University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Women's WCLA Contact: Tailar Johnson
9 / 10
17,792 Undergrads / 19,700 Students
5 / 10
$17,889 Net Price
8 / 10
51% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    WCLA Div. 2

  • College Type

    4-year, Public

  • Campus Type

    City: Small

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
19 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
52% / 75%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

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Where Grads Live
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Greater San Diego Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Sacramento California Area
  • Orange County California Area
  • Greater Seattle Area
  • Portland Oregon Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Salinas California Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Greater Denver Area
  • United Kingdom
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Santa Barbara California Area
Where Grads Work
  • Cisco
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Genentech
  • Oracle
  • Stanford University
  • UCSF
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • UC Berkeley
  • Wells Fargo
  • Microsoft
  • Intel Corporation
  • UC Davis
  • Adobe
What Grads Do
  • Education
  • Research
  • Media and Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Engineering
  • Operations
  • Information Technology
  • Sales
  • Arts and Design
  • Community and Social Services
  • Program and Project Management
  • Administrative
  • Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Healthcare Services
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Overall Experience
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Test Scores
Critical Reading
520 - 630
600 - 710
1110 - 1340
24 - 32
24 - 29
26 - 32

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported. Historical writing ranges: 490 - 620 for SAT

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SAT Reading

This distribution represents incoming freshman test scores and GPA on 4.0 scale.

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Applicants 55,796 25,056 30,740
% Admitted 51% 51% 51%
% Admits That Enroll 13% 15% 11%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.76
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (17%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (15%)
    Social Sciences (13%)
    Computer Science (12%)
    Psychology (8%)
    Psychology, General (8%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (8%)
    Business/Managerial Economics (7%)
    Business (7%)
    Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology (5%)
    Natural Resources & Conservation (5%)
    Engineering (4%)
    Environmental Studies (4%)
    Foreign Languages (4%)
    Physical Sciences (4%)
    Sociology (4%)
    Political Science and Government, General (3%)
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    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for students paying in-state tuition rate (public institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$13,991 $40,221
    Books & Supplies$1,085 $1,085
    Cost of Living$16,951 $16,951
    Personal Expenses$5,270 $5,270
    Sticker Price$37,297 $62,090

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    70% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship63%$16,955
    Federal Grants28%$4,746
    Pell Grants28%$4,717
    Other Federal0%$2,174
    State & Local Grants40%$10,808
    Institutional Grants57%$8,668
    Student Loans37%$6,294
    Federal Loans35%$4,744
    Other Loans18%$3,801

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $104 Million $5,273

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $19,700.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $17,200 $209

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 3.4%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 6,559 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $46,900

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 5.01 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 52% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 11 11
    Fondling 12 11
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault 3 2
    Burglary 33 25
    Motor Vehicle Theft 5 1
    Arson 2 2

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
    Undergrad InstructionArts & sciences focus, high graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Comprehensive programs, no medical/veterinary school
    Enrollment ProfileVery high undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, large, highly residential

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