University of California-Santa Cruz Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (25)
UCSC is a great learning institution. The campus itself is beautiful, right there by the beach and conducive to learning. The professors are engaging, knowledgeable and committed to their field of study. There are always events, workshops, lectures, forums, etc. happening on campus. It is not hard to find services if you need help. This is definitely a "walking" or if your adventurous, a biking campus. The town of Santa Cruz is vibrant and full of energy and there is always something to do in the area.
Great experience. UCSC was an amazing school and an amazing campus. Some of the highest quality teachers I've ever had. I only applied to UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. I didn't get into Berkeley and couldn't be happier that I didn't!
The Jack Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz is a top-notch tech school. The professors have worked in the tech industry for years and know their stuff, and divulge in trade secrets every so often. Besides the School of Engineering, the rest of the campus is in a beautiful location, and the atmosphere is very laid back.
Overall a strong program. You have to take the initiative to reach out to teachers and seek opportunities that will further your skill sets and experience level, but if you do, they are ample! Sometimes class sizes can be large, especially in lower-division classes, but as you get to upper division courses, they slim down. The professors in economics are doing really interesting research and if you are able, it would be a good idea to talk to them about helping as a research assistant in your 3rd or 4th year if you want to go to graduate school.
The UC System is increasingly expensive and I will be paying back loans for many years. That said, the classes offered at UCSC were overall excellent. I thought that the History department should require a more narrow focus of study - but the faculty, classes, discussions, etc. were great. The faculty and school is definitely left-leaning but presents many perspectives and offers a free and open exchange of ideas.
UCSC was an interesting college experience. If you are liberal, environmentally conscious, or what people would think of as a hippy then it is a very inviting and welcoming place. Not to say that other types of people won't fit in there but Santa Cruz thrives on being in your face about environmentalism and liberal politics. That said their science programs are excellent and overall they offer a wide variety of degrees. The student demographic is a lot of kids from wealthy families and the town itself is not cheap. On the other hand the campus is one of the most naturally beautiful schools I have ever visited. Living on campus you wake up surrounded by the redwoods. Sports and the Greek life is pretty minor at the school so if you want the classic college experience its probably not the place for you. But if you like hiking, surfing, or just being surrounded by nature it is a beautiful place.
it was fun and relaxed, not as frantic or stressful as other bay area colleges.
It was an amazing experience i would definitly recommend it
I LOVED UCSC. It was my first taste of true independence, I found my voice and became a much stronger person. UCSC has a beautiful campus, my dining hall was brand new so the food was on point, my dorm room was new and big (College 9) and College 9 and 10 were about diversity and international studies so I wasn't the only brown face there. But it wasn't perfect. I had to deal with a lot of racial/sexual micro-aggression, outright racism/sexism, and general stupidity. I think you will find that in all colleges as a person of color. But I wouldn't trade the friends I made, the professors I connected with, the things I learned in/out the classroom, the random people I met or the places I explored for anything. I can't speak for UCSC now, but then, it was well worth it. I would also recommend, if it still exists, that people of color participate in Rainbow Theater. Very culturally diverse theater troupe where plays were done around PoC stories. A lot of fun and, considering your classes will be predominantly white, a welcome chance to talk about your own experiences in a safe space.
Great college. Excellent programs and culture.