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“The 2nd Largest UC Campus”

University of California at Santa Cruz
Ranked #9 of 82 things to do in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Santa Cruz campus offers an attractive blend of notable architecture and panoramic views.
Los Angeles, California
1 review
“The 2nd Largest UC Campus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

UC Santa Cruz is a great destination for explorers! If your passion lies within academics or nature, you will be sure to find it in the Santa Cruz foothills.

I recommend devoting the whole day to see what the campus and it's surroundings have to offer. The campus is friendly to visitors by day, but campus security officers make their rounds during the night.

Most SC Metro busses will get you to UCSC for a cash-fee, or catch a campus bus (fee-free) that run within and around the perimeter of the campus.

Visited July 2013
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“More Signs Would Be Nice”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

This rating is strictly for UCSC as an "attraction." If you've never been there and decide to visit on a whim like we did, make sure you have a map. We thought there would be more signs or campus maps. Somehow we ended up lost in the forest, mostly without cellphone reception. After an hour and a half of winding roads and lots of beautiful scenery, we found ourselves in Los Gatos... I later learned my sister and her daughter got lost in the forest on campus when they visited, too.

Visited August 2013
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Glendora, California
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“Beautiful Campus in the Forest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

Our top priority in coming to Santa Cruz was to visit the UC campus for my daughter. I arrived early and decided to drive through the campus, but I thought I made a wrong turn when I entered the forest. After driving a short distance, we drove through some of the many colleges comprising the university. It is a beautiful campus surrounded by towering redwood trees. We drove back to the admissions office to sign in for a tour. The tours were all booked for the day, but they were able to accommodate us. The tour started with a discussion in the admissions building. Afterwards, we boarded a bus for a drive though all the colleges, stopping occasionally to see a dorm room, library, and other university buildings. If you have never been to UCSC, it is highly recommended to take the tour.

Visited July 2013
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“Nice drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

Scenic. If the book store is open there is parking and food. The campus is located within the trees has paths connecting the colleges.

Visited July 2013
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Malibu, California, United States
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“Lovely campus, nestled in the redwoods.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

Good for a few hour's visit, plus you may be able to catch a live performance, watch a sporting event or visit the arboretum. We enjoyed our time on campus and I'll bet you will as well.

Visited August 2013
Thank Thomas S
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