|Setting:||Large Town Setting|
|Size:||Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)|
|Nickname:||UC Santa Cruz|
|On-Campus Housing Available:||Yes|
A progressive university that is part of a well-established university system, UC Santa Cruz offers a unique approach to traditional academics.
Situated in the stunning and progressive coastal California town of Santa Cruz, UCSC is an environmentally friendly, green community both on and off campus.
A community that values both the individual and the world, UCSC's academics offer a unique approach. While students take a traditional major in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences and professional areas, they also enroll in one of UCSC's smaller colleges.
Each college focuses on a particular theme, such as "self and society," with the student examining his area of study from the perspective of that theme.
UCSC also offers progressive and highly individualized grading methods; assessing students with narrative evaluations rather than grades.
The community is also central to UCSC's identity, particularly in its student life. Students reside at one of the 10 colleges and participate in extracurricular and service activities together, fostering a tightly-knit community at each college.
However, while progressive, UCSC is also a well-established and respected institution. Part of the University of California system, UCSC employs award-winning, nationally recognized faculty who are authors, researchers and renowned scholars in their respective fields.
Admission to UCSC is, like everything else, highly individualized. While grades are taken into account, other factors such as creative talents, participation in service and extracurricular activities are given equal attention.
Since it is a state school, tuition for in-state residents is considerably lower. Various financial aid sources are available to those who qualify.
50% of students gave University of California, Santa Cruz 5 stars overall.
My time at UC Santa Cruz was an outstanding college experience. The campus is breathtakingly beautiful with natural redwood trees. There is a wide selection of majors and on campus housing. The student body is very diverse and laid back. It seems like a unique school with a very politically liberal atmosphere.
Attending the University of California Santa Cruz was an incredible experience and one I would not change in hindsight. The UC has an incredible campus and its students are very active outdoors, with lots of hiking, biking and of course surfing at Steamer's Lane. I found the academics there to be okay, but if you are not in the sciences (which I was not), then it is really not a UC Santa Cruz specialty. However, what is missing in academics UC Santa Cruz definitely made up for in all other aspects, from the amazing coast to the the beautiful views. Also, you can make the academics what you want, so if you choose to, it can be a highly academic atmosphere as well. UCSC is also a very unique college so far as its outlook on what college should be about, mainly that you should work hard, but that college is really about growing and having an amazing time. I would suggest going there to anyone who loves the ocean and likes to be around a plethora of different (sometimes very out-there) people.
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.
Seasonal average temperatures for Santa Cruz, CA
|Full-Time Undergrad Students||16,977|
|Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)||18,651|
- Latino: 23%
- African American: 2%
- Caucasian: 43%
- American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
- Asian: 20%
- Unknown and Other: 11%
|American Indian or Alaska native||1%|
|Unknown and Other||11%|
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