Application Fee
$70
Graduate Application Fee
$105
Acceptance Rate
65%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)
13%
Freshmen Enrollment
4,193
SAT Scores
1,260
ACT Scores
29

2020 Acceptance Rate

A total of 54,988 students have applied and 35,591 students have allowed to admit to University of California-Santa Cruz (Acceptance rate: 64.73%). The yield, also known as enrollment rate, is 11.78 % where 4,193 students have finally enrolled out of 35,591 admitted students.
The acceptance rate of the school is higher (easier to admit) compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. Compared to similar schools in rankings such as The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A & M University-College Station, its acceptance rate is slightly higher than the average (relatively easy to get in) (the average acceptance rate of the schools is 57.00%).
The yield of the school is lower (less admitted-students enrolled) compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. Compared to similar schools in rankings, its yield is average (average yield is 33.00%).

Admission Statistics Charts

2020 Test Scores Comparison

For the academic year 2019-2020, the average SAT score is 1,260 and the average ACT score is 29 over scores submitted by enrolled first-time students. Compared to similar schools in college rankings, the admission score of University of California-Santa Cruz is average than the schools (average score is 1,339). You can check and compare the SAT and ACT scores by subject with tables and charts.
SAT/ACT Scores Comparison
SAT AverageACT Average
University of California-Santa Cruz1,26029
Similarly Colleges in Rankings1,30930
All U.S. Colleges112368
Public, 4-Years Colleges111267
4-Years Colleges112468
Public, 4-Years Colleges in California116770

SAT/ACT Scores by Subject

SATACT
At University of California-Santa Cruz, 3,726 students submitted SAT scores (89% of enrolled students).
The average SAT score is about 1,260 and it is average than average for Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. The following table shows the SAT average scores by subject and 25th/75th percentile.
SAT Scores by Subject
25th percentile75th percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing580670
Mathematics580690
Total1,1601,360
At University of California-Santa Cruz, 1,348 students submitted ACT scores (32% of enrolled students).
The average ACT score is about 29 and it is lower than average for Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. The next table shows the ACT average scores by subject and 25th/75th percentile.
ACT Scores by Subject
25th percentile75th percentile
Reading2533
English2331
Mathematics2329
Total7193

Admission Requirements

The following table summarizes the admission requirement to apply to University of California-Santa Cruz. The school requires 5 items to submit - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program, Admission test scores and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Admission Requirements for Applying to University of California-Santa Cruz
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended