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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are generally good. Class sizes vary from 400 - 20 students.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think a degree from here will put me in a good spot to pursue further education.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus tries to keep all its students safe. So when something happens it issues every student an email on what is going on or what has happened.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are okay, living in the on campus apartments is much better.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is average. Not a major part of the school but they sometimes hold events.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No football team, so school spirit in athletics is not the greatest.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The best experiences are the events where you can meet lots of new people and just have a fun time.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: great beautiful school. Campus and community make up for professors and or advisors.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great classes and people. Wish there was better administration. Things are very confusing and it is extremely hard to find somebody who can help you in the correct way when you need them.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As in any place. one must be careful. But there are means here to find support when dealing with sexual assault.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Cant do anything about large classes but I would just say to make yourself known to the TA's.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As a pre-nursing student it would have been nice for them to have a nursing program but the Human Bio major can get you there too.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I was lucky enough to get awesome roomates. Its cool living next to your friends.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There definitely is a number of orgs to choose from and there is bound to be one you might like.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: No varsity, no junior varsity. Only club and intramural. It kinda sucks.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The quarters can be hard but rewarding. I have had a great time here and as long as you know the type of student that you are then you shoulndt have an awful time.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Honestly this is one of the least things I worry about being on this campus. Walking alone at night is never an issue even walking back from McHenry to my room at 3 AM is not that bad.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors here really want you to succeed as long as you put in the effort to try and go talk to them, they will try and help you pass and maybe even love the class.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If you go look for it, it's out there somewhere on this campus. Each major has ways to get you the career or internship you want.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I chose Kresge so I have an apartment on campus even though I am a first year. I am glad I went with this option rather than a dorm because I have more opportunity to cook and have more room to roam in my residence.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: They might cut the funding for it so the NCAA teams would be gone, however there are a variety of intramurals and club sports that are available and are fun to be in.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I haven't had any trouble getting into the classes I want to get in. I also have explored different majors through my GE and have found majors and minors that I might add.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love our school's academics! Great Biology professors like John Tamkun and Bill Saxton!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most people are accepting, but sometimes you hear things that you cannot believe.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I think it is just like any other school. They are definitely stricter here than at UC Berkeley, oddly enough.

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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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