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“Beautiful Campus” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of University of California at Santa Cruz

University of California at Santa Cruz
Ranked #9 of 80 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.
Newport Beach, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful Campus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

The campus at UCSC is the most beautiful of all the UC's. Built around a wilderness area, deer, racoons, squirrels and other woodsy animal share the campus with the students. The views from around campus are breathtaking. Students wander through redwood forest trails and meadows with deer grazing to classes. The gym and athletic fields look over the entire Monterey Bay. A great school for higher education in a great setting.

Visited February 2014
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Sammamish, Washington
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“College Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

Beautiful, prototypical Northern California campus. We went looking at schools for our high school junior.

Visited February 2014
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Santa Cruz, California
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“One of the most beautiful college campuses in the US”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

The UCSC campus is set in one of the most beautiful locations of any campus in the US. Between the (second/third-growth) redwood forests among which the academic buildings are nestled and the expansive views of Monterey Bay from the lower part of campus, there's spectacular nature everywhere.

The campus is on the side of a hill, with bridges across several ravines that run down the hill - be prepared for good exercise if you walk the upper campus. Don't miss the "wave" sculpture at Porter College or the chance to walk across a pedestrian bridge in a redwood forest. Just make sure you have a map, since the campus was designed to have the buildings blend into the forest, making it somewhat difficult to find your way from point A to point B. Don't forget to look around at the flora and fauna, too; I often see deer, birds, and banana slugs (the real thing!) on campus, and have seen several species of raptor hanging out as well.

Disclaimer: I may be biased since I drive / walk onto campus every day for work.

Visited December 2013
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Yuba City
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“It's huge! Take a tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

It's a gigantic 3,000 acre campus, surrounded by redwoods and natural reserve of another 10,000 acres on the edge of Santa Cruz. Easy walk to get there, but poor signage to tell you were to go! Map it out and take a tour!

Visited November 2013
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Aspen, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful, diverse campus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Went on a tour of the campus on our own. Very friendly and helpful people everywhere we went. Looks like a fun place to go to school.

Visited October 2013
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