Counselor FAQ

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What are the academic criteria for admission and selection?

For this information, please see our Freshman Admission and Selection page or our Transfer Admission and Selection page.

What is the conditions of admission contract?

Fall 2020 Frosh Standard Conditions of Admission Contract

Fall 2020 Transfer Standard Conditions of Admission Contract 

Where can I find tuition and fee information?

Current fee information can be found on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

How can I get a UCSC catalog?

UCSC only publishes its Catalog online.

What is UCSC's AP policy?

The University of California grants credit for all College Board Advanced Placement Tests on which a student scores 3 or higher. AP and IBH Table

What is UCSC's grading system?

Undergraduates are graded on a traditional A-F (4.0) scale. Students may elect a pass/no pass option for no more than 25% of their coursework; several majors further limit use of pass/no pass grading.

What are UCSC's retention and graduation rates, average test scores, GPA, etc.?

For this information, please see our UC Santa Cruz statistics page.

Are freshmen required to live on campus?

No, they are not, although 98% of freshmen choose to live on campus in one of our 10 residential colleges.

Are there any housing guarantees?

In most years, UC Santa Cruz offers a two-year housing guarantee for frosh single students and a one-year housing guarantee for transfer students. However, since it is not possible to know at this time whether the COVID-19 pandemic will result in changes to operations in student housing and residential life in Academic Year 2020-2021, the University of California is not offering a housing guarantee.

If admitted, how does a student accept the offer of admission?

In the student portal,, a student should click on the link "Now that I'm Admitted, What's Next?" From there, a student will be directed to the multi–step online process for accepting the offer of admission. To view the steps in the acceptance process, go to:

» MyUCSC Portal Guide

What are my resources for more information?

Counselors are encouraged to contact the Admissions Representative for their area or community college.

We also invite you to sign up for our email updates.

Transfer-Specific Questions

How can transfer students take advantage of guaranteed admission through the UCSC TAG program?

For this information, please see our UCSC TAG page.

What is UCSC's policy on IGETC?

For this information, please see the Transferring to UC Santa Cruz page in our FAQ section.

What support services does UCSC have for prospective and incoming transfer students?

Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS)

Veterans Education Team Support (VETS)

Admissions Transfer Information Sessions