Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in FT and it's probably the best dorm you could ask for, just good rooms in general, plus good people. The only downsides are that it's not directly on campus and Portola, but it's worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty much every student is hot and friendly.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Isla Vista has a large variety of good off-campus dining options, convenient because it's all right in one spot

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very accepting and somewhat diverse

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of healthy options. Some of its expensive though

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Okay food for high prices. You get sick of the food after a while

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of different houses and apartments in Isla Vista

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4 College Freshman

Academics: At first classes are big and hard to get, but as you get further, classes are more concentrated

4 College Freshman

Academics: If you work hard and stay focused, UCSB can offer great academics and programs

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek houses are located in Isla Vista and are usually pretty popular

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots of great looking, fun, laid back people here!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Its a long and complicated process, but do-able

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of different kinds of people end up here (it is california after all), but lots of white people

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Its right on the beach, so the area is awesome! Isla Vista is cute but small

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are trying to crack down a little bit in light of recent events. No visitors allowed

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As with all big schools, incidents happen. I wouldn't say UCSB is any different

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are very small, but for many dorms, you're right on the beach

4 College Freshman

Athletics: University of California, Santa Barbara has beautiful surrounding areas for working out and activities. Therefore, the on-campus facilities aren't needed as much

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: SICCER GAMES ARE SO FUN. Also, the student rec cen has a lot of great classes and facilities.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Even as a caucasian I was shocked at how many white people there are here. Still, in my personal friend group alone there are three europeans, three hispanics, an armenian, a sri lankan, a chinese, and a japanese person. There's a lot of diversity around and cultural organizations make it easy to find.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As a leading research institution, UCSB is great for life science, chemistry, physics, and engineering majors. There's also great global studies, econ, history, english, etc. departments. Just don't be a math major.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: In any STEM major, youre going to have to deal with A LOT of annoying and difficult weeder classes. Just power through and get to those cool upper div courses!!

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I personally got no scholarships... then again I'm a white middle class female with no disabilities with a 4.1 coming from high school.... don't have much going for me.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Honestly, the girls are hotter than the guys.... I'm jealous. Everyone at SB has an amazing butt. I do not understand. Still, if your'e not the most gorgeous human being to walk the earth, you'll be fine. As a whole, santa barbara is hot, but there's a lot of aesthetic variety!!

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety... but also like 8 pizza places alone

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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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