University of California, Santa Cruz: Narrative Description

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1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Tel: (831)459-0111
Admissions: (831)459-5779
Fax: (831)459-4452
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of California System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 2,000-acre small town campus with easy access to San Francisco and San Jose. Endowment: $85.3 million. Total enrollment: 15,036. Faculty: 729 (533 full-time, 196 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 23,308 applied, 70% were admitted. 90% from top 10% of their high school class, 100% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 12,983 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 711 students, 50% women, 50% men. 1% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 3% black, 18% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 45% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; visual/performing arts; psychology. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other campuses of the University of California System, University of New Hampshire, University of New Mexico. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, SAT Subject Tests required in two different areas: history/social science, English literature, mathematics, laboratory science, or language other than English. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: 3/1. Preference given to qualified state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $19,956 full-time. Mandatory fees: $7023 full-time. College room and board: $10,947. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, African/Black Student Alliance, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, Students Alliance of North American Indians, Estudiantes Para Salud del Pueblo. Major annual events: Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, Multicultural Festival, Banana Slug Spring Fair. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, evening main gate security, campus police force and fire station. 6,158 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. McHenry Library plus 9 others with 1.5 million books, 845,646 microform titles, 21,924 serials, 378,444 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The City of Santa Cruz, population 54,000, and other nearby communities are easily accessible via the local bus system. The area has long been a popular resort because of its recreational offerings, which include 10 miles of beaches, a widely varied coastal zone, and the densely wooded Santa Cruz Mountains. The temperate climate is characterized by sunny summer days with foggy mornings and rain in the winter. Many of the city's Victorian houses have been restored in recent years, and its main shopping street has been revitalized. For its size, Santa Cruz has a remarkable variety of outstanding restaurants in all price ranges. Numerous cultural activities are sponsored by the University, the local junior college, and community organizations.