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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall its really safe on campus. But because it's a huge campus with lots of trees and dark areas, it can be scary

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm very into the classes I take because I love the path I chose for my major. Everything is interesting to me and I stuck to what will keep me engaged.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: With my major, I get to go on an internship for six months which is great for me because I'lll get experience while in school

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Staying at College 9 was the best. New buildings and facilities so everything was really clean. Loved it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life seems pretty boring to me. I've always had a bias against them so I never paid much attention. I don't take them seriously.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: Sports is not big at all on this campus

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It was hard because I did not consider going to college. MY parents haven't atteneded school either so the process was hard for me, I was on my own.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt that I was in danger while on campus, whether at night, day, alone or not. I am not very informed on the sexual assault rates of the campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I've liked all my classes and have really liked almost all of my professors. I've only had a couple huge lectures but even so I got the help i needed in sections/MSI. The classes offered are very interesting and I've had professors who have really great styles of teaching.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not too sure because I haven't researched this enough but the career center is very helpful and there are many opportunities they're just difficult to get sometimes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm I live in is a bit small.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are not as many fraternities and sororities as there is in other schools but their is a fair amount. There is also some that focus around one issue or cater to certain ethnic interests; however none are exclusive and anyone can join.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There is no varsity sports because of funding cuts. All sports are clubs yet they are still competitive and I think fun for the people in them.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The people here have been very welcoming, I have made a lot of new great friends that I am very grateful to have met. The classes so far have been very interesting and I've gotten the help I need. I know I can find help whether it's with my academics, career and work opportunities or any other type of support if I need it.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I honestly love the campus and the environment is so nice that it doesn't even feel like I'm at school sometimes.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Santa Cruz can be rather shady in most parts but the campus generally feels safe. There are some strange people who can make you feel threatened but, overall, personal safety isn't a huge issue (in my experience). There have been some serious cases in the past and whenever there are, the administration is quick to act on it.

However, the online health and safety courses they make us take are mostly useless.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: As I stated earlier, I don't feel as if I've gotten my money's worth from the school. Rather, I feel like I've been paying a lot of money to get a piece of paper--which I'm OK with. College is an investment and I know that it'll pay off. But it would be great if I didn't have to take most of the classes that I have to take and only take my major classes instead.

Overall, however, the courses are straightforward as are the professors. Show up to lecture, take notes, study effectively, and take advantage of sections and office hours. I will say that most of the professors due have an interest in their students' success and usually make themselves available to help us.

Most classes are easily available if you enroll early and the class sizes tend to be large. at least 100 students, if not more, on average.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCSC, while not high ranking compared to the other UC's, is still part of the best public university system in the country. We have a wide-reaching alumni network and the school's close proximity to the Bay Area allows for more opportunities to be noticed by potential employers. I do not know the quality of the employers recruiting yet nor the quality of the career center. However, as a third year I will have to interact with both entities soon so I will shortly find out.

I do believe that a UC degree in general (in a viable field, of course) carries some weight.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived on campus in a triple dorm in Stevenson College for two years. The main reason for doing so is for convenience and for the social atmosphere. Cowell/Stevenson are the closest to Quarry Plaza and thus it feels like you're living in the main center of campus. I'd say the next best colleges are either 9/10 or 8/Oakes.

The dorms themselves are good enough to get by. They're small and at times feel crowded. The bathrooms are generally OK as they are cleaned during the week on a daily basis. On the weekends, however, they can get absolutely foul and we have to live with it until the weekend's over.

The cost is far more than these dorms should be worth. The triples, for example, are meant to be doubles. Due to overcrowding, the administration is going to squeeze even more students into tiny rooms. And of course, they're going to raise prices as well. UCSC is admitting more students each year than they can actually support so the housing situation is only going to get worse.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: UCSC is not a sports-oriented school. Most of the student body is proud of our teams, however, campus life does not revolve around them. We actually don't even have a football team. Most students are into various activities and/or club sports rather than organized athletics.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Frankly, I never much enjoyed school. I always felt K-12 was limiting me and college is no better. I like my major, however, in the past 3 years, I cannot say I learned a whole lot (not enough for close to 30K a year anyway). I never really wanted to go to college but getting a job in the tech sector almost always requires a degree. I do like my college. It's a beautiful campus and the people are easy-going and friendly. However, if I had the option to bypass school entirely and go straight to work, I'd take it.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Nice enough gym space for students who want it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Beautiful campus, needs better resources.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus seems fairly safe but there have been a few incidents that have occurred which quite frankly have left me to feel a little unsafe sometimes.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am a philosophy major and I have to say all my professors have been amazing and super helpful. For my GE classes, I would have to say the same thing, all my professors have been great and totally approachable. Some classes can be really big but its college what can you expect.

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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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