Santa Cruz, CA
University of California-Santa Cruz


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Recent Reviews

John
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 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
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 ...

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.

Sumudu
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I unfortunately did not have a stereotypical enjoyable college experience at UCSC. It was baffling to me how much I was not t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I unfortunately did not have a stereotypical enjoyable college experience at UCSC. It was baffling to me how much I was not told as a young 18 year old simply following a social phenomenon to attend a UC. My first quarter was incredibly difficult. Taking a chemistry course for a first quarter should not have been advised for someone who struggled in mathematics. The class size was over 200 and I did not get any interaction with the professor or even had a chance to get to know any students for that matter. I struggled to keep up with grades solely being based on two midterms and a final with no assignments to keep me afloat. I was not until I changed my major and began upper division courses that I found my niche and made better connections and learned about research opportunities. I'd have to say my last two years were much better than my first two. Socially, half of my entire dorm from the first and second year of school ended up dropping out due to cost, academic probation, or just academic difficulty in general with minimal support. UCSC is a beautiful campus, and I wish I had gone there after learning more about my career of choice instead of just diving in. I'm happy with how things ended up for me, besides the overwhelming student loan debt, but I wish someone would have taught me during applications for colleges in high school the realities and seriousness attending university entails.

Rebecca
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It is a great school that emphasizes group dynamic. I can be myself without having the pressure of constantly competing with ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a great school that emphasizes group dynamic. I can be myself without having the pressure of constantly competing with others. The professors are always willing to help and want to see us succeed. There are a variety of places to eat and accessible coffee shops, although the prices can be on the high side.

Jocelyn
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UCSC is a beautiful school with friendly and socially/polotically informed students and faculty. There are over 150 orgs and ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCSC is a beautiful school with friendly and socially/polotically informed students and faculty. There are over 150 orgs and many resources for students with disabilities, of ethnic minorities, low income, DACA, first generation, and transfer and returning. However, the financial aid office is not helpful when it comes to advising students about non federal loans, and the diversity is disproportionate since there majority of students are white while African, Black, and Caribbean students populate only 3% of our overall population.

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