I love UC Santa Cruz, I have a lot of pride and love for my university. However, our chancellor does NOTHING useful and/or helpful for the student body. She actually made a new regulation for the new school year of meal plans MORE expensive, with only there being 15 meal swipes A WEEK- that's 2 meals a DAY. Not to mention she refuses to listens to students, despite our numerous asks of help. Besides that, the strength of the student body and beauty of UC Santa Cruz keeps me.
My opinion on UCSC is that it is a decent school. For everyone, the experience will be different. I had my freshman year online mostly so I didn't have a full experience. I did work at one of the dining halls though. The food is better than high school food but not gourmet. There are a ton of different options regardless of what you like. There are also a lot of vegan options. People are super friendly and interactive. This school does not have a football team so if you were hoping to go to games for football that will not happen. A lot of people shop at trader joes and the buses will take you everywhere. All you have to do is show them your id and they will let you on. The teachers are nice and most are understanding. There are always little events going on and things to do. The school is very natural and scenic. Kind of like you live in the middle of the forest so if you're into that this is a great choice. I personally like this school although there are some downfalls like the housing issue and just a need for new things and maintenance.
UC Santa Cruz is a fair institution overall. In my personal experience, the academics are average and professors are available in class and oftentimes offer office hours. I would say that more effort can be put into the curriculum for many majors and that the professors and staff could do more to check in with students. The services and facilities at the school are a good space for students to study and enjoy their time on campus. Despite this, UC Santa Cruz has a terrible housing crisis and students are constantly struggling to secure a place to live. There is a lot of progress that could be done but the school is slowly taking steps to make the campus and housing a place for students to succeed.
UCSC has a beautiful and large campus. Most of the on campus facilities are right in the forest and there's some spots on campus where you can get views of the ocean. When the stress of school is getting to you, you can go on a nice walk. The students for the most part are also very chill and you can meet lots of friendly people. The university does handle some things poorly such as the on campus housing crisis, treatment of its BIPOC students and COVID-19 protocols, but the study body is always looking after each other and always gives the university feedback.
The physical environment is very nice and different from city life. A nice place to study and relax. The classes are decent it varies per course and student as well as teaching style. Nice fit for some but not all to study here. It's an interesting place to learn.
Although the do not always put students first as they claim to. (note: covid-19 made things a lot more screwy and difficult for students, giving the school more excuses not to provide more for the students and faculty if I might add).
Almost everyone goes to UCSC for the location of the campus. If you’re a big fan of nature you have the best of both worlds with the ocean on one side and the forest on the other. As far as the campus goes, the classrooms and lecture halls are really spread out from each other so make sure you have plenty of time to get to your lectures.
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I love it. I love the campus, the environment, the classes, the city, everything. I do wish that campus activities were better advertised. It is very hard to find out stuff that is going on at the different colleges without knowing someone who knows about them.
I love my school, professors in the social sciences are amazing. I learned so much during my first year at college. There's so many resources on campus and professors are usually really great at listening if you have any problems. The only thing thats a problem at my school is the fact that our school is overpopulated and you're only guaranteed 2 years of on campus housing. Off campus living is expensive for anyone who is low income. The scenery of campus is truly extraordinary. Feels just like being at summer camp.
It is a great place to continue your education because there are numerous programs and resources that are available to help you on your journey in university. The professors and advisors are all kind and more than willing to help you find your way and are encourage students to visit them and are helpful in helping students. Overall, my experience at Santa Cruz has been great because the students, professors and staff are both accepting and understanding of the LGBT community and different cultures and backgrounds.
UCSC has one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Nestled between cozy redwood trees in the Santa Cruz mountains and overlooking a breath taking view of the Bay, you will find an excellent education. Divided into ten colleges, the campus is diverse in ethnicities, interests, and backgrounds. Although there are stereotypes to each college, each college houses a variety of personalities and majors. As a Stevenson Affiliate, of course I believe that Stevensonians are the best but I enjoy having classes with students from other colleges. It creates the experience of having a closer relationship and a small college feel while still being a part of a huge University.
This is a great school. However, it is isolated from downtown and can take some time to get there. The only transportation on campus is the metro bus which takes around 30 minutes. People usually uber or some people use zip car. As for class difficulty, it varies depending on major and what professors you get.
University of California, Santa Cruz is a place where my dreams have come true. When I look out over the hill, past the thick and foggy clouds, and onto the tranquil blue of the Pacific Ocean I realize that for the past three years, I have achieved so many things. Though UCSC lacks good housing and the general administration is bureaucratic and slow, the professors are amazing and the nature makes me feel at peace. My attendance at UCSC and participation on campus (participation is key, if you don't try to learn you won't) helped me get multiple internships, consider graduate school, build meaningful relationships, and overall better myself as a person. Attending UC Santa Cruz changed my life for the better and I'm so glad I get to attend this jewel of a university.
When surrounded by like minded people, the University is great for students who want to achieve a higher education. The teachers are great and really care about the success of the students. They make themselves available when needed and hold a high standard for students. There is also a very welcoming culture at the school and many research opportunities.
Great school overall. Most classroom settings at UCSC are small to mid size so not too overwhelming if you're interested in something low scale. At the same time, the school is situated in a forest of sorts, so you can always just chill and relax with random deer and the occasional turkey (no joke).
This school is academically great, despite its bad reputation. The campus is beautiful, and the community here is very welcoming and friendly. UCSC seriously deserves more recognition as a well-achieving university. There is, however, limited activities you can do here, other than Boardwalk, surfing or hiking, or going downtown.
Surrounded Northern California's graceful redwoods and the Pacific Ocean less than three miles away, the University of California-Santa Cruz provides a beautiful campus to live and study on. Though professors are already easily accessible to, the school provides many additional (free) academic services. UCSC is an amazing school and very graceful school.
I attended UCSC for a year straight out of high school. My experience fluctuated throughout. I had both good and bad professors. Huge campus, so it was pretty overwhelming, and was always meeting new people. The campus is beautiful, but academically it varies from department to department. I began as a Human Biology major, and as a first generation student did not know about the different types of resources available and who to ask. I switched to Anthropology, and was still undecided, so I decided to move back home and explore more courses at a local CC instead. I will always have mad love for UCSC though. It has many pros and cons. Everyone's experience is different.
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.
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.
Most of the professors are the best part. They are willing to go completely out of their way to ensure that you succeed. Administration, however, doesn't really care about anybody else besides the professors. They don't do anything despite numerous claims of sexual harassment, physical abuse, or threats. When a student feels they're in danger and brings it up with administration, administration looks down upon them. as if to say "why are you complaining about something so little. Figure it out yourself". The food varies by dining hall. It's very repetitive and takes a while to adjust to.
The housing situation sucks. Off-campus is nearly as expensive as on campus, and both are ridiculously expensive. Perhaps its best to live on campus because you won't have to worry about spending time on cooking.
I think ucsc Is an amazing college and has an incredibly beautiful campus. I actually have a friend that will be a junior this year and she has so many amazing stories about campus and greek life and very time we talk she makes sc sound like such a great and diverse campus, I was incredibly lucky to visit even though it is not the college I am going too.
Overall i am still adapting to the University but i have grown to like it. Yes it is a lot of walking but i like to think that i am getting fit. The people are very nice and open minded which i really enjoy. I wish we had more variety of food and places to go to but one must understand that Santa Cruz is a small city. As someone who is hispanic i really like the amount of other hispanic students i see on campus. I also really enjoy that we (the students)are able to express our opinions and protest and never get shut down. If you're looking for a party campus this school is not for you because there are lacks of parties here and most parties are private and invite only. We have a beautiful campus and the gym is very nice as well. Overall, UCSC is growing on me and i am liking the person i am becoming.
Santa Cruz has a beautiful campus! You literally go to school in the middle of the forest. However, if sports are your thing this is probably not the best place for you. There are some sports that you can participate in but the school spirit is very lacking when it come to supporting their teams. If you are going to college and looking to make a change in your community, Santa Cruz is a perfect fit because of their numerous clubs and activist groups. Although this campus has a unique layout, it is filled with hills, making it a workout to get to class. But hey, less worrying about the Freshman 15. With all of that said there is no other campus that has the views that we do. This campus is beautiful!
I really love this campus. The trees and seers maks everything seem peaceful. The people are great and so are the small classes. The only down side is you have to slowly get used to the hills and stairs. When I came here I got a job at the cafeteria pretty quickly, so that helped me afford this college.
UC Santa Cruz does not only have a beautiful campus but it is also a great school. The faculty and staff care about the students, and there are many resources available from tutoring and academic advising to free food pantries and psychological/counseling services. I really enjoy living on campus because it feels like its own little town. Walking to class through the forest and bridges is always fun and relaxing. There's many places to study that are not just the library. I do wish there were more parking though.
As I stepped on campus, I felt the warmth I was missing in the cold weather through the student body that greeted me for my tour. Quickly, I had an intellectual conversation about my major with a fellow first year student at the university. As I was shown around, I concluded that the campus held many opportunities for their students. I believe UC Santa Cruz is a great option for a variety of people, and definitely an option for me.
UC Santa Cruz is a very unique school that is unlike a lot of other universities. The school is in a forest and while you walk to class you can pass by deer, raccoons and squirrels. The school is also a large public research university so it's easy to meet someone new everyday. It is better to live on campus because it's more convenient but there are a lot of good housing options off campus too. Overall UC Santa Cruz is an unforgettable experience where you will meet so many different and interesting people.
UC Santa Cruz is one of the most interesting colleges in the University of California system. This college, while often referred to as a "party school", boasts incredible academics, even being ranked first in the world for research influence. It's further known for its unique setting among the trees, providing a relaxing, natural study environment.
People stick to themselves or form cliques, teachers seem distant and have obvious political leanings to the left, the one school supply store on campus has a monopoly with terrible prices, expect to either smell armpit in a crowded bus or walk at least 20 minutes every day you have classes. Overall its good if you like to keep to yourself or stare at trees :P
The campus has a very nice atmosphere. People are very helpful like the RA or tutors. The teachers and faculties aren't very considerate sometimes. One time I went to get my bill fixed but they were giving me attitude on what I need to do. The food is average, it's not the best but its not the worst either.
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.
I am an incoming Freshman and so far I love the environment, the campus, and the community within the school. People are very kind and open just like the staff. There is never a dull moment it seems. You can go to the nearby downtown and also take part in one of the many clubs on campus.
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.
I don't think anyone does it like UCSC does it. From academics to social life, there is always something for everyone. We may be in a big campus on a hill, but we are a great community and we create our own within our colleges on campus and people are always willing to help and make sure we are successful and also remind each other of self-care. We are active on social justice matters and bring it outside of campus so that the community all is aware and involved. There is help to be found at just about every corner whether it is for academics or for personal matters. Santa Cruz is the school to go.
The campus is really beautiful. Not only are we located in the forrest, but close to several beaches. There are many opportunities to go hiking and play recreational or competitive sports on campus. From greek life, to sports, to professional organizations, to religious communities, to music, to social justice organizations, and just about any interest group, there is a community for everyone. There is a very good academic program and this school offers interesting and fun classes that also fulfill graduation requirements. I really like how Santa Cruz has challenged me to grow as a person and given me opportunities to explore new things and to step out of my comfort zone. I am glad I chose to attend this school!
The campus is very lovely and it's a beautiful environment that encourages its students to partake in activities and learn about the native plants. The staff encourages the students to use their voice and not forget who really runs the school ( the students) so we must make the most out of it. Although there are its faults mostly due to the lack of space which affects communication, and comfortability, UC Santa Cruz is a good school.
UCSC is a great school. It's very welcoming and diverse in academics as well as people. Not only does the campus provide a great learning/ study environment, but the whole town is also supportive of that feeling. Overall, it's highly recommendable for people that want to learn, grow, and have fun.
This is a weird school. Based on what I've heard from friends who go to other schools, I can safely say that UCSC is fairly unique. There's a pretty diverse array of people, lots of things to get involved in, and, of course, it's in a forest, which lends to some wild experiences...like forest raves and mysterious hippie cabins. At times, it can be annoyingly sheltered and close-minded, since the school is so isolated from so much - our newspaper is called "City on a Hill" for a reason. But, all the same, I don't regret coming here at all. The professors are intelligent, engaging, and genuinely care; the people are full of personality, and there's a group for everyone to be a part of; and the experience you'll get here is unlike any other.
It's an extremely open school and everyone you meet is really nice and cool! It's also really beautiful and the stairs are good for exercise! When I first came here, I was really nervous but early on I realized that I had nothing to worry about. Everyone made me feel welcomed and there were people everywhere willing to help you out! It is honestly amazing!
I love the campus and my major professors have been awesome! The classes made me love literature even more and I highly encourage the physical education classes. You can even get scuba certified. It's definitely expensive! Look into used textbooks and private scholarships. There's A TON of research opportunities though, in ALL MAJORS.
Overall a great school with great education and scenery. The campus is beautiful with plenty of views and the food is terrific. However, I have a hard time liking the other students here, as they seem to be alienated from the ways that I am use to. While there are plenty of friendly people, there is a selection of undeserved confidence in some.
The environment of the campus, both the physical landscape around it and the people that populate it, make the campus very pleasing to learn at. There are many alternatives to driving, including the bus system in place, and the walking routes are both pleasant to view and comfortable to travel on. UCSC is a great place to be in.
I think UCSC is a great place for students who love being outdoors and are social butterflies. They can get involved to things they are interested in and meet new people that way. The academic life is average; The professors are always available and encourage students to meet with them.
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.
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!
The university of california, santa cruz is a great school overall. The campus itself is a reason to choose UCSC, but you'll end up staying for the quality education and community you'll become a part of. Everyone is welcoming, including the staff, and the work load is always easier when you're comfortable on campus.
It is a great in a great setting. Having your school in a forest is great because I like nature and a lot of students also spend a lot of time outside either studying or hanging out with friends. Santa Cruz is a great place to meet new people and find yourself.
Great so far! I especially love the solidarity and love between POC.
Overall, UC Santa Cruz is a wonderful site from first glance. With such a beautiful campus, means that there are many opportunities for creativity. Not to mention the atmosphere that Students provide. However, the whole weed culture is a big definition of our campus as a whole. Despite this, there are many students who seek out intellectual conversation and provide a lot of input in the classrooms. The whole environment is a "chill" and relaxing feeling. Sometimes it feels like you aren't even attending a college; instead more of a summer camp. The connections you make with people are strong and often sought out for. Don't regret coming here one bit! Every trip to class is a hike (Which can be a burden sometimes). With UC Santa Cruz there is so much to explore. The most important adventure however is finding out your role in this huge, open-minded, and politically active college.
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