University of California Santa Cruz

United States of America

58th US-News World Ranking


Lying on over 2000-acres of forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay, the University of California, Santa Cruz was established in 1965. It is a public university, combining the intimacy of a small, Liberal Arts College with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Over 18000 students attend University of California, Santa Cruz, participating in 65 majors in the areas of arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences and social sciences. The Colleges ( Cowell College, Adlai E. Stevenson College, Merrill College, Benjamin F. Porter College, Kresge College, Oakes College, Rachel Carson College, College Nine and College Ten) provide students academic support, activities and events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus.

The Financial Aid & Scholarships office works with students and families to make college more affordable. There are 2 basic types of Financial Aid includes grants, scholarships and other benefits, these do not need to be repaid. Self-help aid includes student loans and work-study, these must be repaid or earned.

As a public university, university of California, Santa Cruz is obligated to reflect the full range of people and cultures that make up the state of California.

Notable Alumni: Reyna Grande (Author, American Book Award winner), Jayne Ann Krentz (New York Times bestselling author), Victor Krummenacher (Bassist for Camper Van Beethoven, Monks of Doom)

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The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program at UCSC reflects the remarkable local and global diversity of species and environments studied by our faculty and students. The vision of the EEB graduate program is to provide a nurturing, creative, and intellectual environment conducive to the development of world-class scientists. Our graduate program encourages close working relations between students and faculty in an informal atmosphere conducive to rapid learning and professional growth. Interdisciplinary collaborations with oceanographers, geologists, toxicologists, economists and others enable students to explore the conceptual connections between related fields as they acquire mastery in their areas of specialization.

Personal history/statementStatement of PurposeWriting SampleCurrent GRE Scores (General Test only)Three letters of recommendation (MUST be submitted online)Transcripts. It will now be possible to upload unofficial transcripts for the application. Official transcrips will not be required until an admitted student accepts. If you are a non-native English speaker you will be required to take an English language competency exam. UC Santa Cruz accepts the TOEFL or IELTS test. Official scores must also be sent

Career opportunities that include fields such as conservation and natural resource management, teaching, employment at government agencies and parks, biotechnology and pursuit of advanced training in graduate school. Career options might also include working in environmental consulting and non-profits, in zoos and in natural history museums

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The biology departments at UC Santa Cruz offer a broad spectrum of courses that reflect the exciting new developments and directions in the field of biology. An outstanding group of faculty, each with a vigorous, internationally recognized research program, is available to teach courses in their specialties as well as core courses for the major. Areas of research strength within the departments include RNA molecular biology, molecular and cellular aspects of genetics and development, neurobiology, immunology, microbial biochemistry, plant biology, animal behavior, physiology, evolution, ecology, marine biology, and conservation biology. Many students take advantage of the numerous opportunities for undergraduate research, allowing students to interact one on one with faculty and other researchers in a laboratory or field setting.

Typical SAT scores: Math (550-670), Critical reading (520-640), Writing (520-640), ACT Composite (23-29), Average GPA 3.51, TOEFL: IBT- 80, PBT- 550, IELTS-6.5

Epidemiology and health services, environmental policy and planning, sustainable development, biodiversity research, disaster response

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Chemistry is central to modern science and, ultimately, most phenomena in biology, medicine, geology, and the environmental sciences can be described in terms of the chemical and physical behavior of atoms and molecules. Because of the wide appeal and utility of chemistry, UCSC offers many lower-division courses, differing in emphasis and style, to meet diverse needs. Students should also note the numerous upper-division course offerings and select those most suitable to their academic interests. The curriculum in chemistry exposes the student to the principal areas of modern chemistry, including organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and biochemistry. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to end their formal education with a bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree, as well as those who wish to go on for an advanced degree. The UCSC chemistry B.A. or B.S. graduate is well prepared to pursue a career in chemistry or an allied field.

Typical SAT scores: Math (550-670), Critical reading (520-640), Writing (520-640), ACT Composite (23-29), Average GPA 3.51, TOEFL: IBT- 80, PBT- 550, IELTS-6.5

Chemistry, Environmental Science, Government Research, Medicine, Patent Law, Public Health, Teaching

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The computer science curriculum gives students a solid grounding in both theoretical and practical computer usage. Students become proficient in many areas, with a good academic foundation for various careers in the software industry, as well as preparation for graduate school.

Typical SAT scores: Math (550-670), Critical reading (520-640), Writing (520-640), ACT Composite (23-29), Average GPA 3.51, TOEFL: IBT- 80, PBT- 550, IELTS-6.5

Animation and graphics programming, Computer security, Computer systems design, development, and administration, Database system design, development, and administration, Programming languages and compilers, Software engineering, Technical writing, Web development

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The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree program that is designed for students who intend to pursue professional careers in Earth and planetary sciences, engineering, policy, law, teaching, or business or who otherwise desire the broad, quantitative training available at UCSC. In addition to providing comprehensive preparation in the basic physical sciences, and particular breadth and depth in Earth and planetary sciences, the curriculum is structured to prepare students for the competitive graduate school and career marketplace.

Typical SAT scores: Math (550-670), Critical reading (520-640), Writing (520-640), ACT Composite (23-29), Average GPA 3.51, TOEFL: IBT- 80, PBT- 550, IELTS-6.5

Business and industry, Geological and environmental consulting, Governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local level, Non-profit organizations, Research at universities, governmental research institutions, or other scientific agencies, Graduate/professional school in areas such as science, engineering, teaching, law, public health, business.

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a) UC Application

b) Official ACT/SAT scores

c) Typical SAT scores: Math (550-670), Critical reading (520-640), Writing (520-640), ACT Composite (23-29)

d) Average GPA 3.51

e) TOEFL/IELTS scores if the applicant’s native language is not English

f) TOEFL: IBT- 80, PBT- 550, IELTS-6.5

g) Acceptance rate: 50% (2016)

Requirements vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific requirements. 


Bachelors: $ 57,984

Fees vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees. 

Cost of Living

The annual cost of living is $ 16,449 approx.


Yes, the university has in campus dorm facilities.

Undergraduate: November 30

Graduate: Deadlines vary for each program

Deadlines vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines. 

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