2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$19,615

Net Price

59%

Admitted

12%

Enrolled

78%

Graduation Rate

24/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

University of California-Santa Cruz

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 19,841. In 2021, there were 445 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #38 in California and ranks #387 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master, Doctor

Psychology Graduates

445

Total Enrollment

19,841

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

WASC Senior College and University Commission

Ranking for University of California-Santa Cruz

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#38

California Rank

Combining ranking factors for 82 schools that offer psychology degrees in California, University of California-Santa Cruz ranks #38.

#387

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., University of California-Santa Cruz ranks #387.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, University of California-Santa Cruz offers General Psychology at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers General Psychology. At the doctorate level General Psychology are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMAPhD
General Psychology43537
Total Graduates43537
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) – Predoctoral internship programs

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 61,695 students applied to the University of California-Santa Cruz. The university admitted 59% and 12% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for California universities is 21,883. On average, all California institutions admit 64% and 22% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of University of California-Santa Cruz students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 89%. Compared to all California four or more years colleges, the percentage is 72%.

The overall graduation rate for University of California-Santa Cruz is 78%, compared to 66% for all California universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 7%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare UCSC to California Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of University of California-Santa Cruz to the average of all California four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

UCSC

61,695

Applicants

59%

Percent Admitted

12%

Percent Enrolled

89%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

78%

Graduation Rate

CA Colleges

21,883

Applicants

64%

Percent Admitted

22%

Percent Enrolled

72%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

66%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 1,021 or 76% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 326 or 24% part-time faculty members employed at University of California-Santa Cruz. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 696 or 52%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

UCSC

24 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

76%

Percent Full-Time

24%

Percent Part-Time

52%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

CA Colleges

19 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

40%

Percent Full-Time

60%

Percent Part-Time

39%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at University of California-Santa Cruz the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $11,442, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,180.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $11,442 and the average cost for graduate fees is $2,453.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend University of California-Santa Cruz in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for University of California-Santa Cruz2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$17,429
On-Campus Living Expenses$5,179
Total Living Expenses$22,608
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$11,442
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,180
Total Undergraduate Expenses$35,230
In-State, Graduate Tuition$11,442
In-State, Graduate Fees$2,453
Total Graduate Expenses$13,895
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend University of California-Santa Cruz is $19,615. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend University of California-Santa Cruz presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$11,677$13,340
$30,001 – $48,000$12,688$14,379
$48,001 – $75,000$16,206$17,375
$75,001 – $110,000$23,019$23,778
$110,001 and more$32,340$33,865
US Department of Education

Compare University of California-Santa Cruz to all California universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

UCSC

$35,230

Cost to Attend

$18,659

Average Financial Aid

63%

Percent Receiving Aid

$19,615

Net Price

CA Colleges

$33,186

Cost to Attend

$9,615

Average Financial Aid

80%

Percent Receiving Aid

$14,526

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 2,636 or 63%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 10,677 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $18,659.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid10,677$18,659
Pell Grants5,469$5,197
Federal Student Loans4,027$5,784
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the University of California-Santa Cruz to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

UCSC

10,677

Grant or Scholarship Aid

53%

Grants or Scholarships

5,469

Number of Pell Grants

27%

Pell Grants

4,027

Federal Student Loans

20%

Federal Student Loans

CA Colleges

6,293

Grant or Scholarship Aid

60%

Grants or Scholarships

3,062

Number of Pell Grants

29%

Pell Grants

1,114

Federal Student Loans

11%

Federal Student Loans

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