University of California-Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
50%
50%
Size of Town
Small city
In-State Students
92%
Out-Of-State Students
4%
US States Represented
47
Countries Represented
50
Ethnicity
African American
2%
Asian/Pacific Islander
22%
Hispanic
28%
White
31%
Multiracial
8%
Unknown
2%
Percent of First Generation Students
37%
Student Organizations
184
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes
Cultural Student Resource Groups
Yes

Housing

0
100
51%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No
Disability Housing Available
No
0
100
98%
Freshman Living on Campus

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Banana Slug
School Colors
navy blue and gold
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable
Intramural Sports
20
Sports Club
40
Sports Team (Men)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
Sports Team (Women)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
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Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
24-HR escort safety rides
Yes
Mobile campus emergency alert
Yes

What Students Are Saying

3.99 Average Rating
Starts off great, they truly try to impress you, then it sort of starts to go down hill. It isn't terrible, but it does get a little tiring. There's a station that will always have pizza, and the panini station and salad bars are always open, others range from pastas, to indian food, a wide variety throughout the week. The latest dining hall closes at 11 (College 9 & 10)
Dana from Carson, CA
The dining hall hours can sometimes be strange, and if your particularly dining hall isn't open at the time you want to eat then you have to hike across campus to a different dining hall. Some dining halls are much better than others, and if you end up at a college with a bad dining hall you will find yourself having to hike more often than not to get a decent meal. The food is fine for a while until you get used to it, then it gets very redundant and it tends to taste worse and worse the more you eat it.
Zachary from Newport Beach, CA
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.
Erik from Santa Rosa, CA
It's pretty good! I have never been a fan of cafeteria food, but all the dining halls (besides college 8) are superb (for dining hall food). There is always one open, which is really convenient. Especially because once you learn the campus shortcuts, you are a 20 minute walk from everything.
chappy student