Thank You for All You Do

We would like to express our appreciation for all you do to help our future students. Please contact us any time if you need more information, or if there is something you’d like to see added to this page. Do you have a student who’s ready to apply? Have them start here! There is one application for all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California.

Share UC Santa Cruz with Your Students

Do you know students who would be a good fit for UCSC? Or are there students who come to you wanting to know more about our campus? Feel free to share our reasons to say “Yes” to UC Santa Cruz! You can also request to have a UCSC representative come and visit your school or event.

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A variety of tour options are available, including student-led, small-group tours for prospective students and their families, self-guided tours, and virtual tours. Larger group tours are also available for schools or organizations, depending on tourguide availability. For more information on group tours, please go to our Group Tours page.

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We offer a number of events – both in-person and virtual –  in the fall for prospective students, and in the spring for admitted students. Our events are family-friendly and always free!

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UC Santa Cruz Statistics

Frequently requested statistics about enrollment, ethnicities, GPAs of admitted students, and more.

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Dates & Deadlines

Important dates and deadlines in the admissions process, for both applicants and admitted students.

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UCSC Catalog

The UCSC General Catalog, published every year in July, is the official source for information on majors, courses, graduation requirements, and policies. It is only available online.


Health & Safety

Our students’ well-being is our top priority. Find out more about what the campus is doing to support students’ physical and mental health, as well as fire safety, police, and nighttime campus safety.


Counselors - Frequently Asked Questions

A: For this information, please see our Freshmen page or our Transfer Students page.

A: Every admitted student, whether they are a freshman or a transfer student, is responsible for meeting their Conditions of Admission Contract. The Conditions of Admission Contract is always clearly articulated to admitted students in the MyUCSC portal and is available to them on our website.

 Admitted students must review and agree to their Conditions of Admission Contract as posted in the MyUCSC portal.

Conditions of Admission FAQs for Admitted Students

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

A: UCSC only publishes its Catalog online.

A: 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

A: 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, and several majors further limit use of pass/no pass grading.

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

A: UC Santa Cruz is currently offering a one-year housing guarantee for all new undergraduate students, including first-year students and transfer students.

A: 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



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UC High School Counselor Conferences

Every year in September, the University of California hosts a High School Counselor Conference open to all those who work with first-year applicants. The low-priced conference is an excellent training and networking opportunity to help you keep up with the changes in UC Admissions and to further develop your career.


Ensuring Transfer Success

In partnership with the California Community Colleges, the University of California hosts an annual fall event called Ensuring Transfer Success. Meet us at one of the UC campuses this fall and update your knowledge of the transfer process to UC!