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UC Santa Cruz is a public graduate school in Santa Cruz, California. It has a mid-size graduate student body with an enrollment of 1,880 graduate students. The 35 graduate programs at University of California - Santa Cruz are all on-campus only and none are offered online. The most popular graduate school programs at University of California - Santa Cruz are Education Research and Evaluation, Economics, and Computer Science. 4% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

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Overall, I think the best aspects Santa Cruz has to offer is the beauty of its campus and its location overall. The campus is surrounded by nature and almost anywhere you walk, there is something beautiful to look at. There are a lot of resources offered to help students with academics and tutoring is free so there are a lot of ways to help you succeed. Local wise, there are a lot of locally owned businesses and venues so there are hidden gems in downtown. Dorms/ housing is alright if you are paired with the right people.
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I earned my bachelor's degree in computer engineering from UC Santa Cruz this last summer, and now I am in the computer engineering masters program. I think that many people don't hold UCSC in very high regard, but I think that will change very soon as the university has been getting serious about boosting all of its academic programs in recent years. I think that our engineering programs/courses are all excellent hands on learning experiences with real world applications. The campus is also beautiful; it sits in the middle of a redwood forest with plenty of hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking opportunities, and it is a 10 minute drive away from some of the best surfing spots in the world.
Beautiful campus means lots of access to the outdoors. There's also a wide range of viewpoints and campus culture is really unique! Go Slugs!