Statement of Accreditation Status
University of California, Santa Cruz

1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, February 19, 2016
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.


Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Multi-institution System
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Herbert Lee Vice Provost for Academic Affairs vpaa [at]
Board of Directors Chair John Perez Chair, Board of Regents regentsoffice [at]
Chief Academic Officer Lori Kletzer Interim Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor cpevc [at]
Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Larive Chancellor chancellor [at]
Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Register Associate Vice Chancellor, Budget Analysis and Planning ksregist [at]
Director Institutional Research Julian Fernald Institutional Research Assessment and Policy Studies Director jfernald [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Agroecology Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Anthropology Bachelors 1966 On-Site
Anthropology Research Doctorate 1990 On-Site
Applied Economics and Finance Masters 1980 On-Site
Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism Bachelors 2017 On-Site
Applied Mathematics Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Applied Mathematics Masters 2006 On-Site
Applied Mathematics Research Doctorate 2006 On-Site
Applied Physics Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Art Bachelors 1969 On-Site
Art Design: Games and Playable Media Bachelors 2015 On-Site
Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Doctorate 1966 On-Site
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Bachelors 1983 On-Site
Bioinformatics Bachelors 2001 On-Site
Biology Bachelors 2000 On-Site
Biology Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics Masters 2003 On-Site
Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics Research Doctorate 2003 On-Site
Biotechnology Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Business Management Economics Bachelors 1998 On-Site
Chemistry Masters 1967 On-Site
Chemistry Research Doctorate 1967 On-Site
Chemistry (BA) Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Chemistry (BS) Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Classical Studies Bachelors 1999 On-Site
Coastal Science and Policy Masters 2018 On-Site
Cognitive Science Bachelors 2010 On-Site
Community Studies Bachelors 1969 On-Site
Computational Media Masters 2017 On-Site
Computational Media Research Doctorate 2017 On-Site
Computer Engineering Bachelors 1986 On-Site
Computer Science (BA) Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Computer Science (BS) Bachelors 1968 On-Site
Computer Science and Engineering Masters 1972 On-Site
Computer Science and Engineering Research Doctorate 1972 On-Site
Computer Science: Computer Game Design Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Bachelors 2014 On-Site
Digital Arts & New Media Masters 2003 On-Site
Earth Sciences Bachelors 1969 On-Site
Earth Sciences Masters 1968 On-Site
Earth Sciences Research Doctorate 1968 On-Site
Ecology and Evolution Bachelors 2000 On-Site
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Masters 2004 On-Site
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Research Doctorate 2004 On-Site
Economics Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Economics Research Doctorate 1990 On-Site
Education Research Doctorate 2002 On-Site
Education (with Credentials) Masters 1983 On-Site
Education, Democracy, and Justice Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Electrical and Computer Engineering Masters 2002 On-Site
Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Doctorate 2002 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Bachelors 1997 On-Site
Environmental Art and Social Practice MFA Masters 2020 On-Site
Environmental Sciences B.S. Bachelors 2018 On-Site
Environmental Studies Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Environmental Studies Research Doctorate 1994 On-Site
Feminist Studies Bachelors 1974 On-Site
Feminist Studies Research Doctorate 2012 On-Site
Film and Digital Media Bachelors 1995 On-Site
Film and Digital Media Research Doctorate 2008 On-Site
Games and Playable Media Masters 2013 On-Site
Global Economics Bachelors 1994 On-Site
History Bachelors 1965 On-Site
History Masters 2003 On-Site
History Research Doctorate 1970 On-Site
History of Art and Visual Culture Bachelors 1975 On-Site
History of Consciousness Research Doctorate 1966 On-Site
Human Biology Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Jewish Studies Bachelors 2010 On-Site
Language Studies Bachelors 1982 On-Site
Latin American and Latino Studies Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Latin American and Latino Studies Research Doctorate 2012 On-Site
Legal Studies Bachelors 1982 On-Site
Linguistics Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Linguistics Masters 1987 On-Site
Linguistics Research Doctorate 1987 On-Site
Literature Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Literature Masters 1967 On-Site
Literature Research Doctorate 1967 On-Site
Marine Biology Bachelors 2000 On-Site
Mathematics Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Mathematics Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Mathematics Masters 1969 On-Site
Mathematics Research Doctorate 1969 On-Site
Mathematics Education Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Masters 1999 On-Site
Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Research Doctorate 1999 On-Site
Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology Masters 2004 On-Site
Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology Research Doctorate 2004 On-Site
Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology Bachelors 2000 On-Site
Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology M.S. Masters 2019 On-Site
Music Masters 1987 On-Site
Music Research Doctorate 2006 On-Site
Music (BA) Bachelors 1969 On-Site
Music (BM) Bachelors 1969 On-Site
Music Composition Professional Doctorate 2004 On-Site
Natural Language Processing Masters 2020 On-Site
Network & Digital Technology Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Neuroscience Bachelors 2001 On-Site
Ocean Sciences Masters 1981 On-Site
Ocean Sciences Research Doctorate 1998 On-Site
Philosophy Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Philosophy Masters 2000 On-Site
Philosophy Research Doctorate 2000 On-Site
Physics Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Physics Masters 1969 On-Site
Physics Research Doctorate 1969 On-Site
Physics (Astrophysics) Bachelors 2001 On-Site
Plant Sciences Bachelors 2001 On-Site
Politics Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Politics Research Doctorate 2000 On-Site
Psychology Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Psychology Research Doctorate 1970 On-Site
Robotics Engineering Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Science Communication Masters 2018 On-Site
Science Education Bachelors 2017 On-Site
Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics Masters 2015 On-Site
Serious Games Masters 2019 On-Site
Social Documentation Masters 2017 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 1966 On-Site
Sociology Research Doctorate 1976 On-Site
Spanish Studies Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Statistical Science Research Doctorate 2018 On-Site
Statistical Science Masters 2018 On-Site
Technology & Information Management Bachelors 1998 On-Site
Theater Arts Masters 2012 On-Site
Theater Arts Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Visual Studies Research Doctorate 2008 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2025 Offsite Review
Fall 2025 Accreditation Visit

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