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UC Santa Cruz - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data

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UC Santa Cruz Description:

UC Santa Cruz sits on an enviable piece of real estate 75 miles south of San Francisco that overlooks Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Among the University of California schools, only Berkeley has a higher percentage of students going on to earn doctorate degrees. The university has a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and for its strengths in the liberal arts and science, UC Santa Cruz was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Since its founding in 1965, the university has been known for its progressive curriculum and politically active students.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 17,404 (15,978 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,416 (in-state); $36,294 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,406
  • Room and Board: $14,861
  • Other Expenses: $3,612
  • Total Cost: $33,295 (in-state); $56, 173 (out-of-state)

UC Santa Cruz Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76%
  • UC Santa Cruz Scholarships (Cappex.com)
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 66%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,418
    • Loans: $6,063

Most Popular Majors:

Art, Anthropology, Biology, Business Economics, English, Environmental Science, Film/Video, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 8%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 52%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 74%

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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