Santa Cruz, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,294 ($13,416)
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Reviews 2375 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: i love my school and everything about it, however housing options are unfair and housing costs too much

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel that going to this school will fully prepare me for internships, grad school, and future jobs

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: great variety of food and many options for allergies. but it is way to expensive and the food does not generally taste that good.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: more scholarships and grant opportunities needed!

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: great social atmosphere. many hot guys and girls and everyone is friendly. many many smart students who are hard working

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: there is not enough space for students who what to live in campus. I was supposed to get guaranteed housing and the school terminated my contract because of a simple application and did not work with me to help fix my mistake. Living on campus is extremely expensive.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health services are readily available and sexual assaults are minimal

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are a few good places to go and drink prices are not too bad, but the only night life exists in downtown.

4 College Junior

Facilities: They have great recreation areas and dining halls, there is always something to do or somewhere to walk.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is plenty of options that are fairly close to campus. There are select few restaurants that give student discounts but there are many options on food genre.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The parking is too strict but everything else is fairly lenient which I feel is fair

3 College Junior

Majors: It can be difficult to get into a program if you are not an upperclassman, but talking to major advisors helps a great deal with planning for the future

3 College Junior

Majors: I have gotten a few leads for internship opportunities thanks to my major advisor. I have not started one yet but I plan on starting in the near future. I do have a few concerns about professional training, however.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: UC Santa Cruz is home and I am happy I chose to transfer.

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5 College Senior

Campus Dining: UC Santa Cruz offers great dining experience for all.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: Our library is wonderful. Large windows, outdoor reading rooms, and 6 floors of resources. I love it!

4 College Senior

Facilities: The studios in the Art department are wonderful, especially the Cellar!

3 College Senior

Majors: Though the Arts are not funded to its need, the faculty and staff work hard to make it great.

4 College Senior

Majors: Students show great interest as well as faculty. Lack of funds limit work.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Though vegetarian and vegan places are expensive, it's great to have them easily available in town.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Awareness for sexual assault is visible to all students.

4 College Senior

Academics: Though the university is not completely technologically advanced, the professors are the best and offer great opportunities.

5 College Senior

Academics: The Natural Reserves System in the UC campuses is spectacular and one-of-a-kind. I encourage all to take a trip out of the classroom and onto the reserves.

4 College Senior

Diversity: UC Santa Cruz is comprised of the most eclectic people in California, no doubt.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I am so happy I am able to study in the costal community of Santa Cruz.


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Randy Silver
Irvine, California
Environmental Science and Economics
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Most students seem pretty happy at UCSC, although many indicate that it took some time to adjust to the school and its surroundings. Many say UCSC takes some getting used to, but once you find your niche, it is a cool place to be socially and politically active and also to receive a good education. Students are particularly fond of the overall beauty of the area, the laid-back atmosphere, the happening town, and the liberal academic setting. If these things are not your style or are not really important in regards to your college search, maybe you would not be as happy in Santa Cruz as other students.

The town of Santa Cruz is small, but the University is pretty big, so it is easy to hang out with different groups of people throughout your college years. Some people get sick of the town, but fortunately the school offers chances to get away. There is the Education Abroad Program and programs to study in Washington, D.C. and the Sierra Institute, as well. UCSC is a very liberal place with lots of hippies and people who love the outdoors, and it is a very politically charged environment with weekly rallies and protests about anything and everything. If you don’t like something, by all means, protest! There is a huge emphasis on the outdoors here, and it actually feels like you are hiking through the woods when you go to class. If this atmosphere seems to fit what you’re looking for, then you should definitely apply to go here. There are many people who don’t fit the mold and those people usually end up transferring after one or two years, but there are others who couldn’t imagine being anywhere else and eventually make Santa Cruz their home. The only way to find out which category you fall under is to come and check out the University and what it has to offer.

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