Santa Cruz, CA
University of California-Santa Cruz


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Valeriya
What is your overall opinion of this school?

At UCSC students only get 2 years of guaranteed on-campus housing (1 if you are a transfer student), so the other 2 years you...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

At UCSC students only get 2 years of guaranteed on-campus housing (1 if you are a transfer student), so the other 2 years you're on your own. Santa Cruz is in the Bay area, where the housing prices are already jacked up, so SC area itself also has very expensive pricing and you'll have to look carefully to find something affordable and satisfactory. It's kind of a bummer that students without a guarantee aren't very likely to get on campus housing, but that's how it is. Education-wise, many classes are in large lecture halls with 100+ people, so it's a bit hard to get close to a professor if you don't go to office hours. It's not impossible though. Some people may like lecture halls, others don't - it's all a matter of preference. The school goes by quarters, so every week there is something new. It could be hard to catch up if you've procrastinated too long, but on the other end if you hate a class then it ends much sooner than a semester equivilent of it would. Just like in any school, professors could be good or bad, so I suggest asking around about thme before enrolling. The 10 colleges around campus all try to get students involved in events, and they could be very interesting and a good way to make some friends. Facilities are as accomodating as they can possibly be on the foresty hill that is UCSC, and CARE (for mental health) is free for students so that's good. Unfortunately, the nearest actual hospital is in San Jose, so a very serious injury would bring you far away from school. Overall, if you like the outdoors and aren't too much of a partier, you'll probably like UCSC.

Karen
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I truly enjoyed my time at UC Santa Cruz, and a part of me will always want to relive those 4 years. Everyone is super friend...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I truly enjoyed my time at UC Santa Cruz, and a part of me will always want to relive those 4 years. Everyone is super friendly and is willing to give a helping hand. I recall one evening walking back to my dorm after performing poorly on an exam & another student (complete stranger) checked up on me and asked if I was okay. It may not seem like much, but to me it just showed how students at UCSC are there to uplift each other, not compete against each other. The school is known for its hippy-like atmosphere, and the stigma does hold up to an extent. Like all universities, you will see students who are very environmentally conscious and others that are not, but one thing is for sure - the student body is very vocal about its stance on all issues affecting the student body and the environment.

Katie
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It really is a wonderful school. It has a great atmosphere and everyone is willing to learn, have new experiences, and make ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It really is a wonderful school. It has a great atmosphere and everyone is willing to learn, have new experiences, and make friends. Classes can be challenging and some profs are more challenging that others but this campus has so many resources and friendly students that I haven't had many issues. If you enjoy the beach, redwood trees, seeing deer and wild turkeys on campus and being a bus ride from a great downtown area, this is the place for you.

John
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It is a good school that offers a variety of majors and tons of extra curricular activities. However housing is one giant dow...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a good school that offers a variety of majors and tons of extra curricular activities. However housing is one giant downside, there is only 2 years of guaranteed housing for freshmen, and 1 year for transfer, Most students are forced to move out. Classes are very competitive, as it is part of the University of California system. A very serine campus that is great for hikes and walks; However, the main entrance is very underwhelming as it's just a barn on a hill.

Jackson
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I am a sophomore this year at the University of California-Santa Cruz and I have fell in love with my school on the first day...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am a sophomore this year at the University of California-Santa Cruz and I have fell in love with my school on the first day. The students are all extremely friendly and it's easy to make friends since we are all such like-minded individuals. The professors hold regular office hours and are always happy to help driven students achieve their goals through internships and extra aid outside of class. The worst part about UCSC right now would probably be the severe housing crisis the campus is experiencing. All students are "guaranteed" 2 years of on-campus housing but in spite of this promise, many students find themselves without housing by their sophomore year. The housing off campus is very expensive as one might expect for the region but if you can find enough people to rent with them you will be alright. I love my school and can't wait to return in the Fall!

Alexa
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I just recently toured UC Santa Cruz and it was the most uniquely beautiful campus I have ever seen in my life. I am astonish...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I just recently toured UC Santa Cruz and it was the most uniquely beautiful campus I have ever seen in my life. I am astonished by the fact that people were able to build this school in the actual redwood forest without completely damaging the surrounding areas. I sincerely hope to come here one day.

Viviann
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You wake up in the morning to the sound of rain. "Not again," you think to yourself. You get ready for class, no time for br...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

You wake up in the morning to the sound of rain. "Not again," you think to yourself. You get ready for class, no time for breakfast, and put on your only pair of boots that won't get damaged walking to class. You'd like to take the bus, but know they'll be packed. It's been 3 months of pure rain. Days are cloudy and it's always so cold. "Why did I want to go here again?" It was middle school. Your class decided to take a field trip to UC Santa Cruz, even though the drive alone took 2 hours. You remember sitting on the bus, watching tall trees pass by as you wondered what the campus looked like. Already, you were in love. Setting foot on campus, you were confused. There are way more open fields than you are used to seeing on college campuses, but that's not a bad thing. Your group takes a small tour; you look around and you just feel it, "I'm going to go here." And so you did. And even through the terrible months of pure rain, you keep your head up, reminding yourself of how you fell in love with this campus and the privilege of learning everything you have in the past three years. As soon as the sun peeps out, you get the same feeling you did the first time you visited. You fall in love all over again.

Sarah
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UC Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful places to live and learn. The campus is located on a forested hill in the city of ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UC Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful places to live and learn. The campus is located on a forested hill in the city of Santa Cruz, which offers students a truly unique college experience. The culture on campus is reminiscent of its founding roots from the 1960's mixed with a modern academic vibe. The diverse student body allows for an enriching and collaborative learning experience where sharing of opinion and standing up for what's right are celebrated qualities. The faculty are knowledgeable and dedicated to helping students succeed during their years at UC Santa Cruz and beyond. The food served in the dining halls is wholesome and nutritious as much of the produce is locally sourced either from the farm on campus or from local farms within the central coast of California. UC Santa Cruz is dedicated to sustainability and actively looks for ways to reduce waste and lower its footprint. I feel proud to have attended this school and believe I graduated a better person. The only negatives that are worth mentioning are the underdeveloped athletics department (though I believe this is becoming more of a priority among incoming students) and the difficult housing situation on campus and in the community. Both issues are navigable and certainly not deal breakers. UC Santa Cruz is an incredible school that should be on every one's radar!

Nicolette
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Personally, I love UCSC. There's a lot of downsides about it (off campus housing is expensive and difficult to find, but not ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Personally, I love UCSC. There's a lot of downsides about it (off campus housing is expensive and difficult to find, but not impossible like everyone says it is). The culture is so unique and there's a lot of student diversity. We have a lot of support for minority groups and the LGBTQ+ community, with plenty of student and school-run events and organizations to showcase their talents and provide them support they may not receive at home. People generally do not like Greek life here - there are sororities and fraternities but they have very little presence on campus. Parties do happen but they tend to be low-key and the campus is generally quiet. There are sports but they don't have as much of a presence on campus as they do at other UC schools. The campus itself is absolutely beautiful and unlike any other campus you're going to find. It's in a huge redwood forest with lots of trails and local spots that students can visit, and of course we also have beaches. Santa Cruz itself is also just a beautiful place with a lot of character. I personally never find myself bored being here because there's so many little things to explore. I've only been here for one year but I can already say I am extremely happy I chose to go here.

Natalie
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My overall opinion of University of California-Santa Crus is that it is a very nice and spacious school. I like that its loca...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My overall opinion of University of California-Santa Crus is that it is a very nice and spacious school. I like that its located in the forest and near the beach, and the faculty are very inclusive and available. One problem it has is its class sizes. Some lecture halls can have up to 300 people, and it makes accessing the professor extremely difficult.

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