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
Find an Online Degree:
GradReports is supported by advertising. Schools that compensate us advertise via school search results. This does not influence our college rankings or our content.

Browse Reviews by Popular Programs

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/13/2015
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/5/2015
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2010
"it was fun and relaxed, not as frantic or stressful as other bay area colleges."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/5/2015
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2012
"It was an amazing experience i would definitly recommend it"
3.3 out of 5 stars
Lia - 9/1/2015
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2006
"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."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 8/4/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2008
"Great college. Excellent programs and culture."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/27/2015
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2012
"It was an amazing experience. It broadened my horizons by forcing me into a new environment with no familiar faces; I grew so much as a person because of it. I also gained a far deeper understanding of my field through my major."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Bernard - 7/13/2015
Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2015
"UCSC is a breathtakingly beautiful campus with ocean views and redwood forests. The teachers are very personable. It is very LGBT friendly."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Talia L. - 9/2/2014
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2016
"If you take the initiative to go to class, do the work, and reach out to teachers and TA’s, you will have a rich and positive learning experience at this school. The Economics department does a good job of balancing the traditional economic education with a progressive and real-time look at the ever changing economic landscape. My main criticism would be that because of the broad nature of a subject like economics, some of the professors and TA’s will have a limited perspective, based upon their own work and career."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Stephanie - 9/1/2014
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"UC Santa Cruz offers a wide range of courses, approachable faculty, and unforgettable experiences."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Chelsea Kane - 7/29/2014
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2014
"As an Economics major, I had many large classes and felt it was difficult to get to know the professors. I had a couple excellent professors whom I really respected for both their enthusiasm for the course as well as their challenging tests. The campus does make an effort to help students in their classes through Sections and MSI tutoring. These were very helpful resources. I chose to following the Accounting emphasis program at UCSC because the Big Firms recruited very heavily from the campus. Through this decision, I was able to secure an internship and eventually a job with one of the Big Four accounting firms."