Out-of-State Students

UC Santa Cruz is located on a 2,000-acre campus nestled in the redwoods above the Pacific Ocean overlooking the Monterey Bay. We welcome students from throughout the U.S.

Our twin achievements in undergraduate instruction and research are uncommon in American higher education. Also unique is that we are organized into colleges providing smaller living and learning communities within the larger university.

UC Santa Cruz faculty have made significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California its ranking as the foremost public research institution in the world, demonstrating that cutting-edge research and high-quality teaching are mutually supportive.

With a student population of 19,700 (17,792 undergraduate and 1,908 graduate students), UCSC is often referred to as the City on a Hill, overlooking the vibrant, eclectic city of Santa Cruz (population 55,000). It is a campus priority to provide a safe and secure environment, and we have our own police and fire personnel on campus for quick response and close coordination with other local agencies.

MAP of California showing UCSC location

Because of our mild ocean-side weather, we enjoy a mix of sunshine, fog, and rain throughout the year, with mild winters. Our campus and city bus system can get you to any destination in the Santa Cruz area, with easy access to parks, beaches, and views of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There are buses to Amtrak trains and the San Jose International Airport for your trips home. You can also use Zimride for a convenient trip to the airport.

UC Santa Cruz is also located near San Jose, the 11th largest city in the U.S. and the heart of Silicon Valley, the worldwide hub of technological innovation. Many students find valuable internships and jobs in companies in Silicon Valley, or in the nearby Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

What is different for you as an out-of-state student?

UCSC welcomes students from across the U.S. and all parts of the world to enhance our vibrant campus community. Nonresident applicants must meet the same admission requirements as California-resident students but with a higher GPA. Detailed information is provided on our Freshman and Transfer Student guides. Information for all nine general campuses of the University of California can be viewed on the UC Office of the President website.

Students who are not California residents are assessed nonresident tuition in addition to educational and registration fees. Residency for fee purposes is determined after admission based on documentation provided in a Statement of Legal Residency.

Undergraduate Dean's Scholarships and Awards - This award recognizes the academic achievement of non-resident students. Entering non-resident students will be considered for the Undergraduate Dean's Scholarships and Awards ranging from $6,000 to $40,000 depending upon class level and several other factors from your admissions application. The award is intended to offset non-resident tuition and will be discontinued if the student becomes a California resident. More information

UC campuses have articulation agreements with all of the community colleges in California that detail transferability of courses and application to major preparation and general education requirements. Although UC does not have written agreements with colleges and universities outside of California, there is valuable information on ASSIST and on the UC Office of the President website.

Please follow the links below for more information:

Why Choose UCSC?

Admissions for Frosh

Admissions for Transfers

International Admissions

The Santa Cruz Area

Campus Safety

Traveling to and from Home

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