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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are helpful and seem very enthusiastic and knowledgable about the subject. They may seem hard to approach when you have large lectures, or if you're naturally shy but they are helpful. They want you to understand the topics and be just as enthusiastic as they are by the end of the quarter. There's not as many exciting courses for me personally, especially for lower division GEs, but as you move into your major's courses, things seem to move along faster.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are constant job openings for you to apply to, and the career center emails every so often about new opportunities that you shouldn't miss. While certain jobs may take forever to get back to you, or may put you on hold and ask you to continuously come back to check for openings, they do a good job of trying to get you a spot.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Because I live in the newer college dorms, I'm experiencing a better quality of dorm life than others in other colleges. I think living on campus isn't that bad, but the bathrooms could definitely be cleaner. Roommates aren't what you expect, so don't have high hopes. Otherwise, everything else is pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: People here care more about having fun than focusing on academics. They don't balance things out and find it weird if I'm actually studying, which bothers me. Most people here are either very focused on playing and enjoying every day, or are very private and don't hang out a lot. There isn't really a lot of in-between people because there's not a whole lot of engaging events to do here. If I were accepted in another school, I would probably choose it over this school because overall there's not a lot in it for me except academics.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Students are always kept posted about what's going on in the campus related to crime

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience with the school is great so far. The course I've taken have been very productive and the professors are awesome and engaging.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a lot of opportunities around the campus if you ask around and use the resources provided by the career center.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is nice and convenient. Classes and the dining hall are easily accessible. Pricing is a little more than average but the facilities are nice.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a huge part of campus life. It is widely participated in, but there are many who don't as well

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics isn't a big part of the campus. We do not have official sports' teams but people do get involved with intramurals and clubs. The athletic facilities are nice and clean.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It has interesting things to participate in. It's unique because it's not big on sports but it offer intramural sports. The students are generally friendly and willing to have random conversations. It's close to the beach with great weather and it's pretty much inside a forest with lots of hiking trails available.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: there is authority there to help you.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: some professors do not care what you get in class. Yet, overall if you stay on top of things you can do good.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They do try to offer students jobs on campus. yet after you apply it normally takes a long time to get into actually working.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: the rooms are tiny. The bathrooms are rarely cleaned.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: you get to meet more people in your college experience. yet, the atmosphere they live in is not the best.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics aren't a big part of UC Santa Cruz

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had a lot of ups and downs. classroom sizes make it hard to concentrate.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I actually have no idea what greek life in santa cruz is like. Frats and sororities are all off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: They have all the equipment you need, but it is a little outdated.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm not sure the school is the right fit for me, but I am doing just fine here.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is not really supported, well in the college I chose with in Santa Cruz. There was an incident a few years back, and that minimized the appeal of the Greek life. I do know a few people who are a part of them, and they seem to enjoy it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school does not have a big sports team, however, the facility is big and offers many classes, and intermural sports. The school advertises fitness really well, by offering a free week trail every quarter.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it, but I have made it a bit harder for my self by taking more than the average amount of units my first and second quarter. I also participate in a student org, Hermanas Unidas, and a fun stress relieving club, Balloon Animal Brigade. I would choose this school again because the people are so nice. The campus is beautiful. I feel a part of something, an the courses I (have taken) am taking are interesting which makes me learn a lot.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are very spacious and my floor-mates are very friendly. My R.A. is also super great, she see's each and every one of us as an individual person, rather than just another person that is on her floor. The only thing that I would complain about is the cost of living on campus, as it is very expensive!

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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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