University of California-Santa Cruz


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University of California-Santa Cruz

In-state Tuition

$6,949 / year

Out-of-state Tuition

$25,633 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

November 30

Application fee


Educational Resources


Lick Archives, Regional History, Visual Resource Collection (Slides), Special Collections, Online Archive of California, Film & Music Center, Gov’t Pubs & Law, Media & Electronic Resources (MERC)

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 1,540,634 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 22,646 current serial subscriptions.
  • 841,753 microforms.
  • 410,455 Audio/Visual items.
  • 2,726 e-books.

Museums & Art

Center for Adaptive Optics, the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics, the Center for Ocean Health, the Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community, and Museum of Natural History Collections



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.

Campus Resources

  • 593 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 12 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 0 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 2 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 6,000 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in some of the libraries (excluding computer labs), in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 5,280 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, day care, health service


minority student, career, personal, academic, psychological, birth control


on-campus job interviews, internships, career/job search classes, alumni network

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 45% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 15% of housing units are Singles.
  • 41% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 4% of housing units are Triples.
  • 39% of housing units are Apartments.
  • 1% of of housing units are some other type.
  • In total, there are 130 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Multi Cultural Festival
  • Student activities: choral groups, dance, drama/theater, literary magazine, music ensembles, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra
  • In total, there are about 129 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Psi Chi
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Community of Christian Students, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Bible Fellowship, Asian Baptist Student Koinonia, Newman Catholic Club, Latter-Day Saints Student Association
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Thai American Group; Muslim Student Alliance; Multi Cultural Festival; MeChA de UCSC; Las Girlfriend; Indian Student Organization, Filipino Student Association; Ethnic Student Organization Council; Chinese Student Association; Centro Americanos Unidos; Chicanos and Latinos Educandose; Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance; African/Black Student Alliance; African American Theater Arts Troupe, African/Black Recognition Ceremony, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, Bhangra Club Sluggan Di Ronak, Black Science Network, Black Sistas United, Chicano/Latino Yearend Ceremony, Chicanos in Health Education, Chinese Student and Scholar Association, Hmong Student Association, International Students Inc. , Isang Puso, Jewish Student Union, Kasama, Latino Business Student Association, Los Mejicas, Mixed Ethnicities Student Headquarters, National Association of Black Accountants, National Society of Black Engineers, People of the Islands, Queer Latina Network, Student Association of Arabic Culture, Taiwanese Student Association, Turkish Student Organization, Umoja, Vietnamese Student Association
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Alpha Psi Sorority, American Civil Liberties Union- Student Call, AMSA UCSC Premedical Chapter, Art of Living, Bemani Club, Best Buddies at UCSC, Bi the Way, Bollywood, Buddhist Meditation Club, Cabaret Productions, California Public Interest Research Group, Chabad Student Club, Chess and Go Players, Cloud 9, Collaborate and Listen, College Deomcrats of UCSC, College Republicans of UCSC, Comercio Justo, Committee for Justice in Palestine, Community Unified Student Network, Delta Lambda Psi, Delta Sigma Theta, The Dharma Club, Friends of the Community Agroecology Network, Friends of the Farm and Garden, Future Health Professionals at UCSC “Health Slugs”, Gamma Phi Beta, Guerilla Music Project, Haluan Hip-Hop Dance Troupe, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Homes on Wheels, Inter-Greek Council, International Socialist Organization at Santa Cruz, Kappa Gamma Delta Zeta Chapter, Kappa Zeta, Kuya Ate Mentorship Program, Labor Film Collective, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Latin American Film Fest Committee, Mariachi Tlaconete de Santa Cruz, The Other Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Pagkakaisa Dance Troupe, Phi Iota Alpha, Poetry Slam, Program in Community and Agriculture, Queers in the Kitchen, The Quidditch Club, Rainbow Theater, Reel Work Labor Film Festival, Regents’ Scholar Society, Renaissance Scholars-New View, Sabrosura Dance Troupe, SANAI, Santa Cruz Bahai Club, Santa Cruz Futurists, Santa Cruz Israel Action Committee, Santa Cruz Poker club, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc, Sigma Omicron Pi, Sigma Phi Zeta, Sigma Pi Interest Group, Slug Anime and Manga Association, Slub Debate “The Debate Team”, Slugs with Learning Challenges, Smegma, Socialist Organizers Fourth International, STAND Students Taking Action Now, Student for Peace in the Middle East, Students for Reproductive Justice, Students Together Opposing Poverty, Take Back the Night, The Network, Theta Chi, Tri Chi Sorority Chi Chi Chi, University Economics Association, Vagina Organization, Vegetarians United, Women’s Ensemble Theater, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) City On the Hill Press (weekly); Socialist (bi-weekly); Fish Rap Live


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): San Jose (35), Oakland (70)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): San Jose (35)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Santa Cruz (2)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • Not all students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 22% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 37% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 2,010
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 5 fraternities
  • 0 fraternity houses
  • 1% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 6 sororities
  • 0 sorority houses
  • 1% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (Santa Clara University)
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (UC Berkeley)
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors

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