Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3060 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining halls are reserved for freshman therefore the other students don't take part. The food is above average. On campus food is available, but it is a bit pricey. However there are a lot of off campus food places within walking distance next to the school in Isla Vista.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Top of the Line – The campus facilities are outstanding. The library has a huge selection of books. There are endless fields to play sports on and a wide range of gyms that include basketball, volleyball, pools, rock climbing, hockey, and many more sports. Campus activities are also very easy to be involved in.

4 College Freshman

Weather: There is usually v ery nice weather not to hot because we are so close to the beach. It does get cold at night and from time to time it rains but not very much from what I have recently experienced.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of parking lots on campus which of ocurse you have to have a permit or pay for but most students walk, skate or most importantly bike to class.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Cost of Dorms! The most expensive thing on my bill was the cost of dorming. This is about four thousand a quarter which was surprising! Although I guess that this covers light and power, water and meal expenses.

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: expensive the most expensive part is cost of living classes and tuition are reasonable but the dorm/off campus living is ridiculously high almost 800 dollars a month for college students to share rooms

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: university of santa barbara is very fair, if you put your self in the postion to achieve academic success the chances of an unfair decision being made toward you is small

3 College Senior

Computers: the computer at the college are greats almost enough computers to satisfy every student with appropriate time management. It is never an acceptable excuse to have not done an computer assignment due to lack of having a computer. more so due to not having the right software on a computer

3 College Junior

Diversity: The majority of the students and faculty seem to be white, but there also seems to be an increasingly good mix of other races about.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: If you are under 21, there are hundreds of house parties to choose from in IV. If you are 21, you can take Bills Bus to downtown state st from IV for $10 roundtrip instead of getting a DD. There you can find bars and clubs, Madisons has good cheap drinks, Joe's has very strong drinks, and Sandbar, Wild Cat, and Tonic are good places to go and dance

4 College Senior

Athletics: Almost everyone at UCSB keeps in shape by doing a sport, going to the gym, or running along the beach. The men's soccer team is very good and has a lot of fan support, as well as the men and women's basketball teams. There are many club and IM sports you can play, and the gym is pretty huge with several pools and a hot tub. We also have a rock climbing wall and roller hockey rink.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Love It! UCSB has really opened up my eyes. I have met great people here and have learned so many things that I feel will benefit me in my future.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Definitely More Popular – People are definitely way more into drinking here at UCSB.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: public transportation in sb is awesome. you don't need a car when you got the bus

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: sororities and frats get a lot of recognition on our campus. they host the events, throw the parties. people like to be liked, i guess greek life is one of the ways of achieving that.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Party in Sb – man oh man. where to begin. i'm only 19, so it's rare that i can enter any club nearby. but that doesn't keep me from going out. you can find parties ANYWHERE. the atmosphere is electric, and if you're responsible enough and stay in control you'll have nothing but good times.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mostly White – Most of the students at UCSB are white and dress like surfers and its summer 24/7. Most of the other diversified students stick to their own group and dress similarly. There are a lot of interracial relationships however.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Few Options – Close to school there are only a limited number of options. The most popular places are Woodstock's, Freebirds and Silvergreens. Woodstocks has reasonably priced pizza that is quite tasty and delievers late. Freebirds is mexican food that is a little expensive and can get VERY boring. Silvergreens probably has the most options and its the healthiest. It has the calories of your meal on your receipt! It is quite expensive though.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Greatest College Experience – We are the only school that owns our own beach, Isla Vista is unlike any other college community around and you can walk everywhere! Because everyone lives so close, it is easy to meet people and do fun things.

4 College Senior

Weather: The weather is fabulous! We are so close to the beach and usually even in the winter you can spend a day there. Temperature doesn't vary too much and sometimes there is a light breeze.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Feeling Safe on Campus – On campus, there are often security guards and/or police officers walking around. But with any small area packed with young adults, there is bound to be some trouble making. It is always important to keep your doors locked, especially in IV.

College Junior

Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive, but so are most options in Santa Barbara

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A Beautiful Place – The campus is located on the beach and very close by to quite possibly one of the prettiest cities in the world, Santa Barbara

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Soo Expensive – Parking permits are ridiculously expensive and a lot of parking lots are for faculty only and they will give you a ticket even if you park there for like 5 minutes!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's Everywhere – The drug scene at UCSB is pretty big. A lot of students like to smoke weed and do other drugs but the number one popular activity is still drinking.


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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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