Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Isla Vista is the college community wher both UCSB and SBCC students have congregated to making it one fun loving and party going environment where its pretty hard to study in because the weather and people are too beautiful. If you venture just out there is Goleta and Santa Barbara which is easily accessible through the reliable bus system or various bike paths available. There are buses for the sole purpose of transporting the 21+ crowd to the bars in downtown for those who want to venture out of Isla Vista. Lots of dancing and booze. But there is also plenty of cheap things to do like bowling or venturing the mountains to hike or beach to trod which are oh-so-close. the bigger parks often will host events free or cheap to the public. Let's not forget FIESTA! which is one big celebration for all ages. There is pretty much something to do for everyone, at all ages and budgets.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Everyone knows attending soccer games is "the thing" when season comes around its one big rowdy oleeeee group. I enjoy the soccer games and participate amongst the tortilla throwing crowd (composting them after). Basketball is next popular but baseball hardly gets any love and how is it possible we do not have a football team. I do think we as a school have extreme pride and show our support to our fellow Gauchos with our rowdy crowds during events.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: As a student, it was nice to have not the strictest RA thus allowing more freedom to enjoy leisure activities. I never had drugs or alcohol in my dorm but frequently has my long distance boyfriend visit for the weekend (with the permission of my roommates) and thus the only 2 nights per month rule would not have worked for me. It seems everyone was on the same page of respecting each other's space, business, and privacy; keeping it low at night time as to not disturb anyone and it worked out perfectly. There is often campus security roaming which made me feel safe but not completely locked up.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: UCSB has 4 dining commons, De la Guerra and Carillo being the best options depending if its breakfast or dinner time. I believe they have great variety and the freshets ingredients, often being local and organic produce which is a definite plus. I also love that they compost the kitchen waste thus leaving minimal carbon footprint. However, it is a little pricey especially for someone as low ass budget as myself. It is buffet style but I was set with only 10 meals per week meaning I could only eat twice for 5 out of the 7 days in a week; in this aspect I wish it was like Santa Cruz where you could go in and out as you please. But overall great!

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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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Louie Tamayo
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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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