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The UC Santa Cruz Division of Physical & Biological Sciences has two different admissions processes for potential undergraduate students and graduate students. Each degree program has specific application deadlines and requirements, so plan carefully.

Why study Science at UC Santa Cruz?

More Hands-On Learning Experiences

Studies conducted by our own UC Santa Cruz scientists have shown that early field courses and research opportunities help STEM students complete their degrees, and we have emphasized this type of hands-on learning in our curriculum. Almost 80% of our life & physical science students complete a research project as a part of their coursework, a higher percentage than science students at any other UC school (UCOP data).

Read about our undergraduate course in the Arctic.

Strong Focus on Student Success

Having mentors and strong community support is vital to success in the sciences, particularly for our first-gen and underrepresented students. We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and supportive environment to encourage students to stay in STEM. Some of the notable STEM-specific support resource at UC Santa Cruz include our STEM Diversity Research Programs, our Academic Excellence Program, and our STEM Hub.

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Internship and Career Opportunities

Our close proximity to multiple natural reserves, government and non-profit research centers, and of course the famous Silicon Valley, provides students with unprecedented opportunities for internships and networking. Whatever your chosen career path, you will be able to find numerous mentors both at UC Santa Cruz and our partner institutions and make connections that will serve you throughout your professional journey.

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Application Information

The UC Santa Cruz Division of Physical & Biological Sciences has two different admissions processes for potential undergraduate students and graduate students. For undergraduates, the UC Application filing period opens November 1 and closes November 30 each year. Application deadlines for graduate students vary by degree program.

Apply as an undergraduate
Undergraduate student admissions to UC Santa Cruz are handled through the University of California’s online application system. Be sure to review the steps you must take, and when, to ensure that your application is considered.
Apply as a freshman Apply as a transfer

More undergraduate admissions resources

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Dates & deadlines
Resources for first-year students
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Resources for out-of-state students

Apply as a graduate student
Graduate student admissions to UC Santa Cruz are administered through our Division of Graduate Studies online application system. Be sure to review the steps you must take and the applicable deadlines to ensure that your graduate program application is considered.
Apply as a graduate

More graduate admissions resources

Explore science graduate programs at UCSC
Dates & deadlines
Resources for international students

Upcoming Info Sessions and Tours

September 27, 2021
  • Ask Me Anything: Research and Internship Opportunites

    September 27, 2021  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    UC Santa Cruz is a great place to be if you're interested in getting involved with research as an undergraduate student. Learn from our coordinator of research opportunities and hear from students that are currently involved in research. They will discuss why you should work with a research group, when you should start, how to find a group and how you can prepare. We’ll also discuss internship opportunities and how you can build experience before you graduate.

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  • UC Application Workshop for Transfer Students

    September 27, 2021  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Interested in applying for UC Santa Cruz as a transfer student? During this workshop an admissions representative will give you an overview of the UC application, walk through how to fill out the application, and provide insights into how to present yourself effectively in your application.

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September 29, 2021
  • Virtual Campus Tour

    September 29, 2021  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Join us for our Virtual Tour! This interactive tour will be with some of our experienced student tour guides. You'll see different parts of campus, learn about all UC Santa Cruz, and have a chance to ask our guides your questions. We look forward to (virtually) hosting you!

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  • UCSC Information Session for High School Students

    September 29, 2021  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    During our virtual information session, you will learn how UC Santa Cruz is 'Different by Design', hear from current UCSC students, and about our admissions process.

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September 30, 2021
  • Virtual Campus Tour

    September 30, 2021  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Join us for our Virtual Tour! This interactive tour will be with some of our experienced student tour guides. You'll see different parts of campus, learn about all UC Santa Cruz, and have a chance to ask our guides your questions. We look forward to (virtually) hosting you!

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