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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3.0 out of 5 stars
Larry Hinojos - 10/4/2018
Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018
"Very versatile, if unspecialized, program that teaches the foundation of many skills used in the field. Compared to similar majors, the curriculum is rigorous and provides a comparable education in biology to a dedicated major while at the same time going further in depth into ideas specific for bioengineers, such as bioinformatics and genomics. The wide variety of elective courses and choice of three concentrations (bioelectronics, biomolecular, assistive motor technologies) within the major allow students to choose what fields they wish to specialize in."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Michael Jurkovic - 4/12/2018
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2008
"Santa Cruz provided me with a top-notch education. I was a dual major in History and Language Studies. The history program is not ranked as highly as it should be. I studied with some very influential and important historians such as the Soviet scholar Peter Kenez and the French History scholar Jonathan Beecher. Professor Kenez is a true inspiration and comes from a famous lineage of scholars; Peter's work, especially his work on the cinema of the Soviet Union, is highly regarded and is part of the curriculum at many universities. The Santa Cruz history department (and all of the UC history departments) consistently rank in the top 75, with many in the top 50. In addition to this, I had the privilege of studying Language Studies, a special program based out of the Linguistics program. The linguistics major at Santa Cruz is consistently ranked as top 10 in graduate and undergraduate studies and it is with good reason. In that department, I was able to study with language superstars such as Jorge Hankamer (who saved the department when it was threatened by the budget cuts of the late 1970s and early 1980s) and the very famous and influential Geoffrey Pullum who now teaches at the University of Edinburgh and has created some of the definitive works on the English language. Unfortunately, all those professors are emeritus. Nonetheless, they have been replaced by young, vibrant scholars who making wonderful contributions to the field. While academics are important, the UC Santa Cruz campus also offers extraordinary beauty and the opportunity to hike to class. Among my favorite memories are seeing people in suits walk through the forest parts of the campus. The campus is secluded from the town, offering a cozy atmosphere that encourages studying. The college system is an integral part of that campus, and it is unfortunate and to the detriment of its future students that the campus is being homogenized. The "keep Santa Cruz weird" ethos should also apply to the university. Though the campus is tucked away from the city, the city itself offers many wonderful sites, including the world famous boardwalk. I am a proud alumnus of the University of California at Santa Cruz and highly recommend it to everyone, for its academics and overall atmosphere."
5.0 out of 5 stars
John A - 3/27/2018
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014
"As a community college transfer student, I was very nervous about entering a 4 year university. I was even more nervous due to the fact that it was a University of California, which was highly regarded. From the first meeting with academic counselors to the professors, I realized I had nothing to be nervous about. UCSC has a very organized and passionate counselors that are there to help you with your education goals. They will take time and review all your courses, and perspective courses. Research was very important for me, I heard from many students at other university that joining a research group was nearly impossible due to how competitive it was. At UCSC, I did not have this issue. After the first year of studying I was able to be a research assistant for an incredible professor. This helped me in my future education goals applying to medical school. I studied cognitive science, which was a relatively new field of study. All my professors were very passionate about teaching, and went out of there way to help students. If you have an interest in research for your degree mostly related to psychology and cognitive science, UCSC is a great match for you."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Juliaj45 - 3/17/2018
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"The University of California, Santa Cruz was a great college with a beautiful and scenic campus. However one thing to consider is that the cost of living is very expensive and transportation can be tough. I chose Santa Cruz because they had a unique politics program that I really enjoyed. They had great professors and many different kinds of classes in a lot of areas. I highly recommend it but beware of the price tag."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Waseem - 12/29/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2012
"UC Santa Cruz is a top public school especially in the science fields. Science students can easily take advantage of the collaborative atmosphere and get involved in labs, research, and other extracurricular activities that can build experience and bolster you resume. I was able to get into a top medical school and the transition from undergraduate studies to medical school was easy. UCSC is a great school for anyone looking for a laid back college experience in a beautiful place, but that is also affordable and high quality."
4.7 out of 5 stars
E.G.R. - 6/15/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Overall, I enjoyed getting to know my professors. Those teaching in the biological sciences are very kind, open to questions, and make sure that you understand the concepts. There was an abundance of resources available all throughout campus. In addition, whenever you need a break from your studies, you are very lucky to be located in an ideal area--full of hiking trails, beaches, the boardwalk, and a lively downtown area!"
4.0 out of 5 stars
Riley O'Donnell - 3/11/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"UCSC is an incredible school, with arguably one of the most gorgeous campuses in the nation. The university is full of students who are accepting, genuine, different, and openminded in a way I have not experienced anywhere else. It's enlightening and inspiring. The professors are kind, intelligent and passionate - though some courses do implement a lot of work that may be daunting at times. There are, however, many resources on campus to help with that, such as tutoring, study sessions, library floors dedicated to discussion, and more. The quarter system is not easy, but that is to our benefit! It's challenging in a good way: it sets you up to succeed later in life. Isn't that what we're all looking for? Go banana slugs!"
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tiffany Thang - 3/7/2017
Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2017
"The Bioengineering program at UCSC is unique due to the many concentrations available for undergraduate students to study under. My concentration is Assistive Technology (Cognitive/Perceptual) and allows me to combine my interests in computer engineering with cognitive science to help individuals with special needs. I take programming courses in C++, Java, and iOS languages, as well as courses on cognitive neuroscience and human learning and memory. UCSC has also given me the opportunity to be a part of a lab, where I apply this knowledge to developing applications and games aimed at assisting individuals with special needs in strengthening emotion recognition."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Anjuli - 3/5/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I enjoyed the University's approach in welcoming new students and the various orientations provided. Monthly newsletters also provided great information of upcoming dates and events in the next quarter. As a Biology major, many courses revolved around Ecology and Evolution. The University had sections of the campus preserved for wildlife and exploring those parts of campus for the Biology courses. The campus is focused on Bio research, where they are focusing on the Human Genome Project. Students are able to work with professors in labs as well. Overall, UC Santa Cruz is a great experience."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vanessa - 2/27/2017
Degree: Legal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013
"UC Santa Cruz is a place that pushed me to elevate my intentions as a student. The professors pushed me to learn more and enhance my research which allowed me to produce better quality work, even after graduation. Although the UC system is set up as a research school, it gave me the opportunity to dive into the subject matter. Also, the amount of clubs on campus allowed for the campus to be more comfortable."