Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz
The University of California: Santa Cruz
Site Information
CollegeUniversity of California at Santa Cruz
LocationSanta Cruz, California
DatesSession 1: July 2 - July 21 | Session 2: July 23 - August 11
Years of Operation1998-present
Avg. Number of Students200
Courses Offered
HumanitiesCognitive Psychology | Great Cases: American Legal History | Logic: Principles of Reasoning | Philosophy
WritingCrafting the Essay | Fiction and Poetry | Writing and Imagination | Writing Your World
MathInductive and Deductive Reasoning | Mathematical Logic | Paradoxes and Infinities | The Mathematics of Money
ScienceIntroduction to Astronomy | Introduction to Robotics | Principles of Engineering Design | The Physics of Engineering
StaffSanta Cruz Staff
MemoriesSanta Cruz Memories
Hall of FameSanta Cruz Hall of Fame
Hall of ShameSanta Cruz Hall of Shame
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Santa Cruz is a CTY, CAA, and YS site located at The University of California, Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California.


  • Porter A&B (residence halls)
  • Porter C Dinning Hall
  • The Squiggle/Squiggle field
  • The Fishbowl
  • Oaks College
  • Oaks Field
  • Rachel Carson College
  • Porter College
  • Social Sciences I and II
  • Oaks Trail
  • Lower Quad
  • Upper Quad

Student Life


  • Four Square
  • Braveheart
  • Intergalactic Space Battle
  • Running
  • Volleyball Circle
  • Tennis Baseball
  • Cloud Watching (sometimes without clouds)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Mafia
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Pet Rock Making
  • Fuse Beads
  • Bookmarking
  • Origami
  • Dance Decorations
  • Friendship Bracelets
  • Pointless Debates
  • Square Dancing
  • Salsa.
  • Critic (students go around and critique other activities performance)
  • Pokémon Go
  • Reader's Digest
  • Casino Practice
  • Nature Walk
  • Band Practice


  • Ninja
  • Four Square
  • Volleyball Circles
  • Canon Songs. This includes American Pie, (which at the last dance includes instructors, TAs, and RAs, who make a circle inside of the lager student one) as well as several line dances.
  • Passionfruit
  • Creating fan instagrams for instructors, RAs, and TAs. (23.2 Caden5012 shenanigans)
  • Silly gossip time, a quad/hall/early dance/pretty much any time specialty, especially in girl's halls.
  • Casino Night
  • Talent Show
  • Singing "I Want it That Way" at all times constantly (23.2).
  • Birthday celebrations in halls, often including singing happy birthday at the top of your lounges at some point during every meal of the day, whether or not there even is a birthday in the first place. In 23.2 one hall sang happy birthday thrice a day for nearly a week to one hall member. This student became notorious and receive birthday greetings every day for the rest of the session.

Weekend Activities

On the weekends halls spend the majority of their time sleeping in through optional breakfast, having sleepovers on all non-week nights, and chilling out in the halls. Laundry is also done on weekends primarily, although it varies depending on the hall.

On Fridays, CTYers only have one activity, and skip evening class for the dance, then on weekends the morning up until lunch is open, then there is typically both an afternoon and evening activity, which is evening class on Sundays.

Afternoon activities are traditionally Carnival first Saturday with Color Wars on Sunday, and CTY Olympics second Saturday, with some other activity like a movie or sports tournament on Sunday. Casino Night is on first Saturday evening, and the Talent Show is on second Saturday evening.

Additional Info

The Santa Cruz site is known for being very strict. CTYers must be escorted everywhere by a teacher or RA, including to the bathroom during class or meals. Lights out is enforced by RAs who walk outside the perimeter of the dorm buildings looking for lights on in the windows. Thankfully most of these restrictions were put in place by Big CTY, and most RAs and instructors are pretty chill compared to other sites.

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