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University of California, Santa Cruz is part of the UC system in the state of California. The school is nationally known for astronomy and space sciences programs. Other creative programs include a computer game design major, and UC Santa Cruz was the first school in the University of California system to offer the degree.

Key Facts


  • #84 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2020
  • #5 in Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • #19 in Earth Sciences
  • #10 in Geophysics & Seismology

Year founded

  • 1965

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation 

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 17,577

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 1,813

Student-faculty ratio

  • 19:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 47.7%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1370 / ACT 32

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.9

International student population

  • 1,393

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.7 – 3.9

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 70% 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $52,000

Popular majors

  • Human Biology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth Sciences 

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $58,370


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include:
Colleges: Cowell College, Stevenson College, Crown College, Merrill College, Porter College, Kresge College, Oakes College, Rachel Carson College, College Nine, College Ten.
Departments: Arts, Engineering, Humanities, Physical & Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Graduate: Division of Graduate Studies.

  • 67 undergraduate majors in the following academic divisions: Arts, Humanities, Physical and Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering
  • Divisions of Art, include Digital Arts and New Media
  • Humanities Division offers innovative programs such as Linguistics, Literature, History, Philosophy
  • The Division of Physical and Biological Sciences offers 18 undergraduate degrees and 11 graduate training programs
  • The Division of Social Sciences offers 8 doctoral programs, 2 masters and 12 BA degrees
  • The School of Engineering is a leader in genomics research, bioinformatics, robotics 
  • Over 150 student clubs and organizations
  • Famous alumni include Kelvin D. Filer, judge, Superior Court of California; Natalie Batalha, astronomer 
Kings alumni at UC Santa Cruz

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