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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
  • Dana from Carson, CA
  • 5
  • I live in the newest dorms, so my experience may be a bit different (i've heard there's spiders in oakes lol) the rooms are decently sized, but unlike most colleges,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    The dining halls are alright, sometimes lack options in healthy food. There were instances where the salad would not be washed and have bugs. It gets kinda difficult when you have food restrictions.

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  • 5
  • Daniel from NOR-CAL
  • I am a current student here

    We have been ranked the number one vegan and vegetarian friendly campus in the nation by Peta2. Our dinning halls also have great food and 30% of all our produce comes from local organic farms. Also, our dining halls always compost, save 30,000 gallons of water a month, and produce 40% less waste than most other campuses.

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  • 2
  • Evanjelin
  • I am a current student here

    The dining hall food is really not great but there are lots of cafes and restaurants spread out through the school which have pretty good food (though you have to pay out of pocket for those).

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  • 4
  • john from san diego, ca
  • I am a current student here

    i used the 7 day meal plan and enjoyed it. there are late night cookie services that deliver hot cookies and milk to your dorm - worth every penny.

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  • 3
  • rr
  • I am a current student here

    the dining hall has its ups and downs. the cafes are way better so definitely use your flexis and get some good food whenever you can. pasta and baked goods are usually a safe bet but there will always be pizza, burgers and fries everyday somewhere on campus.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Daniel from NOR-CAL
  • I am a current student here

    Not very big on campus but what we do have is very enthusiastic, energetic, and cathartic. They form a community and actually do have a lot of fun without the outrageous hazing methods stereotypical to frats.

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  • 0
  • rr
  • I am a current student here

    not much of a greek life present

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  • 0
  • kyle
  • I am a past student here

    this is one is meh. most ucsc student's do not support greek life. there are no designated greek houses off campus. but as the years go on the students are starting to support greek life more and more. parties are more laid back at ucsc, definitely not ucsb level for sure. but if that is your thing then you will have to go off campus to find those.

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  • 0
  • Dana from Carson, CA
  • I am a current student here

    I haven't been very involved any greek life, so don't take my word on all of this! but there isn't much of it, majority of greek houses are off campus. There are lots of options to join so many different ones!!

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    There are some frats and soroities but they do not rule the school or anything like that.

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