UC Santa Cruz Facts

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Total enrollment for fall 2015: 17,868

(16,231 undergraduates: 47.0 percent men, 52.5 percent women, 0.5 percent unknown; 1,637 graduate students).

  • 66 undergraduate majors in arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences; 38 minors; and 52 concentrations.
  • Ten residential colleges.
  • NCAA Division III teams: men's and women's basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball; women’s golf and track.
  • Over 150 student organizations and clubs.

Admission Statistics, Fall 2016

High School GPA (for freshmen) Junior College GPA (for transfers)
Mean GPA 3.85 Mean GPA 3.38
4.0 or higher GPA 37.9%
3.5 to 3.99 GPA 50.3%
below 3.5 GPA 11.8%
ACT Scores SAT Scores
27 or higher 61.9% 1800 or higher 53.9%
22-26 29.5% 1500-1799 37.6%
21 or lower 8.6% 1499 or lower 8.5%
ACT Comprehensive 27.6 SAT Total 1820.4
ACT–Reading 28.2 SAT–Critical Reading 597.9
ACT–Mathematics 27.7 SAT–Math 634.3
ACT–English with Writing 25.9 SAT–Writing 607.9

(All figures represent the mean. Freshman GPA includes extra points for qualifying honors level coursework. For further information, please see Freshman Admission.) 

2016 admission rate for frosh 58.7%
2016 admission rate for transfers 57.2%

Ethnic Composition of Undergraduates, Fall 2015

 

Undergraduates

%

New Freshmen

%

African American

639

3.9%

117

3.2%

American Indian

145

0.9%

31

0.9%

Asian

4,229

26.1%

1,080

29.8%

Chicano/Latino

4,941

30.4%

950

26.2%

Pacific Islander

76

0.5%

23

0.6%

European American

5,358

33.0%

1,100

30.4%

International

582

3.6%

262

7.3%

Not stated

261

1.6%

58

1.6%

TOTAL

16,231

100.0%

3,621

100.0%

Retention and Graduation Rates, 2015-16

  • 88% of first-year students returned to enter their sophomore year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 53% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in four years.
  • 78% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in six years.
  • 92% of transfer students returned to enter their next year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 82% of transfer students graduated in three years or less.
  • 84% of transfer students graduated in four years or less.