University Of California Santa Cruz

University Of California Santa Cruz

University of California - Santa Cruz, also known as UC Santa Cruz or UCSC, is a public institution located in Santa Cruz, California. It offers admission to over 13,000 students annually. Students granted admission can opt for programs in conservation and resource management, photography and commercial art, art studies, liberal arts and science.

The sports teams of UC Santa Cruz are nicknamed the Banana Slugs. Sammy the Slug is the official mascot of the sports teams. Sports programs are offered in men's and women's volleyball, basketball, soccer, swimming and diving, water polo, women's golf, and women's cross country. There are also some successful club-side teams such as a men's lacrosse team and a women's rugby team.

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Contacting UC Santa Cruz

University of California-Santa Cruz
1156 High St
Santa Cruz , CA 95064
General Phone: (831) 459-0111

UC Santa Cruz Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,324American studies, German studies, Italian studies, women's studies, area and Cultural studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, Classical languages, English language and literature, ...
Science671biology, molecular biochemistry, call and molecular biology, environmental toxicology, bioinformatics, ecology, marine biology, ecology and population biology, biological and biomedical sciences, ...
Therapy and Counseling380psychology, psychobiology
Business and Management328managerial economics
Conservation and Resource Management175environmental studies, environmental science
Photography and Commercial Art132film and photography
Art Studies129art studies
Computer Science and Engineering119computer and info science, information science, web design, computer support, computer engineering
Education and Teaching97education
Family and Social Work94community organization
Mathematics70mathematics, applied mathematics
Law69legal studies
Religion and Philosophy67philosophy
Fine Arts61fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts57drama
Engineering31electrical engineering
Media9media studies
Landscaping and Horticulture6plant sciences

Number of programs and degrees for UC Santa Cruz in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,45049
Master's degree27828
Doctor's degree13124
Postbaccalaureate certificate182

UC Santa Cruz Student Body

In 2007-2008, UC Santa Cruz had a total enrollment of 15,825 students (16,121 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 51%
Black 3%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 19%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 41%
20-21 33%
22-24 13%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


UC Santa Cruz Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 89 %
Part-Time 62 %

UC Santa Cruz Room and Board (2007)

UC Santa Cruz offers campus housing for 7,638 of its 16,121 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Santa Cruz, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

UC Santa Cruz Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500620
SAT Math520630
SAT Writing500620
ACT Verbal2027
ACT Math2127
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT33%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UC Santa Cruz Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,200
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,778
Room and board $ 13,038
Books and supplies $ 1,356
Other expenses $ 3,354

Financial Aid:
UC Santa Cruz participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 132100)

UC Santa Cruz Faculty

UC Santa Cruz has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7151
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4027

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year8$136,3141*
Assistant professorcalendar year3$86,7330*
No academic rankcalendar year4$42,36111$26,148
All faculty totalcalendar year15$101,34312$33,952

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year185$119,64982$107,013
Associate professoracademic year62$80,18250$74,473
Assistant professoracademic year70$70,24653$66,448
Lectureracademic year32$67,27027$62,307
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year349$97,926213$83,383

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UC Santa Cruz Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division III Independents
Track Division III Independents

UC Santa Cruz Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Managerial Economics

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Plant Sciences, General

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
German Studies
History, General
International Economics
Italian Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other


Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Environmental Toxicology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Molecular Biochemistry
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General

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