UC Santa Cruz Facts

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Total enrollment for fall 2017: 19,457

(17,577 undergraduates: 49.3 percent men, 50.0 percent women, 0.7 percent unknown/other; 1,880 graduate students).

  • 66 undergraduate majors in arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences; 37 minors; and 48 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 2018

High School GPA (for freshmen) Junior College GPA (for transfers)
Mean GPA 3.93 Mean GPA 3.30
4.0 or higher GPA 51.1%
3.5 to 3.99 GPA 40.4%
below 3.5 GPA 8.5%
ACT  SAT 
27 or higher 71.0% 1400 or higher 32.6%
22-26 22.4% 1100-1399 61.3%
21 or lower 6.6% 1099 or lower 6.1%
ACT Comprehensive 28.8 SAT Total 1324.4
ACT–Reading 29.3 Reading/Writing 647.5
ACT–Mathematics 28.5 Mathematics 683.5
ACT–English with Writing 29 Essay 17

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

2018 admission rate for frosh 47.7%
2018 admission rate for transfers 67.6%

Ethnic Composition of Undergraduates, Fall 2017

 

Undergraduates

%

New Freshmen

%

New Transfers

%

African American

730

4.2%

177

4.4%

57

4.6%

American Indian

147

0.8%

28

0.7%

13

1.1%

Asian

4,867

27.7%

1,127

27.7%

230

18.7%

Chicano/Latino

4,856

27.6%

1,032

25.5%

369

29.9%

Pacific Islander

73

0.4%

12

0.3%

6

0.5%

European American

5,523

31.4%

1,202

29.7%

484

39.3%

International

1,087

6.2%

415

10.3%

52

4.2%

Not stated

294

1.7%

55

1.4%

21

1.7%

TOTAL

17,577

100.0%

4,048

100.0%

1,232

100%

 

Retention and Graduation Rates, 2017-18

  • 90% of first-year students returned to enter their sophomore year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 49% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in four years.
  • 77% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in six years.
  • 93% of transfer students returned to enter their next year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 80% of transfer students graduated in three years or less.
  • 87% of transfer students graduated in four years or less.

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