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Enrollment

Total enrollment for fall 2021: 19,842 

  • 17,864 undergraduates and 1,978 graduate students
  • Undergraduates: 50.3 percent men, 46.0 percent women, 3.7 percent unknown/other
  • 1,727 new transfer students entered fall 2021

Ethnic Composition of Undergraduates, Fall 2021

  • African American - 4.7%
  • American Indian - 0.6%
  • Asian - 28.6%
  • Chicanx/Latinx - 26.7%
  • Pacific Islander - 0.3%
  • European American - 31.3%
  • International - 5.7%
  • Not Stated - 1.9%

Admission Statistics, Fall 2022

High School GPA (for freshmen)

  • Mean GPA - 4.08
  • 4.0 or higher GPA - 71.2%
  • 3.5 to 3.99 GPA - 26.6%
  • Below 3.5 GPA - 2.2%

Junior College GPA (for transfers)

Mean GPA - 3.47 

2022 Admission Rates

  • Freshmen - 47.1%
  • Transfers - 61.0%

Retention and Graduation Rates, 2020-21  

  • 89% 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.
  • 78% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in six years.
  • 88% of transfer students returned to enter their next year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 80% of transfer students graduated in three years or less.
  • 88% of transfer students graduated in four years or less

Geographical Distribution, Fall 2021

Home Locations of New Freshmen

  • Central Valley Area - 13.5%
  • Los Angeles/Orange County/South Coast - 26.4%
  • Monterey Bay/Santa Clara Valley/Silicon Valley - 11.5%
  • Other Northern California - 1.5%
  • San Diego/Inland Empire - 11.6%
  • San Francisco Bay Area - 27.5%
  • International - 2.5%
  • Other States in the U.S. - 5.5%

Home Locations of New Transfer Students

  • Central Valley Area - 10.5%
  • Los Angeles/Orange County/South Coast - 26.6%
  • Monterey Bay/Santa Clara Valley/Silicon Valley - 22.1%
  • Other Northern California - 1.7%
  • San Diego/Inland Empire - 8.5%
  • San Francisco Bay Area - 27.0%
  • International - 2.9%
  • Other States in the U.S. - 0.8%

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