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University of California-Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Baskin Engineering Plaza credit: Dynaflow
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Overview
Public
16,509 Undergraduates
58% Admissions Rate
City: Small
Public
Region: West
Division 3
Size: Medium
Doctoral
University of California-Santa Cruz
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, California
95064-1011
(831) 459-0111
www.ucsc.edu/

The University of California, Santa Cruz is a public research university located in Santa Cruz, California, and one of the top 90 colleges in the U.S. It is 75 miles south of San Francisco, and sits on 2,000 acres of land. It was established in 1965, and is one of 10 schools in the University of California system. Its motto is “Fiat Lux” or “Let There Be Light.” Notable alumni include journalist Dana Priest, actress and comedienne Maya Rudolph, co-founder of the Black Panther Party Dr. Huey Percy Newton, actor and comedian Andy Samberg, TV writer Marti Noxon and Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra. Its colors are blue and gold, its mascot is Sammy the Slug and its teams are named the Banana Slugs. Its sports affiliation is NCAA Division III – Independent, and varsity sports offered include men’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and volleyball, and women’s basketball, volleyball, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. The most popular undergraduate degrees at the school are psychology, politics, history, literature, environmental studies, anthropology and film and digital media. The university’s Linguistics Department is known as the number one undergraduate program in North America.

Location

Santa Cruz is the county seat and largest city of Santa Cruz County, California. As of 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Santa Cruz's population at 62,864. Situated on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about 32 mi south of San Jose and 75 mi south of San Francisco, the city is part of the 12-county San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area. More from Wikipedia...

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coffee score

84

restaurants score

Students
49%

Men

51%

Women

20

Average Age of Entering Students

1100

New Transfer Students

Admissions
58%

Acceptance Rate

15%

Enrollment Yield

1060-1290

SAT Range

49,181

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$16,261

Typical Cost

$42,034

Out-Of-State (published)

$14,020

In-State (published)

77%

Recieve Financial Aid

85%

Have Loans

$15,700

Median Debt

Academics
18.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

151

Doctorates Awareded

Psychology

Top Major

8

Faculty Awards

10

National Academy Members

120

Post Docs Employed

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Standard

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, more than 150 to choose from

Greek Life:

Important, many fraternities and sororities offered

Party Scene:

Standard, mostly on the weekends
Athletics
Basketball Conference:

Division III Independents

Track & Field Conference:

Division III Independents

Basketball Division:

3

Track Division:

3

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