University of California-Santa Cruz Reviews

4.03 out of 5 stars
(40 Reviews)
  • Santa Cruz (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $42,952
94% of 40 students said this degree improved their career prospects
98% of 40 students said they would recommend this school to others
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4.3 out of 5 stars
Bianca martinez - 10/2/2019
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2019
"The literature program at UCSC needs work. Some classes were very informative, but the thing that is definitely missing is the diversity of authors in the curriculum. A lot of the authors that are discussed are authors in the canon: dead, white men. There are so many other incredible writers who are more than deserving of a place on a university syllabus, and the department would benefit from reflecting what the student body looks like in the authors that they choose. Unfortunately, since there are so many students, classes are huge. Instructors rarely see your work unless you're in a smaller program or room, and TAs (sometimes younger than you) are grading your work and assigning you a grade at the end. You pay all of this money to not even really get to interact with most of your professors. However, the creative writing department was excellent. The instructors are talented, passionate, and care. Since it is a smaller and more competitive program to get into, there really is individual attention. It absolutely has made me a better writer, and I feel so honored to have studied with other fantastic peers and instructors. The campus as a whole is absolutely gorgeous. There are trees everywhere, and it truly is a little city on a hill. I will forever cherish the memories riding my bike, redwoods on all sides. The weather in Santa Cruz is also perfect: 70 degrees, sun and ocean. I felt very lucky to have been able to complete my undergraduate degree at such a beautiful place."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Luis Sedano - 6/25/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Before making the decision to attend UCSC I had a planned major in Kinesiology. At the time I did not know what I wanted to pursue as a career but I knew it was going to involve physical activity and the functions of the human body. I heard UCSC was a great school, although costly, so I decided to attend. My major changed to Human Biology and the courses were quite difficult, but very informative. I learned about a million specific things about the biology of the human body. In the end I decided to pursue the career of physical therapy. My degree did not necessarily provide the courses to prepare you for such career. The Human Biology major is intended more for pre-med students who wish to pursue the career of a medical doctor. However, the quality of my education and the fairness of the faculty provided me with a high quality education that I do not regret obtaining, although it was quite costly."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Adi - 6/12/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"UCSC is an amazing school. Although it is a UC campus with a large student population, it does not feel like a big school. As a psychology major, i found that teachers are excited to get to know their students and that classroom sizes were not too big. The psychology community was very close and I felt like peers were always willing to help each other succeed."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Yasmine Elshenawi - 4/24/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2018
"The thing I enjoy most about my program is that my college is literally in the woods. Our campus is unlike other campuses where it's a block of buildings. It takes an hour to walk the perimeter of campus. Parts of the campus haven't been developed because it requires tearing down protected red wood trees. My high school was a collection of portable buildings in the middle of the suburb. As a biology student, I was prone to a lot of stress whether it was class/grade related or financial issues. I found that being in the red woods was calming and helped me cope better with typical college student problems."
4.9 out of 5 stars
David Sussberg - 4/1/2019
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2010
"Genuinely the ideal school. Superior program of study! Excellent environment. Invaluable skills and knowledge received. Amazing professors and classes? I feel I was extremely prepared in my understanding of the environment and the nexus point between a holistic and healthy relationship between humans and our natural world. Many wonderful moment moment were grated to embrace and understand the environment. I feel blessed to have gone to UC Santa Cruz. The natural landscapes at UC Santa Cruzs campus is magically and serves as a way to fully develop a reverence and care for our Earth Mother."
4.9 out of 5 stars
David Sussberg - 4/1/2019
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2010
"Genuinely the ideal school. Superior program of study! Excellent environment. Invaluable skills and knowledge received. Amazing professors and classes? I feel I was extremely prepared in my understanding of the environment and the nexus point between a holistic and healthy relationship between humans and our natural world. Many wonderful moment moment were grated to embrace and understand the environment. I feel blessed to have gone to UC Santa Cruz. The natural landscapes at UC Santa Cruzs campus"
3.9 out of 5 stars
Jasmine - 3/31/2019
Degree: Music
Graduation Year: 2019
"UC Santa Cruz is a beautiful oasis of redwood trees and trails within the beach town of Santa Cruz. This campus is truly unique, and there are many microcosms of communities within the 17,000+ students here. This being said, Santa Cruz is a small town, and the university does not make proper accommodations for the ever growing population of students accepted each year. The housing market in Santa Cruz is extremely competitive and toxic for students, many of which are first-time renters. The school will need to make major improvements on providing resources for students to have their basic needs met in the coming years. I don't wish to discourage prospective students from applying, I just wish to shed light on this issue that the school seems to ignore. Despite this, I have been able to find a lovely community of people in Santa Cruz and have had an enriching experience learning from instructors in the Music Department. I have worked at UC Santa Cruz's radio station, KZSC Santa Cruz 88.1 FM for all four years of undergrad, and the skills I've gained within radio/media broadcast have been incredibly impactful on my career interests. Not to mention, serving the community as a radio DJ and administrative member at the radio station has opened my eyes to how valuable community radio and public media is!"
3.9 out of 5 stars
Natalie - 3/31/2019
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015
"My experience at UC Santa Cruz changed my life in many ways. Coming from a graduating high school class of 48 students, I was extremely nervous about attending a university with over 16,000 students; however, the way in which the campus is divided into several smaller colleges allowed me to gain a feeling of being part of a smaller community, while still taking advantage of the opportunities that a large scale research university provides. Through the universitys elaborate orientation week activities, I was able to make lifelong friends in the first week of being on campus. I connected with like-minded people who made me feel welcomed and comfortable far away from home, and who have remained a consistent support system in my college years, and now into post-grad life. The education I gained at UC Santa Cruz shaped me in to a critical thinker and an intellect. Through the many courses I took, I learned how to conduct research, how to work collaboratively, and how to challenge my own thoughts and ideas, as well as the ideas of my classmates. One of the most impactful experiences during my time at UC Santa Cruz was my time as a Peer Adviser in the academic advising office. My time in this role helped me find my passion in working with students and supporting them through the challenges of navigating a large-scale university. This ultimately led me to pursue a career in school counseling. My supervisor in this role has remained a mentor in my life for the past 6 years, and provided multiple opportunities for career development and communication. My time at UC Santa Cruz has provided me with a strong foundation for my professional career, and a support system that will be part of my life forever."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Natalie - 3/31/2019
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015
"My experience at UC Santa Cruz changed my life in many ways. Coming from a graduating high school class of 48 students, I was extremely nervous about attending a university with over 16,000 students; however, the way in which the campus is divided into several smaller colleges allowed me to gain a feeling of being part of a smaller community, while still taking advantage of the opportunities that a large scale research university provides. Through the universitys elaborate orientation week activities, I was able to make lifelong friends in the first week of being on campus. I connected with like-minded people who made me feel welcomed and comfortable far away from home, and who have remained a consistent support system in my college years, and now into post-grad life. The education I gained at UC Santa Cruz shaped me in to a critical thinker and an intellect. Through the many courses I took, I learned how to conduct research, how to work collaboratively, and how to challenge my own thoughts and ideas, as well as the ideas of my classmates. One of the most impactful experiences during my time at UC Santa Cruz was my time as a Peer Adviser in the academic advising office. My time in this role helped me find my passion in working with students and supporting them through the challenges of navigating a large-scale university. This ultimately led me to pursue a career in school counseling. My supervisor in this role has remained a mentor in my life for the past 6 years, and provided multiple opportunities for career development and communication. My time at UC Santa Cruz has provided me with a strong foundation for my professional career, and a support system that will be part of my life forever."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dana Padilla - 3/10/2019
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2019
"The University of California, Santa Cruz is located in one of the most beautiful locations in California. I was originally encouraged to apply because I couldn't decide if I enjoyed the beach or the forest more. The proximity to the Silicone Valley is ideal for many students interested in tech, great opportunities for internships!"