I was accepted into computer science at UCSC. I basically applied to all UCs and was accepted at UCM and UCR. I was denied at UCD, UCSD and have not heard from UCI. Frankly, my hopes are not high for UCI or UCSB after seeing how tough and unpredictable UC admissions have been this year. I had considered UCSC, UCM and UCR to be safety schools and honestly thought I would get admission to UCD or UCI. I also got into UIUC and UW.
Many of my friends who only applied to the higher ranked UCs have literally no acceptances. They are stunned. At this point I feel grateful to have a spot at UCSC. However, I find that no one even talks about UCSC that much and it does not seem to be that recognized. Am I wrong? To give some background, I live in the bay area just 45 minutes from UCSC but hardly anyone in my school even had UCSC on their radar or would have considered going there in the past. The only students who went there were those who could not get into any other UC or private and did not want to go to community college. I am not putting down UCSC. I am just being honest in the perception of UCSC in my circle of friends.
Is UCSC perceived higher from other parts of the country or state? I know it is not a high ranked UC but it is not that low either.
I have not visited UCSC in person yet, but obviously plan to. I want to feel good about where I go and be proud. I also don’t want to pay so much money on a UC degree that is looked on as being inferior by others and future employers.
Am I overthinking this too much and is UCSC a decent college? Would like to hear some thoughts on this.