Santa Cruz has a general population of 54,593 and an overall student population of 17,098. Approximately 16,775 of Santa Cruz's students are enrolled in schools that offer engineering programs.
University of California-Santa Cruz is the largest engineering school in Santa Cruz, based on student population. In 2010, University of California-Santa Cruz graduated approximately 40 students from its engineering program.
A total of 44 students graduated with credentials in engineering from engineering schools in Santa Cruz in 2010. Tuition in 2009 at Santa Cruz's engineering schools was $27,481 per year for instate students and $50,150 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,393 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a engineering program in Santa Cruz. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $13,641 per year, on average, for room and board at Santa Cruz-based engineering schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $19,537.
Many engineering graduates choose to work as engineers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Santa Cruz, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 225 engineers in California were working in the greater Santa Cruz area. The number of engineers in Santa Cruz is expected to increase by 15% by the year 2018. This projected change is the same as the projected nationwide trend for engineers.
As an engineer in Santa Cruz, you can expect to make an average salary of $74,350 per year. This is lower than the average salary for engineers in the state.