Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2897 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

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

2 people found this useful Report
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.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It depends on what dorm you're living in and who your roommates are.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in it so I don't really know. It's expensive.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There's all the help you need and the teachers are always happy to help or answer questions.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: It can be difficult to get in but they do provide a lot of help.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: There's so many opportunities for help and the education is top notch

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's a lot of police making sure things are kept into context

4 College Junior

Nightlife: You will always find something fun to do! Whether it is going out to a party or staying in to watch a movie, the friends that you surround yourself with will be why you're having a great time.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: I switched from economics to global studies and I'm loving it.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Nightlife: You don't have to be part of a Greek club to have fun. There's parties everywhere and if you are social, you can find new friends that know parties.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: All the restaurants are expensive and close way too early for a college town.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: I've been to some Greek houses and the rooms are nice and homey but I would not join a Greek club.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: I have numerous friends that aren't asian.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: I wish I got more money because rent is so expensive in Isla Vista.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I never seen security but I feel safe.

2 College Junior

Athletics: The facilities is worse than the 24 hour fitness

2 College Junior

Transportation: It's not that great so I rarely use it.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Rent is way too expensive for students! Those greedy landlords!

3 College Junior

Computers: There is no computer lab due to construction...

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I see it everyday but it's not overly used.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: no experience but it's very present and popular. i've heard the initiation process is time consuming and difficult

1 person found this useful Report
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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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