Santa Cruz, CA
University of California-Santa Cruz


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Recent Reviews

Rebecca
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 ...

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
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 ...

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.

Kelsey
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UCSC, while a very nature-based university, lacks a lot of the modern living necessities for a college student. But even thou...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCSC, while a very nature-based university, lacks a lot of the modern living necessities for a college student. But even though there are fewer restaurants and less access to buses on the weekends, there is a fantastic atmosphere of people that are ready to engage in conversation about anything important that day, week, month, or year. The buses tend to work on a very manageable schedule, but during the weekends it becomes difficult to get from one point to another since fewer buses are operating. It becomes unbearable to wait around thirty minutes to get from campus to the nearest market, which is something that needs to drastically change since campus living is a significant lifestyle on UCSC. The dining halls offer a generous amount of food options during the school year, but there seems to be a massive lack of understanding just how different the food taste is for everybody. I often find myself eating the same thing over and over since there is no real variety of food. Usually, when in need of a great pick-me-up in the middle of the night, there is no store open to the convenience of students, and even though vending machines would usually do the trick, there seems to be a lack of those on campus as well. Dorm room living is living up to my expectations, but the lack of amount of showers and stalls is concerning, especially during rush hours when students are getting ready to go to class, and the bathroom gets chaotic. The overall experience of attending the University of California- Santa Cruz, is a positive one, many students coming together from all around the world to join together in a journey that becomes tremendously more exciting once others that share the same passions as you tag along.

Ria
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The nature vibe and weather is amazing here. The location is a perfect place to destress during exams or finals week. Just wa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The nature vibe and weather is amazing here. The location is a perfect place to destress during exams or finals week. Just walking outside of our dorms/apartments can be a great place to de-stress ourselves. The food is decent, but the dining halls can be extremely crowded which can make it difficult to find seats to eat. Many students go into college thinking that Freshman 15 might hit, but at UCSC it was the complete opposite. Walking to and from classes is a much easier option other than biking due to the hills and the buses. It is a great way to get some exercise in especially if you live at Crown College with Cardiac Hill. The weather is really consistent and the school is around 20 minutes away from the beaches and also an hour away from San Jose and San Francisco. One perk is that you can use the local Santa Cruz buses for free just by showing your UCSC ID. You can go to downtown as many times as you want, but it is your own responsibility to know when to get on and off. Santa Cruz itself is a whole college town where majority of the people in downtown are college students. Overall, touring the school can give you a little insight on how great the university is.

Sierra
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really enjoy the environment and overall vibe of the campus. It is easy to stay active. However, the lack of available on-c...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really enjoy the environment and overall vibe of the campus. It is easy to stay active. However, the lack of available on-campus housing and expense of off-campus housing is detrimental. Also, this is not the school to go to if you are looking for big college sports events, but it is the school for you if you enjoy playing sports yourself, hiking, or going to the beach with your friends,

hailey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

it's a beautiful campus, but if you are studying STEM, the professors are smart but suck at communicating and teaching. I hav...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

it's a beautiful campus, but if you are studying STEM, the professors are smart but suck at communicating and teaching. I have taught myself in almost every one of my classes with the exception of a small handful of amazing professors. There aren't a ton of opportunities out there for students, the campus and living off campus is beyond expensive, and the vibe is just weird. There is no diversity.

Stephanie
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I believe UC Santa Cruz is a perfect campus for those who have a lot of appreciation for nature. I like all the recreational ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I believe UC Santa Cruz is a perfect campus for those who have a lot of appreciation for nature. I like all the recreational sports and activities that are available on and near the campus. The campus gives off a homey and comforting feeling that is appreciated by the students.

Victoria
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I absolutely love the University of California, Santa Cruz. I have heard through many past and current students that the soci...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I absolutely love the University of California, Santa Cruz. I have heard through many past and current students that the sociology and education programs are top notch, but what I truly adore is the nature. The university is scattered throughout the woods so when you are on your way to your next class it feels more like a hike than being at school.

Lauren
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I honestly love it here but nobody has school pride, which is kind of a downer. It is absolutely beautiful and there is a lot...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I honestly love it here but nobody has school pride, which is kind of a downer. It is absolutely beautiful and there is a lot to do if you are an outdoorsy person. It's really all about the attitude and what you're willing to get involved in. You got to make the best of the situation you're put in, and that's exactly what I've done. Santa Cruz has become my home. I love the professors and the students here.

Tatiana
What is your overall opinion of this school?

If nothing else, UCSC has a gorgeous campus. If you are a nature lover, UCSC is absolutely for you. I frequently took walks a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

If nothing else, UCSC has a gorgeous campus. If you are a nature lover, UCSC is absolutely for you. I frequently took walks around campus at night, its a forest, so don't expect much lighting, but I never felt on safe. Unfortunately, this sensation is a strictly on campus feeling, the rest of Santa Cruz is less friendly. There is a large population of drug-related homelessness, but don't worry you won't be going out to town in the evenings--there's not much to do. Academically, UCSC is a place where you'll have to put in the effort to excel. It's easy to float on through and pass classes, but if you want internships and the like, they won't fall into your lap. That's another thing, don't expect your college advisor to be any help, they are too busy with other things. Go to Santa Cruz if you are independently driven and enjoy seeking out ways to be socially and politically involved. If you have any sort of social anxiety, don't expect this place to accommodate you.

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