of the eight residential colleges. In the colleges, the students, faculty and staff are members of a small intellectual and social community where learning is an integral part of living. Each college has a complement of faculty members and 1,000 to 1,400 students drawn from all disciplines. About half of the students live on campus. While students participate in campus-wide academic programs, each college of the university provides new students with academic advising and an introductory core course. Its 2,000-acre campus is located on a former ranch, overlooking Monterey Bay, the Pacific Ocean and downtown Santa Cruz.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
17,517
Undergraduates
9,162
Men - 52.3%
8,356
Women - 47.7%
1,977
Graduates
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
52% of 55,866 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.57
SAT Math
653 average
600-710 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
659 average
590-680 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29 average
24-30 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $37,186
Out-of-state: $66,178
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,054
Out-of-state: $43,046
Room and Board
$16,916
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Freshman Award
$25,044
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$21,375
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Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
626
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San Francisco, San Jose Population
62,041
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Francisco, San Jose
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
51% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Banana Slug
Sororities
8% of women participate
Fraternities
7% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
24.1%
Black/African-American
1.9%
Hispanic/Latino
28.9%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
9%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
34.1%
Unknown
1.8%
International Students
9.0% from 55 countries
First-Year Students Returning
88.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
52.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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