Find Teaching Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

University of California - Santa Cruz

Find Schools Near

University of California - Santa Cruz Teaching Programs

University of California - Santa Cruz is a public institution located in Santa Cruz, California. The city atmosphere of Santa Cruz makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

$47,423 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
59% Acceptance Rate

Where Is University of California - Santa Cruz?


Contact details for UC Santa Cruz are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011
Phone: 831-459-0111

How Do I Get Into UC Santa Cruz?

You can apply to UC Santa Cruz online at:

Admission Requirements for UC Santa Cruz

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UC Santa Cruz?

59% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at UC Santa Cruz is 59%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Can I Afford University of California - Santa Cruz?

$47,423 Net Price
21% Take Out Loans
1.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UC Santa Cruz is $47,423. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UC Santa Cruz, approximately 21% of students took out student loans averaging $5,540 a year. That adds up to $22,160 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Santa Cruz is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - Santa Cruz Undergraduate Student Diversity

17,087 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,864 undergraduate students at UC Santa Cruz, with 17,087 being full-time and 777 being part-time.


There are also 1,977 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 17,087 full-time undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz, 52% are male and 48% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - Santa Cruz students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,904
Black or African American 337
Hispanic or Latino 4,778
White 5,343
International Students 993
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,732

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - Santa Cruz. At this time, 35 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 72 countries are represented at UC Santa Cruz. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Taiwan.

Online Learning at University of California - Santa Cruz

5,761 Took All Classes Online
17,161 Took At Least One Class Online
141,233.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 17,161 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UC Santa Cruz has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of UC Santa Cruz

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of California - Santa Cruz was 141,233.3%. This is the #1 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at UC Santa Cruz regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Teaching Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited education & teaching schools across the U.S.