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Enrollment

Total enrollment for fall 2023: 19,764 

  • 17,812 undergraduates, 1,952 graduate students
  • Undergraduates: 46.0% men, 49.0% women, 5.0% other/unknown (fall 2022)
  • 1,260 new transfer students entered fall 2023

Ethnic Composition of Undergraduates, Fall 2023

  • African American - 4.6%
  • American Indian - 0.7%
  • Asian - 30.8%
  • Chicanx/Latinx - 27.5%
  • Pacific Islander - 0.2%
  • European American - 30.7%
  • International - 3.1%
  • Not Stated - 2.4%

Admission Statistics, Fall 2024

High School GPA (for first-year students)

  • Mean GPA - 4.04
  • 4.0 or higher GPA - 67.0%
  • 3.5 to 3.99 GPA - 30.1%
  • Below 3.5 GPA - 2.9%

Community College GPA (for transfers)

Mean GPA - 3.49

2024 Admission Rates

  • First-Year Students - 61.3%
  • Transfers - 65.0%

Retention and Graduation Rates, 2022-23  

  • 90% of first-year students returned to enter their sophomore year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 61% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in four years.
  • 77% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in six years.
  • 91% of transfer students returned to enter their next year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 81% of transfer students graduated in three years or less.
  • 84% of transfer students graduated in four years or less

Geographical Distribution, Fall 2023

Home Locations of New First-Year Students

  • Central Valley Area - 10.8%
  • Los Angeles/Orange County/South Coast - 26.6%
  • Monterey Bay/Santa Clara Valley/Silicon Valley - 12.9%
  • Other Northern California - 1.4%
  • San Diego/Inland Empire - 11.1%
  • San Francisco Bay Area - 28.4%
  • International - 1.9%
  • Other States in the U.S. - 6.9%

Home Locations of New Transfer Students

  • Central Valley Area - 11.1%
  • Los Angeles/Orange County/South Coast - 23.1%
  • Monterey Bay/Santa Clara Valley/Silicon Valley - 26.7%
  • Other Northern California - 1.5%
  • San Diego/Inland Empire - 9.0%
  • San Francisco Bay Area - 26.1%
  • International - 1.5%
  • Other States in the U.S. - 1.1%

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