Santa Cruz, CA
University of California-Santa Cruz


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Recent Reviews

Keliann
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UCSC is a great school that deserves more applicants. Although it has a reputation as a party school, students are overall in...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCSC is a great school that deserves more applicants. Although it has a reputation as a party school, students are overall intelligent, focused, and kind in their approach to all facets of their learning and social lives. UCSC achieves a perfect balance between a relaxing environment (with beautiful scenery and great extra-curriculars) and challenging academics. I recommend UCSC if you're an active person who enjoys exploring (you'll do quite a bit of walking) and independently managing your schedule and classes. However, if you're bothered by the smell of marijuana, you may want to reconsider.

Gizem
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UC Santa Cruz has a really great atmosphere that many people love. There are good residential communities with cool themes. T...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UC Santa Cruz has a really great atmosphere that many people love. There are good residential communities with cool themes. The mixed-gender floors were slightly confusing at first, but everyone becomes accepting and likes the sense of community. The food at the dining hall is ok and has different varieties of food people with food sensitivities or restrictions of any sort can eat. The school is a great and accepting place with lots of natural beauty.

Jennifer
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Nestled in a redwood forest and spread across hills are the 10 unique colleges of UC Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is a dream locati...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Nestled in a redwood forest and spread across hills are the 10 unique colleges of UC Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is a dream location to begin your academic career with famous beaches minutes away, but be prepared to trek unmarked paths with banana slugs to make it to your next class and remember stay a safe distance from the deer. Greek life is subdued due to an infamous koi incident and rugby is preferred over football, so those could be deal-breakers. The "hippie" culture of Santa Cruz attracts an eclectic group of students from different backgrounds making for interesting discussions in and outside the classroom. Students are as serious about studying as they are about partaking in the unusual rituals UCSC is known for. (If you don't know what I'm talking about then maybe it's time you visited.) The faculty are also renowned for research in their fields--Biology, Classics, Feminism, Physics--just look it up! The small town vibe could be underwhelming in terms of clubbing and shopping with the nearest Target in Capitola, but Santa Cruz exchanges those for indie brands and bar crawls. Dining is definitely not limited as meal plans can be used outside the crowded halls at eateries on and off campus including a taqueria and a catered hotel. All in all, UCSC makes for a one of a kind experience where its quirks greatly outweigh its shortcomings.

Jonathan
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Santa Cruz is a really nice city, and the weather is really good. The academics are really good and my professors are really ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Santa Cruz is a really nice city, and the weather is really good. The academics are really good and my professors are really nice so far. One of the main bad things about UCSC is that the food is basically the same thing every day. I am in Oakes College, and the core course is really good. Overall, I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Mariana
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UCSC is a school for those that get things done, students that want to work hard and succeed. As long as you come with an ope...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCSC is a school for those that get things done, students that want to work hard and succeed. As long as you come with an open mind, you will find success on this campus. There are a lot of undergraduate research opportunities offered that allow you to get the first-hand experience which will be a part of you for the rest of your life. The campus being an actual forest provides for a lot of free thinking. If you're ever feeling overwhelmed, you can go for a hike to open up your mind

Miguel
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Coming from a city, I was unsure whether the University of Santa Cruz was the right school for me. This was because it was su...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Coming from a city, I was unsure whether the University of Santa Cruz was the right school for me. This was because it was surrounded by nature and I was not use to living in a place where like this. Being a student here is something great. I feel like I am at home and this university offers me everything I need. I love the ocean view you get from the school. It offers great support to students and without a doubt; they are committed to making their students succeed. If I have any academic questions I can always email my advisers and they are super nice about my questions. Time passes by really fast for me here because of all the things you can do. Furthermore, if they host student events to help students make new friends and make UC Santa Cruz a loving community to everyone.

Aline
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It is a very diverse place to be in and I like that its a school in the woods since I like the hiking to my classes and such....

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a very diverse place to be in and I like that its a school in the woods since I like the hiking to my classes and such. But within my own living area I feel somewhat isolated here just because I don't connect with anyone near me, but when I go back home or to another location on this campus I feel better.

Alexis
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My overall opinion about UCSC is that it is a great school but it's not always for everyone. It is a very liberal campus with...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My overall opinion about UCSC is that it is a great school but it's not always for everyone. It is a very liberal campus with a lot of diversity and that can be a problem for some people. If anyone is looking to broaden their minds and learn new things about cultures, then this is the place to do it.

Yasemin
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I think UCSC is a school that prioritizes academics and wants all its students to do their best. Every student has the potent...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think UCSC is a school that prioritizes academics and wants all its students to do their best. Every student has the potential to be something great and I firmly believe that Santa Cruz can utilize students potential to make them the best they can be to succeed in this world.

Ignacio
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Choosing to enroll in this institution was one of the many great decisions of my life. When I first stepped on campus, I knew...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Choosing to enroll in this institution was one of the many great decisions of my life. When I first stepped on campus, I knew I was put on the road of new opportunities and paving my future through making a difference on a global spectrum. If you want a wonderful education all the while improving the community around you, then I highly recommend attending this fabulous university. Go Banana Slugs!

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