How the pandemic is affecting admissions

The UC Santa Cruz campus is open and is offering primarily in-person instruction.

We are happy to report that our positivity rates remain extremely low, and so for fall 2022, the UC Santa Cruz Chancellor has announced that the campus will return to in-person instruction. The schedule of fall classes will contain detailed information about each course’s modality. Except in very rare cases, remote attendance in in-person courses for the entire quarter will not be available in 2022-23.

For further information and updates, please see our Slug Strong page.

Please communicate with us should you become aware of anything that may impact your admission. We are reachable by phone at +1 (831) 459-4008, or via our Contact Us page.

 

FAQs for Students Applying in the Future

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, in collaboration with our campus partners, will ensure students who apply for a future term are not disadvantaged in the admissions process. Freshman applicants to UC Santa Cruz are evaluated using a comprehensive review process while transfer applicants are selected using faculty-approved criteria . Students who have been and will be offered admission are those whom our faculty believe have demonstrated the strongest achievement within the context of their opportunities, have the potential to succeed, and will contribute their skills, perspectives, and passion to our campus community. We are strongly committed to enrolling a class of students that is diverse, including those with international experiences and perspectives.


We are also keeping a close eye on the opening of consulates and scheduling of visa appointments. International students are encouraged to consult with UC Santa Cruz’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to evaluate their options.


UC Santa Cruz’s Committee on Educational Policy has decided that all majors will be accepting online labs taken through summer 2023. However, students are advised to take in-person labs whenever possible. The modality of the labs that you take (whether online or in person) through summer 2023 will have no impact on admissions decisions for fall 2022 or any other future term.


The University of California campuses will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admissions decisions or awarding scholarships. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, they may be used as an alternative method of fulfilling minimum requirements for eligibility or for course placement after you enroll.


Current Students

The UC Santa Cruz campus is open for winter quarter and is offering primarily in-person instruction. We are happy to report that our positivity rates remain extremely low, and so for fall 2022, the UC Santa Cruz Chancellor has announced that the campus will return to in-person instruction. The schedule of fall classes will contain detailed information about each course’s modality. Except in very rare cases, remote attendance in in-person courses for the entire quarter will not be available in 2022-23.

For further information and updates, please see our Slug Strong page. 

 


For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the UC Office of the President currently requires that all students, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. Limited exceptions and deferrals are detailed in the policy itself. Limited exceptions and deferrals are being granted.

For further information on COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements, please see the COVID-19 page on the Student Health Center website.


Visiting the Campus

Yes, in-person tours are available for families and small groups. Please go to our Visit UCSC page to see our many options for visiting, either in-person or remotely, and to check on the availability for tours.


Please go to our Visit UCSC page to see options for visiting both in-person and remotely, including taking a Self-Guided tour.


 Our front counter at 150 Hahn Student Services is open from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 


Our COVID-19 rules are being updated regularly and are available at our COVID-19 Visitors and Events Protocol page.


My Future at the UC Santa Cruz Campus

The latest news and announcements regarding UC Santa Cruz’s response to the coronavirus can be found on our Slug Strong page. Our Student Health Center is posting updates on their website as well.

Housing and Dining
For updated information on housing and dining at UC Santa Cruz, please see the following websites:

Housing Priority List

Information on COVID-19 and Student Housing

Information on COVID-19 and Dining

Keeping our Campus Healthy
Reducing the spread of COVID-19 remains a top priority. In collaboration with the campus Molecular Diagnostic Lab, the Cowell Student Health Center offers an asymptomatic testing program for our campus and is also testing students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

As of April 10, 2022, UC Santa Cruz’s masking policy switched to optional for most indoor settings, although masks are still required on campus public transportation, in the Early Education Services centers, and in clinical settings, such as the Student Health Center and at indoor COVID-19 testing sites.

Also, please note that while not required, indoor masking remains strongly recommended by campus leadership and local public health officials, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.