a current student here
Once again, depends on the classes you take. Don't pay 30K to come here and take crappy art classes because art isn't even a great major here. I'm not dissing the art department, but honestly if you are serious about art I don't recommend taking the art classes here. If you haven't decided what you want to major in yet, like me in my first year, take the good classes (although enroll fast b/c those classes are always full) that UCSC is known for! For example, astrophysics, psychology, biology, game design, etc. Also, GEs are an excellent way to get started.