University of California-Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz)

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UC Santa Cruz can be found in Santa Cruz, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. UC Santa Cruz has an enrollment of over eighteen thousand students.

Most of the students that got into UC Santa Cruz got an SAT score within the range of 1430 to 1840, or got accepted with an ACT composite score between 20 to 26. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the UC Santa Cruz average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.13 - 3.52. 60% of all applicants are accepted to UC Santa Cruz, from which 19 percent choose to enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UC Santa Cruz acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 64%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UC Santa Cruz Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-Santa Cruz was reported as 59.9% in Fall 2012 with over 33,100 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UC Santa Cruz SAT Scores: 1430 - 1840
  • UC Santa Cruz ACT Scores: 20 - 26
  • UC Santa Cruz Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into University of California-Santa Cruz?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into University of California-Santa Cruz, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for UC Santa Cruz has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 71.7%
  • 2009-2010: 63.6%
  • 2010-2011: 63.8%
  • 2011-2012: 67.3%
  • 2012-2013: 59.9%
  • Projected UC Santa Cruz Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 63.8%

How Does UC Santa Cruz Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of California-Santa Cruz is eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Santa Clara University51.2%
California State University-Monterey Bay44.4%
Stanford University5.7%
California State University-East Bay68.7%
University of San Francisco61.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UC Santa Cruz (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 610
Math490 - 620
Writing470 - 610
Total Score1430 - 1840
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math20 - 27
Composite Score20 - 26
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