University of California-Santa Cruz

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$11,502

2.51% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$16,799

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

3.72%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

50.9%

52,969 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

19,457

97.1% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

77.2%

2,772 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 General Psychology (452 degrees awarded), Computer Science (332 degrees), and Sociology (267 degrees).

In 2017, 4,867 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of California-Santa Cruz. 54.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,755 degrees), 1.17 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1500 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $11,502, which is $-14,998 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $11,502, which is $-14,998 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,799.

In 2017, 69% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 46% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,502

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz was $11,502. The cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $-14,998 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$16,799

2017 Value

3.31%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 University of California-Santa Cruz had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,799. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of University of California-Santa Cruz grew by 3.31%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,757

Room and Board

$1,470

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Santa Cruz was of $12,757 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,470. The cost of room and board increased by 2.7% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.52% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

69%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

46%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

69% of undergraduate students at University of California-Santa Cruz received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 2.82% with respect to 2016, when 71% 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.

3.72%

2016 Default Rate

133

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at University of California-Santa Cruz was 3.72%, which represents 133 out of the 3578 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 52,969 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 7.7% annual growth. Out of those 52,969 applicants, 26,984 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 50.9% acceptance rate.

There were 19,457 students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz in 2017, and 80% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of California-Santa Cruz has an overall enrollment yield of 15%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

50.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

26,984

Accepted Out of 52,969

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of California-Santa Cruz was 50.9% (26,984 admissions from 52,969 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 57.9%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 7.7%, while admissions declined by -5.16%.

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SAT Scores

80%

Submission Percentage

3,252

Scores Submitted

80% of enrolled first-time students at University of California-Santa Cruz in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of California-Santa Cruz has a total enrollment of 19,457 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz is 18,892 students and the part-time enrollment is 565. This means that 97.1% 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 32.4% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, 20.8% Asian, 7.66% Two or More Races, 1.85% Black or African American, 0.17% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0977% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (16.6%), followed by White Male (15.9%) and White Female (15.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (22.7%), followed by White Female (18.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.75%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz, both undergraduate and graduate, is 19,457 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz is 18,892 and the part-time enrollment is 565. This means that 97.1% of students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%

2017 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 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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

    6,295

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5,207

  3. Asian

    4,041

The enrolled student population at University of California-Santa Cruz is 32.4% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, 20.8% Asian, 7.66% Two or More Races, 1.85% Black or African American, 0.17% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0977% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 390 students (2%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 429 more women than men received degrees from University of California-Santa Cruz. The majority of degree recipients at University of California-Santa Cruz are white (1,755 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1500 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of California-Santa Cruz is General Psychology (452 degrees awarded), followed by Computer Science (332 degrees) and Sociology (267 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 Language & Linguistics (303 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (124 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (228 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 (448,044 people), Postsecondary teachers (214,466 people), Other managers (179,279 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (153,841 people), and Other Physical Scientists (134,824 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Language & Linguistics (303 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (124 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (228 degrees), Physical Sciences (266 degrees), and Biology (719 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, Sales managers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Language & Linguistics (303 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (124 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (228 degrees), Physical Sciences (266 degrees), and Biology (719 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 (512,493 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (439,788 people), Elementary & secondary schools (290,996 people), Offices of physicians (204,757 people), and Scientific research & development services (169,893 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Language & Linguistics (303 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (124 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (228 degrees), Physical Sciences (266 degrees), and Biology (719 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. 452 degrees awarded

  2. 332 degrees awarded

  3. 267 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of California-Santa Cruz was General Psychology with 452 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,219

  2. 2,648

In 2017, 2,219 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Cruz, which is 0.838 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,648).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 319 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Cruz in Computer Science, which is 4.76 times more than the 67 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 363 degrees were awarded to women at University of California-Santa Cruz in General Psychology, which is 3.3 times more than the 110 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

55%

100% Completion Time

78%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 55% 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, 78% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 79% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of California-Santa Cruz is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.08% of graduates (30 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,755 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,500 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    863 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of California-Santa Cruz is white (1,755 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1500 degrees).

2.45% of degree recipients (119 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Hispanic or Latino Female

    953 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    897 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    858 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of California-Santa Cruz is hispanic or latino female (953 degrees awarded). There were 1.06 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (897 degrees).

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Operations

University of California-Santa Cruz has an endowment valued at nearly $96.5M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $11.1M (11.5%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, University of California-Santa Cruz had a total salary expenditure of $N/A. University of California-Santa Cruz employs 295 Professors, 131 Associate professors, and 126 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of California-Santa Cruz are Male Professors (198), Female Professors(97), and Male Assistant professors (75).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz are: Service, with 383 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 373 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 362 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$96.5M

2017 Endowment

17.7%

growth from 2016

University of California-Santa Cruz has an endowment valued at about $96.5M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of University of California-Santa Cruz grew 17.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $190M 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. $67.7M - Federal

  2. $4.43M - State

  3. $139k - Local

As of 2017, University of California-Santa Cruz received $67.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4.43M from state grants and contracts, and $139k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$329M

2017 Salaries

10.1%

growth from 2016

In 2017, University of California-Santa Cruz paid a median of $329M in salaries, which represents N/A% of their overall expenditure ($N/A) and a 10.1% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.44% decline from 2015 and a 6.4% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$82.5M

Instructional Salaries

654

Number of Employees

In 2017, University of California-Santa Cruz paid a total of $82.5M to 654 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

295 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

383 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz were Professor with 295 employees; Associate professor with 131 employees; and Associate professor with 126 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz were Service with 383 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 373 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 362 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz was Male Professor with 198 employees, Female Professor with 97 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 75 employees.

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

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