University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Santa Cruz, CA

UCSC Housing

  • On-Campus Housing Available
  • Meal Service
  • Co-ed Dorms
  • Women's Dorms
  • Men's Dorms
  • Single-Student Apartments
  • Married-Student Apartments
  • Special Housing for International Students
  • Co-op Housing
  • Other: theme housing.
Room & Board Expenses $14,861
Living On-Campus 48%
Living Off-Campus 52%

UCSC Ratings & Reviews

Overall College Life Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 8 Reviews

63% of students gave University of California, Santa Cruz 5 stars in College Life.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

College Life Rating

The social atmosphere is great because the school is large enough to continue to meet different people throughout your time there. Although there are a limited number of sports teams and Greek organizations with little to no social influence, there are a plethora of other extra curricular activities to partake in like drama club, different student unions, dance teams, etc. There are different themed colleges like Oakes, Stevenson, and Kresge, where students live on campus. The on campus dining ranges from being meh to excellent. The campus is very LGBT friendly. Plus it is located pretty close to downtown Santa Cruz, the boardwalk, and the beach.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2011

College Life Rating

This college is more about life outside of the classroom, so the student and campus life are tremendously great. Also, although UCSC is a large school, it has a great sense of community, and walking around campus you are bound to run into friends on any given day.

UCSC Campus Safety

Emergency Hotline
(831) 459-2231
Medical Center Emergency Department
(831) 459-2500

UCSC Athletics

Quick Facts
Team Mascot: Banana Slug
School Colors: navy blue and gold
Official Athletics Site:
Athletic Facilities field, gymnasium, swimming pool
Athletic Conferences: NAA, NCAA
Basketball: Division III Independents
Track: Division III Independents

Athletics Department at University of California, Santa Cruz

Athletic Director Name
Linda Spradley
Athletic Department Email

UCSC Student Organizations

Greek Organizations
Number of Fraternities: 7
Number of Sororities: 13
Percentage of Men in Fraternities: 1%
Percentage of Women in Sororities: 1%

Other Organizations

  • Academic Clubs
  • Business
  • Music Organizations (Band, Choir, etc.)
  • Political Activism
  • Theatre/Drama
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Religious Organizations
  • Minority Organizations
  • International Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Television Station

UCSC Student Services

Computer & Technological Services

  • Internet Access
  • Computers in Libraries
  • Computer Labs
  • Computers in Student Center
  • Email Account Provided by School

Career & Employment Services

  • Career Counseling
  • Internship Placement
  • Career / Job Search Classes
  • On-Campus Job Interviews
  • Resume Assistance
  • Alumni Network

Counseling Services

  • Minority Student Counseling
  • Birth Control Counseling
  • Personal Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Psychological Counseling

Physically Handicapped Services

  • Note-Taking Service
  • Recording Devices
  • Reader Services
  • Interpreters for Hearing-Impaired
  • Special Transportation
  • Special Housing
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Braille Services

Other Services at University of California, Santa Cruz

School Store / Bookstore

  • Health Services
  • On-Campus Child Care
  • Library on Campus
  • Non-Remedial Tutoring
  • Placement Services
  • Women’s Center
  • Health Insurance

Famous Alumni

  • Dr. Steven Hawley, deputy director, Hubble flight crew operations
  • Laurie Garrett- Pulitzer-prize winning science writer
  • Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, president, California State University, Sacramento.

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