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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UC Santa Cruz has everything a liberal arts college has but it is a public school. The university is known for its forest; there isn't a forest in the university, there's a university in the forest. I am from Los Angeles so being so close to nature is eccentric. I am used to the sound of traffic and sight of roads and tall buildings but instead I wake up to the sight of the Red Woods, deer, rabbits, squirrels, and turkeys. It's nice to be out of your comfort zone.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although I haven't spent that much time there I know I made the right decision. Santa Cruz has a beautiful campus. Environmentalism is an important priority of the campus so the buildings, instead of plowing through the nature, work alongside it. Even the toilets are designed to save as much water as possible. The people at orientation were so friendly. I don't think I'll have any problems finding friends. Furthermore, I'm majoring in language studies. Their linguistics and language department is the best in the nation. Perhaps the best thing is how involved the students are in the global community. The student president said in a speech that the students occupied buildings in protest of tuition hikes. I know how important it is to have a voice and Santa Cruz will help me with that.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoy attending the university, but it is challenging when I have to worry about working and commuting an hour each way.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The advisors are really helpful and caring, and reply in a timely manner. The location of the school is also hard to be beat.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The only comfort is knowing it only gets worse in the career market

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The campus is beautiful and has many great places to explore.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What makes UC Santa Cruz extremely unique is the scenery and location of the campus. Everything about Santa Cruz is beautiful. The school is filled with many unique people and open-minded, intelligent people. Everyone is friendly and open to meeting to new people. It was not originally my first choice school, but now I cannot picture myself anywhere else. I feel like I am exactly where I am meant to be at this moment in time.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The teachers and staff are friendly and are definitely glad to help.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far at UCSC I have had nothing but countless moments of fun! The environment is so peaceful yet exciting and endless! The people there, too, from students, to our faculty and staff all really enjoy being at UCSC and we all seem to fit right in. My school is unique because of our environment and because of the people within it. We live in a forest, yet are only 10 minutes away from the beach, and we thrive among one another and we seem to be the friendliest peers and people around! I would choose to attend UCSC again because it is unlike any other school. I ended up going here through what I believe was funny luck and inevitable fate, and I think that many of my peers and friends at UCSC would agree with me and choose UCSC again if we all could!

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is located in the forest. Great for exploring.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Hard to make friends when transfer in winter quarter

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't use the school again because is not as diverse as it says it is.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school in general is great but classes can get difficult and stressful.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school was a great research program. The major I chose didn't fit what I expected but I learned how to deal with my decisions.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love UCSC, it's beautiful, full of life and academic challenges.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my college. UCSC is by far the best for both academics and atmosphere. Everyone is so kind and the professors really care.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very competitive process. Houses are old and also too expensive.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Really cool party scene, it's chill and laid back but also really fun.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Very little quality ethnic cuisine. All bad American food.

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2 College Junior

Administration: Focus too much on student's having fun, not enough on important issues.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Too expensive, needs more ethnic cuisine, and better quality entrees.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: I have not been able to receive any significant financial aid from the university/ government.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The main problem is the horrible selection process and the ridiculous pricing.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It is modern and a regular dorm apartment

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had an easy time getting a scholarship from UCSC, mainly because I did a lot of stuff in high school and had really good grades and test scores. However, financial aid is another story. My financial situation is a bit unusual because my parents are at retirement age and aren't making much money anymore, but they have large assets they accumulated over their lives. So I was offered only loans and the California Middle Class Scholarship, since my parents have money in the bank, despite the fact that this is their retirement money. However, I believe that I would've had a similar problem at most schools, so this isn't just a UCSC problem. Also, the whole process of applying for aid and scholarships was rather complicated and unclear, and even after calling the aid office I was still confused because they didn't really answer my questions. In addition, usually expect to wait when you call this office, or be told that there's no one available and to call back later.

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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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