Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 2917 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Really good food, lots of gluten fee and vegetarian options!

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It is literally the best. It's a really world class night life, there's ALWAYS a party going on.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life here is where it's all at. Amazing parties, amazing organizations, lots of fun, lots of fellowship among Greeks, and kicking parties.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's increasingly scary in IV in light of recent events, but I know that there is a lot being done to increase the safety. Jst don;t walk alone, girls especially.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty diverse campus, and definitely very very liberal.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara is one of the best places on earth. It truly is.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I never use campus computers really because I have my own lap top. Almost everyone here has their own lap top.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's pretty tricky to find parking in IV, and it can be hard to find parking by Campbell hall.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: good facilities, but no one pays much attention to sports unless they are an athlete themselves. People do attend soccer matches.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They give pretty decent aid, although I do wish it was a bit more plentiful although that is not the school's fault; that's the government. UCSB offered better aid than any of the other schools did!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are everywhere, but responsible students are around, too. It just depends what crowd you go with.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's very over priced, but the Santa Catalina dorms are very nice.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The sorority houses are really nice (other than tri-delt, which pretty much sucks), and the cost is super reasonable!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are so many majors to choose from, it's amazing!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: UCSB has the best religious studies department in CA for a reason, it's truly world class.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Amazing professors, and SO many academic opportunities. Can't imagine a better religious studies department.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's really not that strict, you can get away with basically anything, and the RAs are super incompetent about enforcing rules, not that any one is really complaining, though.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: you don't have to take part, but some do

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: very laid back. mostly residential. not much to do. expensive stuff downtown

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: it is much cheaper than on campus housing. great community in IV

4 College Freshman

Transportation: it's usually reliable but can become packed at times.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many places near by the campus to live in except they can be really pricey.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There's no football team which sucks but other than that it's great.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's a city right next to it called isla vista. It's a very pleasant place to walk around at.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I feel like there are so many different kinds of people.


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Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
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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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