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University of California at Santa Cruz

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Well worth the drive

Not a typical college campus. With ranch ruins, ocean vistas, redwood groves, and buildings... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Edmonton, Canada
Great campus

Very beautiful campus full of wildlife and unique students. Parking sucks though and getting around... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
Cynthia G
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The Santa Cruz campus offers an attractive blend of notable architecture and panoramic views.
1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1099
+1 831-459-0111
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 December 2014

Breathing views from the college campus that feels like a National Park! You can hike through redwood forests and look down upon the scenic Monterey Bay. All for the cost if parking your car. Or bike, walk or ride the city metro bus onto campus....More

3  Thank stuftbear
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 January 2017

UCSC is a bastion of Left wing indoctrination. There is also a pall of anti- Israel and anti-Semitic activity on campus. The faculty and administration are far too politicized to deliver a valuable and well rounded education and students are discouraged from open minded investigation...More

3  Thank markX2226KH
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Not a typical college campus. With ranch ruins, ocean vistas, redwood groves, and buildings scattered around built in a brutalism style, this place is worth a stroll.

Thank RonB473
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Very beautiful campus full of wildlife and unique students. Parking sucks though and getting around is hard, but makes you appreciate trees more

Thank Cynthia G
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Why is it the Most California UC in California? Let's break it down: 1. In a redwood forest, 2. Five miles from the beach, 3. No football team, but 4. Home to the Grateful Dead archive. Boom My daughter is attending UCSC in the fall...More

Thank CaNative07
Reviewed 19 July 2018

I ride my bike up to the UCSC and it's a beautiful campus- too bad theytore down a lot of forest and sealed the caves up- it's a good place for education

Thank WillS1706
Reviewed 10 July 2018

The campus is situated in the redwood forest which has great fresh air. The down side is that dorm move-ins are all uphill and the parking is some distance from the dorms. The dorms are well-maintained, but dated. Santa Cruz (city) is a bus ride...More

Thank oaktree2015
Reviewed 26 June 2018

I drove here the first time and honestly couldn't see anything. The last time I parked and took the paths though the campus and ate at the student cafeteria. Great woodsy atmosphere and the staff were treating the students well at the Cafe and in...More

Thank Nina961
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Our nephew graduated from Santa Cruz in June 2018. We were able to walk around the campus and enjoy all the beautiful Redwood trees. The buildings are nestled in the landscape without being an eye sore. The college was built with keeping the natural surroundings...More

Thank LMotto
Reviewed 4 June 2018

I graduated from here many years ago and still live in Santa Cruz. As a guest or a student here, you are fortunate for every hour or every day that you get to spend in this wonderful place. A jewel on this earth.

2  Thank abrams227ba
Reviewed 3 June 2018

If you are touring colleges with a perspective student, you will enjoy UCSC! Set in the redwoods up on the hills, the views looking down to the town are absolutely spectacular. There is A LOT of walking on the tour and parking is tricky so...More

Thank misopiso88
Reviewed 13 May 2018

I have been to many of these performances as my daughter is in this ensemble. Beautiful music in a great environment. Well worth the time and very affordable.

Thank Jones K
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