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Reviews 3096 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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College Freshman

Scholarships: I have not currently applied for scholarships. I plan on doing it soon from what I heard its an average process overall.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They are very on top of noise complaints but with everything else they kind of let things deal with themselves until it causes a big problem.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls are off and on with their food. This also varies between dining halls. The best dining halls on campus would have to be cowell/Stevenson and 9/10.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very expensive. Somewhat of a hassle. I live off campus, its okay I kind of miss living on campus though.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I am on a special diet so right now it doesn't apply to me, but when I was eating I found it to be great.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Chilled laid back hippies to crazy drug and edm. Very interesting mixture of people and parties.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: If I could give them 2.5 that would be great, they're somewhere between bad and okay.

The decisions they make regarding punishment have been absurd lately, but I thought that SC was supposed to have a reputation of being able to question authority and create dialogue that way, but I was proven very wrong.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I barely get enough financial aid. Im only able to attend because of loans and the middle class scholarship. Its terrible. Every quarter I have to wait a month after everyone else has gotten their financial aid, and something always go wrong. Absolute disaster.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is usually okay. Served buffet style and often unhealthy, students definitely gain the Freshman 15.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Not enough housing!! Too many students for the school to accommodate.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I did not apply for off campus housing so I do not know much about it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining off campus is nice. It gives us a break from the repetitive food at the dinning hall.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are basically not a thing unless you go off campus

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: The school is very strict on smoking and drinking on campus. They are also somewhat lenient with late night noises.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was a bit of a hassle because of the bad communication between the office and me. There was an issue with them inputting my Winter quarter financial aid during 2015 instead of 2014, so it caused an issue when filling out taxes.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty decent. However, I do wish that they served healthier and better tasting food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice. I would like for them to be more spacious but other than that they are great.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I enjoy my classes and appreciate my professors

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are always career fairs every week.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not many assaults happen on campus (but not many are reported either).

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't participate in it so I don't quite know.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are several nice dining options that each have their own personalities and qualities.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's stressful, but when you do find a place it makes it worth all the stress.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's definitely better than dining hall food.

1 person found this useful Report
College Junior

Administration: To be honest, I don't know.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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