UC Santa Cruz Statistics

Enrollment

Total enrollment for fall 2018: 19,700

  • 17,792 undergraduates and 1,908 graduate students
  • Undergraduates: 50.6 percent men, 48.4 percent women, 1.0 percent unknown/other
  • 1,815 new transfer students entered fall 2018

Admission Statistics, Fall 2018

High School GPA (for freshmen) Junior College GPA (for transfers)
Mean GPA 3.93 Mean GPA 3.30
4.0 or higher GPA 51.1%
3.5 to 3.99 GPA 40.4%
below 3.5 GPA 8.5%
ACT  SAT 
27 or higher 71.0% 1400 or higher 32.6%
22-26 22.4% 1100-1399 61.3%
21 or lower 6.6% 1099 or lower 6.1%
ACT Comprehensive 28.8 SAT Total 1324.4
ACT–Reading 29.3 Reading/Writing 647.5
ACT–Mathematics 28.5 Mathematics 683.5
ACT–English with Writing 29 Essay 17

(All figures represent the mean. Freshman GPA includes extra points for qualifying honors level coursework. For further information, please see Freshman Admission.)

2018 admission rate for frosh 47.7%
2018 admission rate for transfers 67.6%

Ethnic Composition of Undergraduates, Fall 2018

 

Undergraduates

%

New Freshmen

%

New Transfers

%

African American

764

4.3%

171

4.6%

90

5.0%

American Indian

145

0.8%

22

0.6%

20

1.1%

Asian

4,967

27.9%

1,122

30.3%

356

19.6%

Chicano/Latino

4,750

26.7%

808

21.8%

596

32.8%

Pacific Islander

65

0.4%

10

0.3%

9

0.5%

European American

5,395

30.3%

1,023

27.6%

607

33.4%

International

1,393

7.8%

482

13.0%

95

5.2%

Not stated

313

1.8%

63

1.7%

42

2.3%

TOTAL

17,792

100.0%

3,701

100.0%

1,815

100%

Retention and Graduation Rates, 2017-18

  • 90% of first-year students returned to enter their sophomore year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 49% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in four years.
  • 77% of students who entered as freshmen graduated in six years.
  • 93% of transfer students returned to enter their next year at UC Santa Cruz.
  • 80% of transfer students graduated in three years or less.
  • 87% of transfer students graduated in four years or less

Hometowns of new freshmen, fall 2018:

Central Valley Area

10.2%

Los Angeles/Orange County/South Coast

23.8%

Monterey Bay/Santa Clara Valley/Silicon Valley

11.3%

Other Northern California

1.0%

San Diego/Inland Empire

11.1%

San Francisco Bay Area

26.8%

Unknown

0.0%

International

11.1%

Other States in the U.S.

4.7%

 

Hometowns of new transfer students, fall 2018:

Central Valley Area

9.2%

Los Angeles/Orange County/South Coast

25.3%

Monterey Bay/Santa Clara Valley/Silicon Valley

27.1%

Other Northern California

1.8%

San Diego/Inland Empire

7.4%

San Francisco Bay Area

25.9%

International

2.6%

Other States in the U.S.

0.7%

See Also