University of California-Santa Cruz

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$11,220

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$16,261

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

3.66%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

57.9%

49,181 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

18,783

97.2% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

76.9%

2,519 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 (496 degrees awarded), Sociology (278 degrees), and Business & Managerial Economics (270 degrees).

In 2016, 4,863 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of California-Santa Cruz. 53.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,938 degrees), 1.45 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1336 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $11,220, which is $-14,636 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $11,220, which is $-14,636 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,261.

In 2016, 71% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,220

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz was $11,220. The cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Cruz is $-14,636 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$16,261

2016 Value

5.77%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 University of California-Santa Cruz had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,261. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of University of California-Santa Cruz grew by 5.77%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,421

Room and Board

$1,448

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Santa Cruz was of $12,421 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,448. The cost of room and board increased by 1.3% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.695% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

71%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

51%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

71% of undergraduate students at University of California-Santa Cruz received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 4.05% with respect to 2015, when 74% 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.

3.66%

2015 Default Rate

123

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at University of California-Santa Cruz was 3.66%, which represents 123 out of the 3360 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 49,181 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 8.01% annual growth. Out of those 49,181 applicants, 28,452 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 57.9% acceptance rate.

There were 18,783 students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz in 2016, and 83% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of California-Santa Cruz has an overall enrollment yield of 14.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

57.9%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

28,452

Accepted Out of 49,181

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of California-Santa Cruz was 57.9% (28,452 admissions from 49,181 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 50.3%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 8.01%, while admissions grew by 24.3%.

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SAT Scores

83%

Submission Percentage

3,519

Scores Submitted

83% of enrolled first-time students at University of California-Santa Cruz in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of California-Santa Cruz has a total enrollment of 18,783 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz is 18,249 students and the part-time enrollment is 534. This means that 97.2% 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 33.1% White, 28.1% Hispanic or Latino, 20.3% Asian, 7.57% Two or More Races, 1.9% Black or African American, 0.154% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.117% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (17.7%), followed by White Male (16.2%) and White Female (15.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (24.1%), followed by White Female (19.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (6.03%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz, both undergraduate and graduate, is 18,783 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Cruz is 18,249 and the part-time enrollment is 534. This means that 97.2% of students enrolled at University of California-Santa Cruz are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

90%

2016 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 90%. 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

    6,223

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5,269

  3. Asian

    3,806

The enrolled student population at University of California-Santa Cruz is 33.1% White, 28.1% Hispanic or Latino, 20.3% Asian, 7.57% Two or More Races, 1.9% Black or African American, 0.154% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.117% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 400 students (2.13%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 329 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 (1,938 degrees awarded). There were 1.45 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1336 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of California-Santa Cruz is General Psychology (496 degrees awarded), followed by Sociology (278 degrees) and Business & Managerial Economics (270 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 Natural Resources & Conservation (260 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (136 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (303 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 & surgeons (457,199 people), Miscellaneous managers (231,859 people), Postsecondary teachers (224,714 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (150,159 people), and Other Physical Scientists (123,899 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Natural Resources & Conservation (260 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (136 degrees), Language & Linguistics (303 degrees), Biology (835 degrees), and Physical Sciences (248 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 Physicians & surgeons, Real estate brokers & sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Credit counselors & loan officers

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Natural Resources & Conservation (260 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (136 degrees), Language & Linguistics (303 degrees), Biology (835 degrees), and Physical Sciences (248 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

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 Hospitals (525,605 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (410,922 people), Elementary & secondary schools (277,977 people), Offices of physicians (182,676 people), and Scientific research & development services (172,931 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Cruz are Natural Resources & Conservation (260 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (136 degrees), Language & Linguistics (303 degrees), Biology (835 degrees), and Physical Sciences (248 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. 496 degrees awarded

  2. 278 degrees awarded

  3. 270 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of California-Santa Cruz was General Psychology with 496 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,267

  2. 2,596

In 2016, 2,267 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Cruz, which is 0.873 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,596).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 260 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Cruz in Computer Science, which is 4.56 times more than the 57 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 381 degrees were awarded to women at University of California-Santa Cruz in General Psychology, which is 2.76 times more than the 138 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

55%

100% Completion Time

77%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 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, 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.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (81.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of California-Santa Cruz is Female and Asian (81.5% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 3.53% of graduates (89 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,938 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,336 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    939 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of California-Santa Cruz is white (1,938 degrees awarded). There were 1.45 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1336 degrees).

2.88% of degree recipients (140 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    970 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    968 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    810 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of California-Santa Cruz is white male (970 degrees awarded). There were 1 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (968 degrees).

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Operations

University of California-Santa Cruz has an endowment valued at nearly $88.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7.49M (8.5%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, University of California-Santa Cruz had a total expenditure of $N/A. Of that $N/A, they spent $306M on salaries and $N/A on benefits.

University of California-Santa Cruz employs 286 Professors, 138 Associate professors, and 109 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of California-Santa Cruz are Male Professors (191), Female Professors(95), and Male Associate professors (74).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz are: Business and Financial Operations, with 454 employees, Service, with 308 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 299 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$88.2M

2015 Endowment

9.85%

growth from 2014

University of California-Santa Cruz has an endowment valued at about $88.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of University of California-Santa Cruz grew 9.85% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $183M 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. $97.6M - Federal

  2. $4.58M - State

  3. $153k - Local

As of 2015, University of California-Santa Cruz received $97.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4.58M from state grants and contracts, and $153k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$306M

Salary Expenditure

$N/A

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, University of California-Santa Cruz had a total expenditure of $N/A. Of that $N/A, they spent $306M on salaries and $N/A on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at University of California-Santa Cruz as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$306M

2015 Salaries

6.4%

growth from 2014

In 2015, University of California-Santa Cruz paid a median of $306M in salaries, which represents N/A% of their overall expenditure ($N/A) and a 6.4% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.79% growth from 2013 and a 0.927% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$68.1M

Instructional Salaries

572

Number of Employees

In 2015, University of California-Santa Cruz paid a total of $68.1M to 572 employees working as instructors, which represents 22.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

286 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

454 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz were Professor with 286 employees; Associate professor with 138 employees; and Associate professor with 109 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz were Business and Financial Operations with 454 employees; Service with 308 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 299 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Cruz was Male Professor with 191 employees, Female Professor with 95 employees, and Male Associate professor with 74 employees.

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

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