University of California-Santa Cruz

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,442
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$17,889
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.9%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
51.3%
55,796 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
19,494
97% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
74.5%
2,841 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 (559 degrees awarded), General Psychology (443 degrees), and Business & Managerial Economics (339 degrees).

In 2019, 5,345 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of California-Santa Cruz. 52% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 48% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,786 degrees), 1.17 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1532 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $11,442, which is $−17,058 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $11,442, which is $−17,058 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,889.

In 2019, 67% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 39% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,442
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz was $11,442. The cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $−17,058 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$17,889
2019 Value
3.61%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of California-Santa Cruz had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,889. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of California-Santa Cruz grew by 3.61%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,603
Room and Board
$1,089
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Santa Cruz was of $14,603 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,089. The cost of room and board increased by 3.37% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 5.47% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
39%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

67% of undergraduate students at University of California-Santa Cruz received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 2.9% with respect to 2018, when 69% 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.
2.9%
2017 Default Rate
104
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of California-Santa Cruz was 2.9%, which represents 104 out of the 3581 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 55,796 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 1.4% annual decline. Out of those 55,796 applicants, 28,629 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 51.3% acceptance rate.

There were 19,494 students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz in 2019, and 87% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of California-Santa Cruz has an overall enrollment yield of 13%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

51.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
28,629
Accepted Out of 55,796

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of California-Santa Cruz was 51.3% (28,629 admissions from 55,796 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 47.4%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −1.4%, while admissions grew by 6.81%.

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SAT Scores

87%
Submission Percentage
3,231
Scores Submitted

87% of enrolled first-time students at University of California-Santa Cruz in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of California-Santa Cruz has a total enrollment of 19,494 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz is 18,907 students and the part-time enrollment is 587. This means that 97% 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% White, 24.8% Hispanic or Latino, 20.5% Asian, 7.86% Two or More Races, 1.71% Black or African American, 0.0975% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0872% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (16.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (15%) and White Female (14.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (20.2%), followed by White Female (19.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (6.22%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz, both undergraduate and graduate, is 19,494 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz is 18,907 and the part-time enrollment is 587. This means that 97% of students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%
2019 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 89%. 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
    6,240
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    4,839
  3. Asian
    3,995

The enrolled student population at University of California-Santa Cruz is 32% White, 24.8% Hispanic or Latino, 20.5% Asian, 7.86% Two or More Races, 1.71% Black or African American, 0.0975% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0872% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 372 students (1.91%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 213 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 (1,786 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1532 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of California-Santa Cruz is Computer Science (559 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (443 degrees) and Business & Managerial Economics (339 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 (150 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (236 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (243 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 (459,087 people), Postsecondary teachers (209,742 people), Other managers (185,075 people), Other Physical Scientists (158,821 people), and Secondary school teachers (111,903 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Cultural & Gender Studies (150 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (236 degrees), Language & Linguistics (243 degrees), Physical Sciences (272 degrees), and Biology (779 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

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 Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Dentists, Physicians, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Cultural & Gender Studies (150 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (236 degrees), Language & Linguistics (243 degrees), Physical Sciences (272 degrees), and Biology (779 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 (490,801 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (454,078 people), Elementary & secondary schools (292,109 people), Offices of physicians (230,576 people), and Scientific research & development services (185,771 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Cultural & Gender Studies (150 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (236 degrees), Language & Linguistics (243 degrees), Physical Sciences (272 degrees), and Biology (779 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. 559 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 443 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 339 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of California-Santa Cruz was Computer Science with 559 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

2,566
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
2,779
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 2,566 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Cruz, which is 0.923 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,779).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 497 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Cruz in Computer Science, which is 4.52 times more than the 110 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 363 degrees were awarded to women at University of California-Santa Cruz in General Psychology, which is 3.59 times more than the 101 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

53%
100% Completion Time
77%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 53% 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, 77% 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.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (81.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of California-Santa Cruz is Female and Two or More Races (81.4% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 1.13% of graduates (32 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,786 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,532 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    1,036 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of California-Santa Cruz is white (1,786 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1532 degrees).

2.45% of degree recipients (131 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    947 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    916 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    870 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of California-Santa Cruz is hispanic or latino female (947 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (916 degrees).

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Operations

University of California-Santa Cruz has an endowment valued at nearly $110M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $18.4M (16.7%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, University of California-Santa Cruz had a total salary expenditure of $N/A. University of California-Santa Cruz employs 299 Professors, 146 Assistant professors, and 124 Associate professors. Most academics at University of California-Santa Cruz are Male Professors (198), Female Professors(101), and Male Assistant professors (77).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz are: Business and Financial Operations, with 421 employees, Service, with 402 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 393 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$110M
2019 Endowment
6.28%
growth from 2018

University of California-Santa Cruz has an endowment valued at about $110M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of California-Santa Cruz grew 6.28% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $201M 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. $76.7M - Federal
  2. $9.01M - State
  3. $2.08M - Local

As of 2019, University of California-Santa Cruz received $76.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $9.01M from state grants and contracts, and $2.08M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$371M
2019 Salaries
5.29%
growth from 2018

In 2019, University of California-Santa Cruz paid a median of $371M in salaries, which represents NaNM% of their overall expenditure ($N/A) and a 5.29% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.2% growth from 2017 and a 10.1% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$93.7M
Instructional Salaries
684
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of California-Santa Cruz paid a total of $93.7M to 684 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
299 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
421 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz were Professor with 299 employees; Assistant professor with 146 employees; and Assistant professor with 124 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz were Business and Financial Operations with 421 employees; Service with 402 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 393 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 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz was Male Professor with 198 employees, Female Professor with 101 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 77 employees.

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

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