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Rank: 96

University of California-Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CAwww.ucsc.edu/
Imagine going to school on a 2,000-acre ranch. It might be a lot like attending UC Santa Cruz, where the campus was once a timber ranch and limestone mine. Students take classes among the redwood trees and party on the sprawling meadows overlooking Monterey Bay. The more than 16,000 undergrads and about 1,700 grad students at this public research university live in a veritable nature bubble an hour and a half from San Francisco. Although the campus is huge, all UC Santa Cruz undergrads belong to one of 10 residential colleges, fostering a smaller community feel. Sports don't play a major role on campus, although there are plenty of intramural and varsity teams to choose from. The school's unusual but beloved mascot is the "mighty" Banana Slug. Greek life exists, but fraternities and sororities don't have campus houses. The very diverse student body has about 150 organizations to choose from, and students can casually socialize over coffee on wooden tables scattered around campus. UC Santa Cruz has a graduation rate of nearly 77%, according to MONEY's calculations, which is 20% higher than at schools with comparable student populations. Recent grads report an average salary of $53,500 after university -- almost 12% higher than their peers who graduated from similar schools.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$36,900
% of students who get any grants
71%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,500
Average price for low-income students
$10,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
58%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/28
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
17,925
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
93%
% of need met
84%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$5,064
student success
Graduation rate
77%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$20,000
Average salary within 3 years
$53,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
38%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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