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Colleges / University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate47%

About UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz is a forward-thinking university known for its breathtaking natural beauty and unusual mascot–the Banana Slug! The UCSC campus is set in a redwood forest with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Known for pioneering research in fields like astronomy, ecology, and genomics, UC Santa Cruz encourages exploration and intellectual curiosity. 

UCSC also has a strong tradition of social activism and progressive values, and students tend to be socially and environmentally conscious. From the beloved Banana Slug mascot to the supportive residential college system, UC Santa Cruz offers an upbeat, inclusive, and unforgettable college journey.

Did You Know?

Banana slugs–bright yellow and slimy creatures–can often be spotted crawling across paths and vegetation on the UCSC campus. Adopted as the official school mascot in the 1980s, the lovable Banana Slug represents the university's commitment to a non-traditional and unique identity. Students proudly embrace the slugs as a symbol of their unconventional spirit and independent thinking. 

The CC Community on UC Santa Cruz

"Santa Cruz is definitely a chill rural beach town and the campus is literally in the middle of the forest. For the right kid, it would be paradise!... Very clever and the buildings were harmonious with the natural environment. The paths were paved trails through the forest to get from one part of campus to the next. I knew there were lots of trees but I didn’t realize it would feel like a hike!"

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University of California, Santa Cruz is a public, state university in the town of Santa Cruz, California. UC Santa Cruz was founded in 1965. The college currently enrolls around 19,478 students a year, including 17,502 undergrad students.

UC Santa Cruz Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into UC Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz admitted 47% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 64,757 applications received in 2022, 30,474 students were offered admission.

University of California, Santa Cruz Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 47%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 4.0
Test Optional May require tests

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University of California, Santa Cruz is located in Santa Cruz, California, near San Jose.

If you would like to see UC Santa Cruz for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 101 to Santa Cruz, or book a flight to the nearest airport, San Jose International.

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College Info

1156 High Street Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Campus Setting: Small Town

UC Santa Cruz Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UC Santa Cruz is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UC Santa Cruz is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UC Santa Cruz is like? There are approximately 19,478 students enrolled at UC Santa Cruz, including 17,502 undergraduate students and 1,976 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 96% percent are from CA and 4% percent of students are from other states.


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