Student Life

Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta.

Q: What is it like to be a student at UC Santa Cruz? 

A: To answer this question, we'd like to refer you to the webcast page for our online Admissions events, where you can see videos of current students talking about their experiences at UCSC, particularly the video from Virtual Spring Spotlight 2014, which features three students talking together. 

You can also go to Admissions' Our Student Profiles page, a dynamic page of student profiles that can be sorted according to hometown, frosh versus transfer, etc. 


Q: What student clubs and organizations are active at Santa Cruz?

A: For this information, please go to admissions.ucsc.edu/why-ucsc/organizations.html.


Q: What kinds of arts and entertainment does the campus offer?

A: Two art galleries, the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery and the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, show works by students, faculty, and outside artists.

The Music Center includes a 396-seat Recital Hall with recording facilities, specially equipped classrooms, individual practice and teaching studios, rehearsal space for ensembles, a gamelan studio, and studios for electronic and computer music.

The Theater Arts Center includes theaters and acting and directing studios.

For fine arts students, the Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center provides modern, well-lit, spacious studios.

The Digital Arts Research Center -- "the DARC" -- is a 25,000-square-foot building overlooking the Monterey Bay. It is the home of the MFA Program in Digital Arts and New Media, and parts of the departments of Art and Music.

In addition, UC Santa Cruz sponsors many student instrumental and vocal groups, including its own student orchestra.

For further information, please see the following links:


Q: What kinds of arts and entertainment does the city of Santa Cruz offer?

A: There is always something happening in Santa Cruz in the arts, from street fairs, to world music festivals, to avant-garde theater. The Santa Cruz art world presents a lively showcase year-round, daytime and evening, weekends and weekdays. For a complete list of events and activities, search the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council Events Calendar.


Q: How safe is the campus?

A: Because the campus is the size of a small town--providing housing to faculty and over 7,000 students--the UCSC Police Department supports a proactive crime prevention program that works closely with members of the community to make the campus a safe place to work, live, and learn.

UC Santa Cruz maintains its own police force and a night proctor is on duty at each college to maintain a safe and secure environment.

Officers assigned to the Crime Prevention Program give presentations on topics such as personal safety and vehicle and residential security. Brochures and workshops are also available.

CruzAlert is UC Santa Cruz's emergency notification system, which is intended to provide critical information rapidly to UCSC students, faculty, and staff during an emergency on campus. In the event of an emergency, CruzAlert delivers important messages to campus web sites via RSS feed, to cell phones via text messages, and to landline phones via voice messages.

The Campus Police Department oversees a web site with detailed crime statistics and other information.

For further information on health and safety issues, please go to our Health and Safety page.


Q: What is the ethnic breakdown of the campus?

A: For this information, please go to our UC Santa Cruz Facts page.