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University of California-Santa Cruz Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 474 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 10 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men


NCAA Division III (without football)

Division III Independents

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $59,394)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $56,617)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Basketball 16 16 - Yes
Golf - 5 - -
Soccer 26 31 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving 32 35 Yes -
Tennis 16 12 - -
Track and Field, X-Country - 21 Yes -
Volleyball 19 16 - Yes
All Track Combined - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Baseball - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Softball - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 20.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.5%
Hispanic 16.8%
Non-resident alien 1.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 10.8%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 47.2%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 4
Drug Law Violation 2
Liquor Law Violation 2
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 44
Reviews Dorm Life
  • chappy student
  • 5
  • Fantastic! My dorm-mates and I are still all best friends. Students at UCSC are affiliated with one of ten colleges. Freshman are required to take a course that's theme is…

  • Jun-30-2012 Read More
  • Devin from Sacramento, CA
  • 4
  • Definitely live in dorms for your first year. If you're lucky, your roommates, hallmates, and housemates will become your family. Each college on the UCSC campus have different…

  • Feb-28-2014 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • J from Yuba City, CA
  • Sep-20-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Food is wonderful from everything hear and read. Tons of options!

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  • 3
  • Erik from Santa Rosa, CA
  • Sep-09-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is very hit-and-miss. The breakfast they had was always amazing in the early morning, they would make smoothies and omelettes. They were delicious. Unfortunately, after around 9 all they served until 1 in the afternoon was wet eggs, dry bacon, and gross buttermilk pancakes. On the upside, they always had a sandwich bar set up so you could always make yourself a sandwich. They also gave out unlimited free tea and drinks. It was very nice to be able to go to the dining hall in the middle of the day, grab a cup of tea and some yogurt and do homework. There's also several dining halls, so if you dont like one, you can move around. From what I understand, the cooks change shifts at each hall every once in a while, though.

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  • 4
  • cameron
  • Apr-18-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    From what I heard, UCSC's dining hall has been rated as one of the best in the country. I didn't get the chance to eat there myself when I was on campus, so I can't say a lot.

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  • 4
  • David
  • Apr-10-2015 I am a current student here

    I really like the food at the dining halls. There are some days where the food is just terrible, and I just eat a salad. However, the location for the nearest dining hall from my dorm is just terrible. It's quite a walk (5minutes). UCSC likes to be known as a green school hence a ton of organic and salad options. That is just amazing since I heard some schools like UCI or UCR have very little vegetable options. The only downside I have is the constant burger and pizza options. They really dont change them. However, Cowell dining hall is known for having a huge variety of food compared to College Eight dining hall.

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  • 4
  • Adel from Soquel, CA
  • Dec-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is one of the remarkable things about UC Santa Cruz. You have lots of options to choose from. There are several dinning halls on campus which they offer totally different kinds of food.

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  • 3
  • MAIPALUKU from Rio Linda, CA
  • Dec-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Not surprising, the food can get a bit boring. The dining halls are all restaurant style and all serve the same kind of food. When it comes to variety there's much to choose from but when it comes to diversity, it's usually the same kind of food every week. For the most part the food is healthy.

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  • 3
  • Anna from El Cerrito, CA
  • Dec-21-2014 I am a current student here

    Meh. You won't starve to death, but food is always either great or just meh. You can tell when the dining hall staff is feeling lazy if the pasta/taco/whatever bar makes its appearance again (and let me warn you, you will see it VERY OFTEN). Cowell always has the best food, in my opinion, but even they get lazy sometimes, and if you're not from Cowell it can be difficult to get your legs to walk all the way over there so you just give up and eat at your dining hall. Also, MEATLESS MONDAYS, but they can be good sometimes so don't give up yet!

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  • 3
  • Natalie from Hawthorne, CA
  • Sep-01-2014 I am a current student here

    There are ten colleges within the UCSC campus, and there are five dining halls. Each dining hall has different cooks, therefore the food will be different at each, and the food overall can get repetitive. The dining halls cater to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diets, and provide organic options on 'farm fresh' fridays and 'meatless mondays' with vegetarian options. Beware, some dining halls are better than others, they have healthier and more varied options, my personal favorite is Cowell-Stevenson.

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  • 4
  • Kindness from Oakland, CA
  • Aug-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Of course everyone gets tired of dining hall food but this school has good food. There is lots of variety and student can go to any college to eat on campus so you're not eating the same food.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Carson from Redwood City, CA
  • Apr-22-2015 I am a current student here

    Tends to be small but for those who do get attracted to Greek life, some of it is pretty intense. From a person in my hall, I heard the initiations and requirements are intense as well as expensive (paying dues).

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  • 0
  • David
  • Apr-10-2015 I am a current student here

    They are absolutely invisible compared to big Greek schools. UCSC has a policy that stops any greek group from owning a property on campus. Also, any parties are shut down pretty quick by the police department in Santa Cruz. Small parties with about 20 people tend to happen, but that's about it.

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  • 0
  • Anna from El Cerrito, CA
  • Dec-21-2014 I am a current student here

    I don't have to much to say about the Greek life here since I'm not involved in it, but from what I've heard they seem great if you want to make connections early and have a supportive group.

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  • 0
  • Yosselin from San Jose, CA
  • Jun-12-2014 I am a current student here

    A lot of fraternities and sororities if you are in to that but they do not live on campus or have there own houses.

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  • 0
  • Anon
  • May-18-2014 I am a current student here

    I don't know much about this, it's not huge here like it is at UCSB or somewhere.

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  • 0
  • Cynthia from Sanjose, CA
  • Mar-05-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is present on campus but is not very prominent nor popular. Known for putting on a lot of fundraisers.

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  • 0
  • Devin from Sacramento, CA
  • Feb-28-2014 I am a current student here

    There is greek life, but I wouldn't say it is excessive or even all that popular. The fraternity and sorority houses are off campus, and there is no pressure to join if you aren't interested. There are plenty of students on campus who do not partake in greek life.

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