The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the U.S. state of California. Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California is a part of the state's three-tier public higher education system, which also includes the California State University system and the California Community Colleges system. As of October 2016, the University of California has a combined student body of 251,700 students, 21,200 faculty members, 144,000 staff members and over 1.86 million living alumni.
Its first campus, UC Berkeley, was founded in 1868, while its tenth and newest campus, UC Merced, opened for classes in fall 2005. Nine campuses enroll both undergraduate and graduate students; one campus, UCSF, enrolls only graduate and professional students in the medical and health sciences.
The University of California's campuses boast large numbers of distinguished faculty in almost every field and it is widely regarded as one of the top public university systems in the world. Eight of its undergraduate campuses are ranked among the top 100, six among the top 50, and two among the top 25 U.S. universities by U.S. News and World Report
University of California has its own application system, and you may apply to as many UC undergraduate campuses as you like with just one application. Each of your chosen campuses will receive your application and accompanying materials, such as test scores and transcripts.
Data from the universities' published figures
|Campus||Applicants||Admit rate||GPA||ACT Composite||ACT English Language Arts||SAT Evidence
Based Reading & Writing
|SAT Mathematics||SAT Essay|
|UC San Diego||97,899||30.2%||4.02-4.28||28-34||27-31||640-730||660-790||16-18|
|UC Santa Barbara||92,305||32.3%||4.00-4.26||28-34||26-31||630-720||640-780||15-18|
|UC Santa Cruz||56,634||47.7%||3.76-4.16||26-32||24-30||590-700||620-750||14-18|
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