University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Santa Cruz, CA

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University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 8 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for University of California, Santa Cruz

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 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.

Academics

Overall, very flexible scheduled lectures with knowledgeable professors and small discussion sections that are more small group or one-one-one oriented. This school is known for its sciences and engineering departments as well as its arts department. It has one of the most top Astrophysics and Mechanical Engineering departments in California.

College Life

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

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

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.

Academics

The sciences are definitely what UCSC specializes in, and it is a research facility as well, but other majors definitely have classes that are very solid with great professors. One thing that was a disadvantage, and this is most likely the case at all schools, is that some of the professors who are tenured and/or are about to retire really do not put much effort in. The classes are also pretty large, about 100-200 people on average. The workload, if kept up with, is completely manageable.

College Life

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.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2000

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I wish I had more orientation to the campuses, and better preparation in high school to select the right university. Getting around campus is beautiful, walking through the redwoods, but plenty of time is recommended to get to your classes! I wish they had more sports activities at the school, but they do have an excellent gym. If I could do it all over again, I would have taken advantage of their outside activities such as scuba, surfing etc and receive credit for them... as well, their amazing introduction to organic farming. Thank you!

Academics

Craig Haney was easily my favorite professor (Psychology and Law) at UC. I recommend him highly. My favorite departments on campus were the Language and Psych departments... they gave me a great deal. I elected for grades versus the pass / fail system they had; I felt it would motivate me more. Most of my classes were small, except for a couple of large lecture courses.

College Life

The only problem is that the colleges are all separated from one another, so there is no central location for students to convene. Each college has its own culture, however, and that is really nice. I wish there had been more things such as weekend activities to participate in.


Former Student - Last Attended 1992

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Former Student - Last Attended 1997

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

An overall amazing experience.

Academics

Loved the narrative evaluations I really felt it gave a better interpretation of me as a student than grades would have. However... it made getting into grad-school a little more difficult

College Life

The UCSC ski and snowboard club was super fun. Annual trips to awesome locals such as telluride colorado or whistler blackcomb.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

When I visited this school, the first thing that I thought was the comeliness of the nature around it. This school, I would say, is 80% nature. I absolutely loved the fresh air and breeze from the atmosphere. What I did not enjoy seeing was the sight of students smoking on campus. It shows that the school is not very protective over drugs. There are certain areas where people smoke, and certain areas where people do not smoke. Overall, this school has gotten me interested in it also because of the diversity around it.

Academics

I have not experienced the academics of this school, but from all of the reviews I read, it appears to be great. Although the classes are from around thirty to one hundred and eighty students, the students actually learn and receive a lot of information during class lectures. The professors also get involved with the students, and the students have no trouble communicating with each other.

College Life

I would have to say that the atmosphere is absolutely diverse. Everyone at Santa Cruz has their own niche. There are groups of smokers, skaters, gamers, any group you could possibly think of. Everyone has a place to belong. The clubs and organizations look very promising. I was impressed with the athletics. UCSC has a very strong and promising tennis team. I would say that campus safety is about average. It is not too strict, nor is it too loose.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I'm entering UC Santa Cruz as a freshman for the fall 2012 semester. I love UC Santa Cruz! UCSC is nature oriented. The mascot is derived from an animal that lives on campus because they wanted to represent their environment. This is why their mascot is the banana slug. It's not the toughest mascot around, but it does a great job of representing who the students at UCSC are. One thing that really stood out to me was that some of the buildings were built like legos in the sense that they could be easily taken apart and moved to a different location. It's environmentally friendly and architecturally beautiful. That's definitely something unique to the campus. Be sure to be open minded. It's a different and more liberal atmosphere than a lot of other campuses around. People at the university, and just residents of Santa Cruz in general, are very laid back. It's not a school where you feel pressure to compete to be number one. It's a really supportive environment.

Academics

The student-faculty ratio is roughly 19-1. This will give you a feel of a large university. The institution is researched based. As an undergraduate student, you can be given opportunities to work on research projects, especially within your individual college.

College Life

The students at UCSC are very politically involved. Students do their best to remain informed about new political issues. The campus is broken up into ten individual colleges. The students live within these small communities. Each student feels a small college environment within the college, and a larger university environment outside of them. The colleges provide tight knit environments with academic and social support. The sports program at UC Santa Cruz is Division III in NCAA program. Sports such as volleyball, basketball, and swimming are offered. There are also a number of club and intramural sports available for athletes who want to continue their sport after high school.


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