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University of California - Santa Cruz Campus Life

Housing

Dorms
grade C minus
Based on housing cost, capacity, student reviews and additional factors.
On-Campus Housing Available
Yes
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus
No
Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Undergrads in College Housing
53%
Average Housing Cost
No data available  
Poll
66%
of students say overall dorm quality is great. 196 responses
Poll
67%
of students say the dorms' social atmosphere is great. 360 responses

Food

Campus Food
grade B minus
Based on meal plan cost and student reviews on the food.
Meal Plan Available
Yes
Average Meal Plan Cost
No data available  
Poll
What are the best food options on campus?
Based on 566 responses
  • Cafes around campus
    22%
  • Cowell/Stevenson
    12%
  • Nine/ten dining hall
    11%
  • Different dinning halls
    8%
  • Oakes and college eight dining hall
    8%
  • Pizza
    8%
  • Owl's Nest
    8%
61%
of students highly rate the dining facilities. 234 responses

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Campus Quality

Campus
grade B
Based on quality of housing, food services, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Life
grade B minus
Based on campus diversity, social scene, student reviews, and additional factors.
Poll
What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?
Based on 198 responses
  • I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
    31%
  • I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
    59%
  • The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
    8%
  • I hate my school and have no school spirit.
    3%

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Safety

Safety
grade C+
Based on crimes on campus, local area crime rates, and student reviews.
Poll
80%
of students say they feel extremely safe and secure on campus. 259 responses
Poll
How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?
Based on 168 responses
  • You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
    35%
  • Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
    55%
  • You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
    7%
  • If you don't partake, you're left out.
    4%
Poll
How visible are the campus police on campus?
Based on 207 responses
  • Extremely present and willing to assist students.
    10%
  • There if you need them but not overbearing.
    52%
  • Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
    21%
  • Not very visible.
    14%
  • We have campus police?
    3%

Sports

Poll
How popular are varsity sports on campus?
Based on 377 responses
  • Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
    1%
  • Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
    3%
  • Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
    50%
  • No one pays attention to varsity sports.
    46%
Men's Varsity Sports
All Track Combined, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball
Women's Varsity Sports
All Track Combined, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball

Clubs & Activities

Clubs Offered
Campus Ministries, Dance, Drama/Theater, International Student Organizations, Model UN, Radio Station, Student Government, Newspaper, Film Society, Television Station
Music
Choral Groups, Jazz Band, Music Ensembles, Musical Theater, Opera, Symphony Orchestra
Poll
What are your favorite campus events or traditions?
Based on 246 responses
  • First Rain
    21%
  • Halloween
    15%
  • Multicultural Festival
    15%
  • 4/20
    11%
  • Banana slug kiss
    9%
  • Rush Week
    7%
  • Greet Week
    6%

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Party Scene

Party Scene
grade B
Based on access to bars and student reviews on the party scene.
Poll
What is the party scene like on campus?
Based on 229 responses
  • Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
    3%
  • Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
    20%
  • Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
    34%
  • Good parties are few and far between.
    25%
  • Parties? What parties?
    17%
Poll
What is the biggest party event of the year?
Based on 140 responses
  • 4/20
    46%
  • They all have their perks
    21%
  • First Rain
    19%
  • Holi Festival
    8%
  • EDGE OF EDEN
    1%
  • Student Strikes
    1%
  • april
    1%

Greek Life

Men in Fraternities
4%
Women in Sororities
8%
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene. 334 responses

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