I love UCSC. It was the best four years of my life. The professor there can be demanding, but there are some that are pretty easy also. I was a Porter student, the university housing system is divided into little colleges, and I was at "porter college". For all incoming freshmen, they provide a small orientation, where you have a slug leader, who show you around, getting your id, short tour, and a chance to interact with other new students.
The experience was wonderful, located in beautiful santa Cruz, next to the mountain and the sea~ There is a lot of wonderful places to explores, the caves and the trees and the beach. everything you would want ~