Santa Cruz, CA
University of California-Santa Cruz


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Recent Reviews

Sydne
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I came in as a transfer student. I was assaulted, and basically nothing was done about it. Housing is a huge problem in Santa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I came in as a transfer student. I was assaulted, and basically nothing was done about it. Housing is a huge problem in Santa Cruz, its defiantly worse than anywhere you are coming from. If you find a single it won't be cheap. Very white-granola-vegan, there is willingness among the students for progress, but the administration has their heads in the sand. Many services, but the school is always looking to save it's self. There has been a strike for grad students to get a better livable wage since November 2019, through the current quarantine.

Erika
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I loved attending UCSC and I have recommended the campus to many family friends. The commencement ceremony is beautiful and o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I loved attending UCSC and I have recommended the campus to many family friends. The commencement ceremony is beautiful and overlooks the ocean! One thing that is a bit irritating is that McHenry Library is not open 24hrs, which would be really helpful during midterms and finals.

Sierra
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UCSC is a beautiful school surrounded by many different aspects of nature such as the ocean, redwood forests, wild animals su...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCSC is a beautiful school surrounded by many different aspects of nature such as the ocean, redwood forests, wild animals such as deer and turkeys, and so much more. The professors and TA's as this school are very passionate about their fields and are always open to intellectual conversations and are usually available both inside and outside of the classroom. UCSC also has a very strong activist community where students are raising awareness to many different issues such as climate change, overpriced housing, and the rights of minorities.

Sadie
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I think UCSC is a great school, in a great location that allows the students to thrive and succeed in such a interesting plac...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think UCSC is a great school, in a great location that allows the students to thrive and succeed in such a interesting place. There's a thing for everyone here, no matter what you're into, and it's something I love and admire so much about the school.

Annette
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The campus was absolutely beautiful! The class size could be a bit smaller as in student to professor ratio, and the dorms co...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The campus was absolutely beautiful! The class size could be a bit smaller as in student to professor ratio, and the dorms could work on providing less students per dorm room. The majors are wonderful regarding my area of interest in psychology and forensic scientists. I look forward to attending this college for the fall semester :)

Alaina
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The entire UC system is impacted and are taking their lack of planning out on their students. The administration constantly d...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The entire UC system is impacted and are taking their lack of planning out on their students. The administration constantly does things in contrast to the student population, the housing on campus is severely impacted and students are often ending up homeless or in situations with 6+ students because the university is taking in too many freshman than the school can hold.

Spencer
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The environment of UC Santa Cruz is undoubtedly beautiful and it is full of kind and interesting students, with a lot of hard...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The environment of UC Santa Cruz is undoubtedly beautiful and it is full of kind and interesting students, with a lot of hard working professors and TAs alike. That being said, there are a lot of issues at Santa Cruz, regardless of the current chaos surrounding the administration. The dorms are abysmal and crowded: I pay less splitting a roomy one bedroom apartment in notoriously pricey downtown Santa Cruz two ways than I did for a cramped, smelly triple on campus with a dirty shared bathroom. The psychological and health services are choked and overcrowded and as someone with issues in both departments it was too easy to slip through the cracks even when actively advocating for myself. Professors are smart, articulate, and inspiring, but classes are near impossible to get into. As a film major our program is lauded as successful, but equipment is inaccessable and the program is (again) way overcrowded for the minimal amount of resources provided. I'm filling out transfer applications to leave the school this coming year. I don't want to sound overdramatic because, again, I haven't always hated my time here and the people and scenery are both keeping me sane. But the overcrowding and lack of funding at this school make it a very hard place to get ahead in.

Gabriel
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Santa Cruz is a good school. I have liked my time there. The campus is beautiful but think twice if you don't like walking. T...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Santa Cruz is a good school. I have liked my time there. The campus is beautiful but think twice if you don't like walking. The campus is very spread out. There are buses but they are usually full of people living off-campus trying to get on campus.

Emmanuel
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It is the best UC for undergraduate education. It's much easier and more common to meet and talk with your teachers both afte...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is the best UC for undergraduate education. It's much easier and more common to meet and talk with your teachers both after class and during office hours. There is still academic rigor, but without all the competition found at other UCs. There are a lot of options for majors and extracurriculars so it's a great school if you're not quite sure what you want to do. There is a lot of study abroad and research opportunities to take advantage of. College is going to be a tough transition basically no matter where you go, but here I think you have a better chance than most.

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.

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