UC Santa Cruz Facts

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Total enrollment for fall 2016: 18,783

(16,962 undergraduates: 48.3 percent men, 50.9 percent women, 0.8 percent unknown/other; 1,821 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 2017

High School GPA (for freshmen) Junior College GPA (for transfers)
Mean GPA 3.89 Mean GPA 3.14
4.0 or higher GPA 44.2%
3.5 to 3.99 GPA 46.0%
below 3.5 GPA 9.8%
ACT  SAT (March 2016 or later) SAT (prior to March 2016)
27 or higher 68.9% 1400 or higher 17.6% 1800 or higher 68.6%
22-26 25.5% 1100-1399 74.2% 1500-1799 26.3%
21 or lower 5.6% 1099 or lower 8.2% 1499 or lower 5.1%
ACT Comprehensive 28.4 SAT Total 1278.2 SAT Total 1910.3
ACT–Reading 28.6 Reading/Writing 630.4 Critical Reading 619.5
ACT–Mathematics 28.5 Mathematics 653.5 Mathematics 667.0
ACT–English with Writing 27.9 Essay 16.55 Writing 635.7

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

2017 admission rate for frosh 51.4%
2017 admission rate for transfers 59.7%

Ethnic Composition of Undergraduates, Fall 2016

 

Undergraduates

%

New Freshmen

%

New Transfers

%

African American

694

4.1%

168

4.0%

52

4.6%

American Indian

148

0.9%

43

1.0%

20

1.7%

Asian

4,616

27.2%

1,280

30.3%

183

16.2%

Chicano/Latino

4,940

29.1%

1,054

25.0%

341

30.2%

Pacific Islander

69

0.4%

10

0.2%

4

0.4%

European American

5,433

32.0%

1,321

31.3%

482

42.7%

International

763

4.5%

267

6.3%

28

2.5%

Not stated

299

1.8%

81

1.9%

20

1.7%

TOTAL

16,962

100.0%

4,224

100.0%

1,130

100%

Retention and Graduation Rates, 2016-17

  • 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.