University of California-Santa Cruz

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,442
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$17,842
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.99%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
64.7%
54,988 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
19,161
96.1% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
75.5%
3,028 Graduates

About

University of California-Santa Cruz is a higher education institution located in Santa Cruz County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of California-Santa Cruz were Computer Science (667 degrees awarded), General Psychology (514 degrees), and Cellular & Molecular Biology (341 degrees).

In 2020, 5,959 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of California-Santa Cruz. 52.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,930 degrees), 1.18 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1638 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $11,442, which is $−17,187 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $11,442, which is $−17,187 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,842.

In 2020, 69% of undergraduate students attending University of California-Santa Cruz received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 35% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,442
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz was $11,442. The cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $−17,187 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$17,842
2020 Value
0.263%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 University of California-Santa Cruz had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,842. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of University of California-Santa Cruz grew by 0.263%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,084
Room and Board
$1,085
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Santa Cruz was of $15,084 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,085. The cost of room and board increased by 3.29% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 0.367% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

69%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
35%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

69% of undergraduate students at University of California-Santa Cruz received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 2.99% with respect to 2019, when 67% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.99%
2018 Default Rate
96
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at University of California-Santa Cruz was 2.99%, which represents 96 out of the 3209 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of California-Santa Cruz received 54,988 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 1.45% annual decline. Out of those 54,988 applicants, 35,591 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 64.7% acceptance rate.

There were 19,161 students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz in 2020, and 89% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of California-Santa Cruz has an overall enrollment yield of 11.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

64.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
35,591
Accepted Out of 54,988

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of California-Santa Cruz was 64.7% (35,591 admissions from 54,988 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 51.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −1.45%, while admissions grew by 24.3%.

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SAT Scores

89%
Submission Percentage
3,726
Scores Submitted

89% of enrolled first-time students at University of California-Santa Cruz in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of California-Santa Cruz has a total enrollment of 19,161 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz is 18,410 students and the part-time enrollment is 751. This means that 96.1% of students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of California-Santa Cruz, both undergraduate and graduate, is 31.1% White, 25.7% Hispanic or Latino, 21.6% Asian, 7.9% Two or More Races, 1.93% Black or African American, 0.104% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0939% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (15.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (15.4%) and White Female (14.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (20.2%), followed by White Female (19.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (6.88%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz, both undergraduate and graduate, is 19,161 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz is 18,410 and the part-time enrollment is 751. This means that 96.1% of students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

85%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of California-Santa Cruz was 85%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), University of California-Santa Cruz had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,958
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    4,932
  3. Asian
    4,135

The enrolled student population at University of California-Santa Cruz is 31.1% White, 25.7% Hispanic or Latino, 21.6% Asian, 7.9% Two or More Races, 1.93% Black or African American, 0.104% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0939% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 370 students (1.93%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 287 more women than men received degrees from University of California-Santa Cruz. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of California-Santa Cruz is white (1,930 degrees awarded). There were 1.18 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1638 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of California-Santa Cruz is Computer Science (667 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (514 degrees) and Cellular & Molecular Biology (341 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of California-Santa Cruz, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (174 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (265 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (274 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Physicians (440,736 people), Postsecondary teachers (212,615 people), Other managers (182,343 people), Other Physical Scientists (140,530 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (131,301 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Cultural & Gender Studies (174 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (265 degrees), Language & Linguistics (274 degrees), Biology (894 degrees), and Physical Sciences (275 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Sales engineers

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Cultural & Gender Studies (174 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (265 degrees), Language & Linguistics (274 degrees), Biology (894 degrees), and Physical Sciences (275 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (502,678 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (428,941 people), Elementary & secondary schools (283,982 people), Offices of physicians (206,517 people), and Scientific research & development services (177,976 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Cultural & Gender Studies (174 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (265 degrees), Language & Linguistics (274 degrees), Biology (894 degrees), and Physical Sciences (275 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of California-Santa Cruz.
Most Common
  1. 667 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 514 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 341 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of California-Santa Cruz was Computer Science with 667 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,836
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
3,123
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,836 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Cruz, which is 0.908 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,123).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 569 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Cruz in Computer Science, which is 3.95 times more than the 144 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 403 degrees were awarded to women at University of California-Santa Cruz in General Psychology, which is 3.42 times more than the 118 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

49%
100% Completion Time
74%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 49% of students graduating from University of California-Santa Cruz completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 74% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 76% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (86.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of California-Santa Cruz is Female and Asian (86.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.59% of graduates (48 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,930 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,638 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    1,249 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of California-Santa Cruz is white (1,930 degrees awarded). There were 1.18 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1638 degrees).

2.32% of degree recipients (138 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,009 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    984 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    946 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of California-Santa Cruz is hispanic or latino female (1,009 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (984 degrees).

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Operations

University of California-Santa Cruz has an endowment valued at nearly $116M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $12.7M (10.9%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, University of California-Santa Cruz had a total salary expenditure of $N/A. University of California-Santa Cruz employs 302 Professors, 142 Assistant professors, and 121 Associate professors. Most academics at University of California-Santa Cruz are Male Professors (196), Female Professors(106), and Female Assistant professors (75).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz are: Business and Financial Operations, with 422 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 394 employees, and Service with 376 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$116M
2020 Endowment
4.75%
growth from 2019

University of California-Santa Cruz has an endowment valued at about $116M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of University of California-Santa Cruz grew 4.75% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $186M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $81.6M - Federal
  2. $8.19M - State
  3. $1.39M - Local

As of 2020, University of California-Santa Cruz received $81.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $8.19M from state grants and contracts, and $1.39M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$397M
2020 Salaries
7.16%
growth from 2019

In 2020, University of California-Santa Cruz paid a median of $397M in salaries, which represents NaNM% of their overall expenditure ($N/A) and a 7.16% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.29% growth from 2018 and a 7.2% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$94.8M
Instructional Salaries
688
Number of Employees

In 2020, University of California-Santa Cruz paid a total of $94.8M to 688 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
302 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
422 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz were Professor with 302 employees; Assistant professor with 142 employees; and Assistant professor with 121 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz were Business and Financial Operations with 422 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 394 employees; and Service with 376 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz was Male Professor with 196 employees, Female Professor with 106 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 75 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of California-Santa Cruz.

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