Athletics

Q: What kinds of athletics and intramural programs are there?

A: UC Santa Cruz offers NCAA Division III athletic teams in men's/women's basketball, cross-country, soccer, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball; and women's golf. 

UCSC offers both competitive and non-competitive sports clubs.

Competitive clubs include badminton, cross-country, cycling, disc golf, equestrian, fencing, men's and women's lacrosse, racquetball, rowing, men's and women's rugby, sailing, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, surfing, tennis, track and field, triathlon, men's and women's Ultimate Frisbee, and men's and women's water polo.

Non-competitive sports clubs at UCSC include aikido, backpacking, ballroom dance, breakdance, Camp Kesem (camp for children with a parent who has cancer), cheer team, circus Slugs, coaching corps, dance team, fishing, grappling, judo, kayak, kendo, muay thai, ninjutsu, ping pong, SCUBA, Special Olympics coaching, sports medicine, taekwondo, tango, and wushu.

Intramural competition is also popular at UC Santa Cruz.


Q: Does UC Santa Cruz offer any athletics scholarships or financial aid?

A: No, as an NCAA Division III institution, we are not able to offer any athletics-based scholarships or athletics-based financial aid. However, as with all U.S. students, student-athletes are able to apply for financial aid through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office using a need-based application process. Students must apply by the appropriate deadline.


Q: What is the level of competition in UC Santa Cruz athletics?

A: NCAA Division III athletics is as competitive as any other collegiate level. The primary difference between Division I and III is talent level and number and strength of athletes. We do, however, attract a high caliber of student-athletes, which has allowed several of our programs to compete at a very high level. Tennis and Men's Volleyball all regularly compete against NCAA Division I programs. Our other teams all compete against Division II programs in addition to Division III programs.


Q: How difficult is it to make an NCAA Division III team?

A: All UC Santa Cruz Athletics teams are highly competitive. The best way for a prospective student-athlete to find out where he/she may fit in to a particular team is by contacting the coach. Videos, athletic resumes and references are also encouraged to give UC Santa Cruz coaches more tools to access talent. In all cases, prospective student-athletes should make contact with a coach to express an interest in joining a team.


Q: How are the athletics facilities at UC Santa Cruz?

A: They include a 50-meter swimming pool, which has 1- and 3-meter diving boards, 14 tennis courts in two locations, two gyms for basketball and volleyball, and playing fields for soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, and rugby all overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. UC Santa Cruz also has a state-of-the-art Fitness Center.


Q: If I wanted more information about a particular team, how would I obtain it?

A: Athletics has a web site that is a great resource for information about UC Santa Cruz Athletics. It has information such as phone numbers and e-mail addresses of coaches, schedules, rosters, weekly updates on how teams are doing, coaches' biographies, and much more. For more information, see GoSlugs.com.