Recent Alumnus 2013-12-06T01:03:51Z
Guys & Girls:
Style changes on a per-college basis. Porter and Kresge are a haven for hippy, artsy, literary kids, while the newer colleges tend to attract more image-conscious folks. Hardbodies hang at the UCSC gym.
Recent Alumnus 2013-12-06T01:00:13Z
Santa Cruz is beautiful. You can hop on the bus and head to the beach in the summer, go for a hike through the woods, or head downtown for coffee and carousing. But Santa Cruz is also small. If you're used to the high-fashion districts of San Francisco and Los Angeles, or need the press of big crowds to feel alive, the city's single "main" street probably won't do much for you. If you're a surfer or backpacker in need of a B.A.—welcome to paradise.
Recent Alumnus 2013-12-06T00:55:45Z
It's cheaper to live off-campus than on, but you will have to bus or bike to class. UCSC is positioned on a very steep hill (it's "The City on a Hill"), which makes walking from your apartment a non-option.
Recent Alumnus 2013-12-06T00:52:26Z
What qualifies as a "party"? There are plenty of opportunities to drink, drop acid, blow coke, whatever. Like anywhere else, it's all about who you know. Just don't expect any frat parties.
Recent Alumnus 2013-12-06T00:49:53Z
Buses are reliable, but you'll love the campus a hundred times more if you walk. I still miss those early morning walks through the Redwoods.
Recent Alumnus 2013-12-06T00:46:37Z
I have nothing bad to say about Santa Cruz weather. With the beach on one side and the Redwoods on the other, how can anyone complain?
Recent Alumnus 2013-12-06T00:45:56Z
While UCSC isn't the most racially diverse campus, it does strive to be inclusive. Feminist and LGBT movements are strong, and most liberal folks will feel at home. Expect to see many protests over your four-year career.
Recent Alumnus 2013-12-06T00:36:52Z
Health & Safety:
The campus felt extremely safe to me, and I even used to hitchhike from campus to downtown—although I wouldn't recommend it. The health center was another story. They misdiagnosed my pityriasis rosea, refused to prescribe me cough syrup during a serious bout of sore throat, and otherwise treated me like I was trying to scam them for drugs. Go off-campus instead. There are plenty of doctors just a bus ride away.
College Freshman 2013-11-27T00:09:11Z
I honestly never heard of UCSC when I applied, and I was bummed that my dream school rejected me.
But since i've been here, I absolutely love it.
I love the people I met, the quarter system, the food choices, the atmosphere, the beach, and the city.
College Freshman 2013-11-27T00:06:52Z
It was more my fault than the schools fault that I got financial Aid and Loans late because I had no idea what I was doing.
if you have a question just call them or go to the office and they give you step by step directions on what to do, it's pretty great.
College Freshman 2013-11-27T00:05:43Z
UC Santa Cruz is not famous for it's sports.
The ultimate Frisbee team is what I hear most about.
College Freshman 2013-11-27T00:04:32Z
The atmosphere here is what I love the most!
Immediately, you feel this laid back vibe, which compared to the city is so refreshing.
Santa Cruz is literally the surfer town the songs are about.
College Freshman 2013-11-27T00:02:57Z
Guys & Girls:
It's average, you can find cute girls, and ugly girls, and cute guys, and ugly guys.
Generally, everyone is pretty nice and friendly.
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:59:36Z
Parking spots and availability are fine.
However the permits to park on campus are so expensive.
And sometimes they give you a parking spot at a different dorm.
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:57:17Z
I have not met anyone and I do not live off-campus
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:56:26Z
It all depends which college you're in because each dorm is different. From what i've seen all dorm rooms are great, if anything needs to be fixed they will come right away.
My floor is extremely social and we always go "mobbing" together.
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:54:42Z
Health & Safety:
The problem with the beautiful campus with lots of trees, is that at night it gets dark.
Walking alone can feel pretty sketchy but I have never witnessed someone that I felt was harmful when walking back to my dorm.
I always carry a flashlight with me at night.
Also, in the beginning of the year a girl at my college almost got kidnapped so my school hired security right away as safety precaution, because our dorms don't have locks due to construction.
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:51:58Z
Every dorm gets ethernet and wi-fi.
You can find Wi-Fi basically all over campus.
There are tons of computer labs all over campus and the library has its own computer section.
Most places charge per page of printing, but my college offers a free printing room.
Laptops are necessary because it is more convenient than going to a computer lab to work on something or print.
So far, none of my classes required it and I've been taking a binder for class notes.
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:48:43Z
I'm from SoCal so the weather is a bit more chilly than Im accustomed to, but i did adjust pretty quickly
and once you adjust to it it's pretty awesome. I haven't experienced "bad weather" just normal seasonal weather.
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:47:33Z
I haven't taken any classes for my major yet.
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:47:33Z
I love how the classes don't tend to be longer than 2 hours.
Although I am a freshman I had no difficulty getting the classes I needed.
Also the workload is less than from High School, perhaps because I had a lot of AP Classes.
Some professors are very boring during lecture, but that;s expected in every school honestly.
They also use TAs pretty effectively.
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:45:12Z
This school is more famous for being laid back than its party scene, however you can find a party or kickback every weekend if you know the right people.
Most get raided but it's expected, and its only when there's a noise complaint or it gets out of hand.
College Freshman 2013-11-26T23:42:56Z
The buses come regularly, and the West Core Buses take you closer to the Dorms at night which I view as safer than the regular buses.
The city buses are free with our student ID and the ones that go on campus take us to the Metro Station so we can explore downtown or find other buses to go somewhere else.
However, the restriction of Freshman and Sophmores not allowed to have cars is a bit of a drag.
And, if we do have our car on campus the parking permit is so expensive, UCSC is one of the most expensive schools to live at and they still wants $300 per quarter to avoid a ticket.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-20T07:06:03Z
lots of stuff to do
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T15:39:12Z
Very quiet and non social not a lot of things going on
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