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UC Santa Cruz Campus Portrait

This document provides potential students and their parents with information about UCSC.

Modeled on the current efforts of several national organizations (such as the Voluntary System of Accountability), the University of California has developed a common web reporting template for presenting information about each campus to make it easy to compare UC campuses and other institutions.

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College Portrait Q&A

What is the UC Santa Cruz Portrait?

The UC Santa Cruz Portrait is an on-line document that displays key institutional data and accountability statistics, primarily about undergraduate students and their educational outcomes.  The model for UC version of the portrait is the Voluntary System of Accountability’s (VSA) “College Portrait.”  This display of institutional data in a consistent format for use by potential applicants and parents was developed by the American Association of Schools and Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

What new information is presented in the UC Santa Cruz Portrait?

Most of the information in the Portrait is already available on our campus website, in data sources like the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) repository in the National Center of Educational Statistics (NCES) through its end user query tools, and in various college guide publications and websites.  The UC Santa Cruz Portrait simply presents the data all together in a format that allows easy comparison across institutions.

What is unique about the UC Santa Cruz Portrait?

The major innovation in the Portrait is a financial aid calculator.  Parents and students can input a set of personal financial information and get back an estimate of the aid package they would be offered.  The actual offer a student receives will depend on additional information, confirmation of that information, and a full application of more complex calculations.

Other Portraits

Each UC campus has published a similar profile:
    UC Berkeley
    UC Davis
    UC Irvine
    UC Merced
    UC Riverside
    UC San Diego
    UC Santa Barbara