University of California Santa Cruz Visit Report by jackson17
Visit to University of California Santa Cruz in September 2005 by jackson17(Student, HS Class of 2007)
(Member since November 19 2005 with 1081 posts)
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Information Session: Yes - I went for Preview Day, so it was like one big information session.
Campus Tour: No - We did our own walking around and the shuttle was running, so we could see the buildings on our own.
Classroom Visit: No - We could look inside, but school wasn't in session yet.
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Campus Visit Notes for University of California Santa Cruz
I live 45 minutes away from campus, but this was the first time I actually got to see the whole thing. Preview Day was very informative and the bookstore had a lot of banana slug merchandise. The campus is surrounded by the ocean, redwood trees, and open space, which makes it beautiful and very natural looking. The students I spoke to seemed very laidback and not at all pretentious, even though two of the business students had scored great post-graduation jobs already. Apparently the campus has lively local music (and Santa Cruz has always been a very interesting town full of performers) and a band was playing while we were there. The weather was beautiful. UCSC would be a great place for outdoorsy students. My dad is an avid mountain biker and we go on many rides that are near the college or a few miles away. There's also surfing and other beach activities in town. Overall, UCSC isn't my first choice just because it is so close to home, but it seems like a great place.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
There are several hotels along the beach by the pier which are nice (haven't stayed in one, but prom was there once).
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Ferrell's doughnuts is great on the main road into town. Pizza My Heart and Planet Fresh Burritos (on and a block away from Pacific Avenue) are great too.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a great amusement park that has a very classic, iconic wooden roller coaster. The beach is best for swimming, but surfing is available too.