UC Santa Cruz is a highly rated public university located in Santa Cruz, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 17,082 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Santa Cruz acceptance rate is 51%. Popular majors include Psychology, Computer Science, and Sociology. Graduating 77% of students, UC Santa Cruz alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,800.
University of California - Santa Cruz Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.237 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.260 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.259 responses
Most Popular Majors
Computer Science332 Graduates
Managerial Economics259 Graduates
Cellular Biology234 Graduates
Environmental Science214 Graduates
Political Science and Government152 Graduates
Cinematography and Video Production142 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.324 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.367 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.163 responses
University of California - Santa Cruz Reviews
I loved the campus and area! Being in the Redwood forest was amazing. The campus overlooks the ocean, too. Can't beat that for a public college price tag. But typical of a public university, I did not find the professors to be very engaging to me. Even though it was a small campus at the time, some classes still had hundreds of people, and if you are not proactive to go find help, you will get lost. It's also a party school. Too many drugs, too much alcohol.
Overall, a really great atmosphere! Everyone there is eager to learn, make new experiences, and create lasting friendships. School can be challenging and some professors are difficult in comparison to others, but this campus provides you with so much outside help like MSI, LSS, etc, (a bunch of tutoring). My first year was great!
University of California Santa Cruz is a second rate university with high administration costs per student, poor housing, subrate dining halls, terrible sports teams, 200+ student classroom sizes, and professors constantly more focused on their research rather than teaching classes even during office hours. Some departments display poor leadership and inconsistencies. For a liberal campus, the administration, especially Housing Discipline, will sweep sexual assault under the rug and resort to blaming the accuser rather than conduct an internal investigation. Do not go to this school. You're better off going to a CC and transferring to a university that cares about their students enough to have a competent administration for the outrageous tuition that they charge.