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

Scholarships: I went to the financial aid office a few times to make sure everything was in order and everything worked out fine.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: For the most part, they aren't out to ruin your day. If they catch obviously breaking the rules they have to report it but they don't go looking for trouble. Even officers in Isla Vista will let you walk by drunk as long as you aren't obnoxious about it.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is functional and punctual. As a student, we get free bus passes.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Honestly school starts to feel like a bubble especially if you don't have a car. The bus system is really good and there are a lot of places to shop on State street. Still, there isn't much to do besides shop and surf.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's very foggy and cloudy, something you don't expect from sunny SoCal but trust me you'll want some jackets. It's only hot during a few weeks in the fall (pretty foggy summers too).

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: We have great parties and tons of fun every weekend. Don't be scared off by the madness of deltopia. Most of the craziness were people outside of our community. We manage to have safe fun all other weeks of the year.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is spacious and kept clean. The treadmills and stationary bikes face the windows so you can watch the soccer fields if just being there is boring. The weight room is a little cramped and chaotic. There isn't really an order or method for where the machines are. They aren't separated by muscle group.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The school does well to pair you with a person or people you'll get along with. My roommates and I get along great and I often call them my sisters. I've heard very few complaints about randomly chosen roommates.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: UC Santa Barbara is really fun, but it is also academically challenging. You never feel burnt out though because you are surrounded with so much fun things to do, and it is located in such a beautiful school. Nightlife is the best here.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: Due to the partying nature of the campus alcohol is quite abundant.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Transportation: Bikes and buses will provide most of the means of transportation.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Student

Nightlife: The school has some of the best possible partying in the whole country.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Greek Life: The Greek Life is outgoing but not for everyone to be in.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: There is a bad reputation that comes from the school but being smart will get you out of most situations.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: I enjoy the rooming the campus has to offer. It is a large campus so make sure to know your means of transportation.

3 College Student

Athletics: This school may not be the best if you are looking for a big sports campus.

4 College Student

Diversity: The style is very relaxed here and most people are very accepting.

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: I think the campus and its people are amazing. Everyone who visits will agree.

3 College Student

Computers: I enjoy the campus and the resources it provides. I think all people will be satisfied.

4 College Student

Weather: The beach and weather are fantastic.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The surrounding area is great but the living cost might be very high.

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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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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