UC Santa Cruz

With its jaw-dropping coastline, towering redwood forests and cosmopolitan vibe, UC Santa Cruz offers a lifestyle that’s tough to beat. And as one of the world’s top 50 universities, it has a world-class reputation to match.

Here, nearly 20,000 students choose from 70 majors, across the arts, humanities, physical and biological sciences, social sciences and engineering. This rich diversity, combined with a close-knit community atmosphere enhanced by our 10 distinctive residential colleges, makes UC Santa Cruz a spectacular place to live and learn.

We’re also renowned for the quality of our research. From building ultra-efficient solar cells, to developing personalized treatment for cancer patients, UC Santa Cruz’s research gets results—and recognition too. In 2019, UC Santa Cruz was honored with election to the 65-member Associate of American Universities, one of the most prestigious honors in higher education. This membership recognizes our high-impact research, along with our achievements in social mobility.

It’s a great time to come join us.

Freshman admit stats

Applicants: 68,821

Admits: 43,159

Overall admit rate: 62.7%

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Transfer admit stats

Applicants: 11,193

Admits: 7,222

Overall admit rate: 64.5%

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Admissions contact information

University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-0111

Office of Admissions — Evaluation and Application Services
150 Hahn Student Services
(831) 459-4008

Office of Admissions — Information for Prospective Students
(831) 459-4008

Child Care
Early Education Services
(831) 459-2967

Disability Resource Center
125 Hahn Student Services

Educational Opportunity Programs
121 Academic Resources Center
(831) 459-2296

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
205 Hahn Student Services
(831) 459-2963

Housing, Family Student
599 Koshland Way
(831) 459-4080
Housing, Off-campus
Community Rentals Office
104 Hahn Student Services
(831) 459-4435

Housing, On-campus
104 Hahn Student Services
(831) 459-2394

International Admission

150 Hahn Student Services
(831) 459-4008

Out-of-State Admission

150 Hahn Student Services 
(831) 459-4008

190 Hahn Student Services
(831) 459-4412

Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students
Kresge College 
(831) 459-2552

Tour Information
(831) 459-4008
Virtual Tour: admissions.ucsc.edu/#virtualtour

Additional Resources

General Catalog

Academic Divisions
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Physical and Biological Sciences
Social Sciences

Undergraduate Academic Programs

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