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University of California at Santa Cruz

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Address: 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone Number: 831-459-0111
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The Santa Cruz campus offers an attractive blend of notable architecture...
The Santa Cruz campus offers an attractive blend of notable architecture and panoramic views.
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My daughter attends this university. Great place, great location and great service. The library is great, the sport facilities are gorgeous and also the self service restaurant is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Scandicci
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100 reviews 100 reviews
12 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My daughter attends this university. Great place, great location and great service. The library is great, the sport facilities are gorgeous and also the self service restaurant is great for value

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New York
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132 reviews 132 reviews
55 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Worth a visit if you're considering colleges and in the area--altho you may have a hard time leaving--this is one of the world's most beautiful campuses. Its grown alot since the old days but still inspiring.

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Culver City, California
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128 reviews 128 reviews
44 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

If i had gone here I would never have left. And that is the city of Santa Cruz. Since the campus opened I would guess 20 % of the students have stayed and why not. This is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen. And it has an incredible faculty and reputation.

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Berkeley, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

OK, I graduated from "Uncle Charlie's Summer Camp" a l-o-n-g time ago, and came back to celebrate its 50th Anniversary during Alumni Weekend. While it has grown (and changed) since then, it remains one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. It's worth visiting, even if you're not interested in it as a university, just to walk through... More 

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DC Region
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

There are few more beautiful locations for a campus than UCSC. The architecture is varied, occasionally inspired, sometimes banal but the combination of sweeping views of the Monterey Bay, sunny meadows and Redwood groves is spectacular. Its also a pretty good University

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Upland, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I loved the redwood forest setting. The Grateful Dead archive in the library is totally unique. There is bus service all over campus because parking is almost non-existent and it is a long walk to get anywhere. Most "undeveloped" campus in the entire UC system. Definitely worth a visit. Go to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center down at the Beach... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Worth the drive up High St. and into the campus on a sunny day for a view of the entire Monterey Bay. But beyond the view, the campus is pretty amazing. It is the most "un-campuslike" campus I have ever seen. Winding roads, up and down hills; buildings nestled in the redwoods...it's pretty cool.

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Vancouver, Washington
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120 reviews 120 reviews
46 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

When you think of a college in a surfer town, this is not what comes to mind. Inside, you drive up a long winding drive, through open meadows and then into a thickly forested area. The university is not laid out like a traditional college with a central square and stately brick buildings. instead the various colleges are tucked amongst... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Why not drop by and show the kiddies the campus? We did! The campus was alive-students walking through the woods to get to class, and riding on the campus bus. My kids even saw the Greeks out doing their thing, left my kids wondering if they'd have to learn Greek in college😂Funny! They even made a connection with Monsters University.... More 

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Fremont, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

UC Santa Cruz is a nice college in the forest. For many that is a draw to go to school in a quiet peaceful college close to the ocean and surfing. It has a nice arboretum. The college has good activities. In terms of the University of California campuses it is a "lesser" campus. It is not world leader like... More 

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