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Colleges / University of California, Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz Student Life

UC Santa Cruz is on a 2,000-acre campus in a small town setting in Santa Cruz, California, not far from San Francisco and San Jose. There are many activities and organizations for UC Santa Cruz students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

UC Santa Cruz also has fraternities and sororities.

UC Santa Cruz has a thriving College Panhellenic & Inter-Greek Council. In fact, more students participate in College Panhellenic & Inter-Greek Council than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at UC Santa Cruz include Education for Sustainable Living Program, Film Production Coalition, Game Design & Art Collaboration and Muslim Student Association.

UC Santa Cruz students' favorite campus events are Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, Multicultural Festival and UCSC Slug Run.

UC Santa Cruz Housing

UC Santa Cruz offers housing. Students are not required to live on campus First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most UC Santa Cruz students live off campus. In 2021, 4.5% of undergrads at UC Santa Cruz lived in some kind of on-campus housing First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

UC Santa Cruz offers coed housing and .

UC Santa Cruz Athletics

At UC Santa Cruz there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at UC Santa Cruz:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Basketball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Track And Field NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Triathlon Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Equestrian Sports Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Fencing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Ice Hockey Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Lacrosse Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Racquetball Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rugby Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Sailing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Tennis Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Cross Country Running Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Soccer NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Volleyball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Ultimate Frisbee Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Water Polo Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams

Safety at UC Santa Cruz

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

University of California, Santa Cruz is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The UC Santa Cruz campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

UC Santa Cruz offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to UC Santa Cruz

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to UC Santa Cruz, take U.S. Highway 101 to Santa Cruz, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to San Jose International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in California you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore UC Santa Cruz's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

UC Santa Cruz Students

47%

Women

53%

Men

96%

Full Time

4%

Part Time

97%

In State

3%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

30%

27%

23%

8%

8%

2%

2%

0.11%

0.09%

Undergraduate Students

17,207

Graduate Students

1,954

Non-Resident / International Students

1,313

UC Santa Cruz Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

19,161

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

65%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$14,054

Out-of-State

$45,808

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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