Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 2929 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Student

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

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4 College Student

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

5 College Student

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

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.

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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!


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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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