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
17,864
Undergraduates
9,326
Men - 52.2%
8,539
Women - 47.8%
1,815
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
59% of 61,822 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.63
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $37,968
Out-of-state: $67,722
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,070
Out-of-state: $43,824
Room and Board
$17,463
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Freshman Award
$25,867
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$20,191
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Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
694
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Santa Cruz Population
62,041
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Francisco, San Jose
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
49% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Banana Slug
Sororities
5% of women participate
Fraternities
2% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
24.2%
Black/African-American
2.1%
Hispanic/Latino
29.5%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
8.6%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.2%
White
33.4%
Unknown
1.9%
International Students
5.7% from 53 countries
First-Year Students Returning
88.6%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
60.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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