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Enrollment

Total enrollment for fall 2020: 19,161 

  • 17,207 undergraduates and 1,954 graduate students
  • Undergraduates: 52.4 percent men, 46.7 percent women, 0.9 percent unknown/other
  • 1,857 new transfer students entered fall 2020

Ethnic Composition of Undergraduates, Fall 2020

  • African American - 4.6%
  • American Indian - 0.7%
  • Asian - 28.8%
  • Chicanx/Latinx - 26.1%
  • Pacific Islander - 0.3%
  • European American - 30.0%
  • International - 7.6%
  • Not Stated - 1.8%

Admission Statistics, Fall 2021 

High School GPA (for freshmen)

  • Mean GPA - 3.99
  • 4.0 or higher GPA - 56.6%
  • 3.5 to 3.99 GPA - 39.1%
  • Below 3.5 GPA - 4.3%

Junior College GPA (for transfers)

Mean GPA - 3.40

2021 Admission Rates

  • Freshmen - 58.9%
  • Transfers - 58.5%

Retention and Graduation Rates, 2019-20  

  • 85% of first-year students returned to enter their sophomore year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 62% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in four years.
  • 76% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in six years.
  • 88% of transfer students returned to enter their next year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 83% of transfer students graduated in three years or less.
  • 87% of transfer students graduated in four years or less

Geographical Distribution, Fall 2020

Home Locations of New Freshmen

  • Central Valley Area - 11.5%
  • Los Angeles/Orange County/South Coast - 27.9%
  • Monterey Bay/Santa Clara Valley/Silicon Valley - 14.0%
  • Other Northern California - 1.0%
  • San Diego/Inland Empire - 11.7%
  • San Francisco Bay Area - 28.8%
  • International - 3.5%
  • Other States in the U.S. - 2.5%

Home Locations of New Transfer Students

  • Central Valley Area - 10.1%
  • Los Angeles/Orange County/South Coast - 27.9%
  • Monterey Bay/Santa Clara Valley/Silicon Valley - 21.7%
  • Other Northern California - 1.6%
  • San Diego/Inland Empire - 8.8%
  • San Francisco Bay Area - 26.3%
  • International - 3.0%
  • Other States in the U.S. - 0.5%

For more information, please go to the UC Santa Cruz Institutional Research Student Statistics page.