Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3030 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus generally has very good security, but the rules are randomly enforced.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's very loose. there is a new large amount of found freedom here.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: It is fantastic, it is the best, it is like finding your soul mate

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: All of it is extremely difficult and time consuming but it is worth it.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's popular but it is not mandatory to be a part of.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are many precautions that can be taken for individuals to avoid these situations.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It is averagely diverse here, there's a good amount of variety just like anywhere else.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: It is fantastic, UCSB has some very extensive and difficult but fulfilling programs.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: I have heard great things about it from my fellow peers but I would say that they are competitive, I have yet to be able to get one.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is to die for, it is fantastic here, to be completely honest.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's a nice thing that every student should try at least for one year in their college life.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's very pricey but still really good, strongly recommend

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: It biggest thing is the school spirit and support for our teams.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Extremely stressful. I assumed scholarships and grants would be easier to win but they've proven to be much harder.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in Anacapa but I had a lot of friends in San Nicholas which has an ocean view. Imagine your dorm room with an ocean view, it's killer.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love UCSB. Especially Isla Vista. If you're looking for a great college experience, UCSB is the place to go. Great people, great environment, beach on campus, wonderful weather 24/7, lots of things to do to keep you on your feet.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Majors: I am a third year electrical engineering major at UCSB. Great school and great program, the course layout is pretty straightforward and the professors are great. I would choose electrical engineering every time if I could choose again.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Majors: It was relatively easy to transfer into electrical engineering. All you need is a 3.0 GPA average for the required major classes.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The scenery is beautiful as well as the campus. The party lifestyle grows tiresome and the cost of living is too damn high.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I do not like the on campus dining halls because the menu is limited and continually repeated. All the prep for the meals are the same with the same ideas and seasonings, so everything starts to taste the same. A lot of the food is focused on gluten and there should be more healthy options including more vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free options. Overall, the food is okay. I can't complain about having unlimited food.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: We're ranked as having some of the most attractive students in the U.S. Theres eye candy galore here, if you're into a specific type (athletic, thin). Everyone's super into fitness. Everyone wears flip-flops and shorts pretty much all year round.

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3 College Senior

Academics: The communication program at UCSB is not what I expected. I am very into the humanities side of communication studies, but the focus is more science based here. That being said, the professors are amazing. I have only taken a few upper division courses in my major field, but they were all very informative, and I have taken something away from each of them. There is a LOT of reading, but it's usually pretty interesting. The comm department has an awesome career fair each year where students have the opportunity to meet UCSB alumni and make valuable connections for their futures.

4 College Senior

Academics: We have great professors. I have taken courses in many different disciplines, and have yet to have a bad professor. Each professor is very passionate about what they teach, and very approachable and interested in talking with students outside of lectures. There's ample opportunity to make lasting connections with professors, despite having a huge undergraduate body of students.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My first year at UCSB as a transfer student was awesome. Now that I am home for break, I can really appreciate all the school and the people I met this year offered me. I've only been home a week and I miss it already. It's an environment that is really easy to grow to love. This year has been challenging. There have been times where I felt lost, but there were so many people just looking out for my interests and really invested in making sure I was managing and helping me work toward my goals. As a whole, things at UCSB has been difficult for most of us I imagine, following the horrible tragedy. But it was in this moment that I knew I made the right decision in choosing this school. The immense amount of support and understanding from everyone in the community, from students to faculty and everything in between, helped me get through the end of the school year and has really shown me just how amazing of a community we have here at UCSB. I am so grateful to have this opportunity and fully intend to take advantage of every second I have left at this wonderful institution.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Facilities: UCSB is a gorgeous school. We have our own beach! Most students (20,000+) live in a mile radius of one another, so there's always something going on. The weather is perfect 98% of the time. There's something different for everyone to do. We have excellent, well-known professors in most majors, and are ranked great academically. There's a great balance of play and work, with plenty of opportunities for internships and assistance in obtaining jobs post-graduation.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Hometown
Long Beach
Major
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
2012
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Ask practically any UCSB student, and he or she can give you a long list of things they love about the University, along with a few things they wish they could change. For the most part, UCSB is a college student’s haven with great academics, world-renowned professors, not to mention the great weather and laid-back atmosphere, and lastly who can forget the social scene? Some students describe Santa Barbara as paradise, but for those who quickly get over it and need a getaway, LA is a short one-hour drive south, while San Francisco is only four hours north. There are hidden treasures in Santa Barbara that you can explore and take advantage of while living there.

Do not let the weather and social scene cloud your judgment and decisions—take a deeper look at the school and ask the students. Chances are, the parties are not at the top of their list. Most students fall in love with their internships, clubs and organizations, and research work that prepare them for the real world. The most successful students are those who find a balance between academics and social life. The temptation to blow off school is present wherever you go, so the students pay extra attention to the work they produce. Overall, UCSB is the type of school that produces people that employers are seeking. You will find your fellow peers to be sociable and well-rounded in and out of the workplace. So although you may not get to experience game days like you would at a football school, there is nothing better than being able to catch a quick "surf sesh" before and after your class.

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