Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3065 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Facilities: UCSB was voted one of the top 50 most beautiful campuses in California. In addition, everything is very accessible and high tech at the same time

5 College Junior

Weather: 85% Sunny – Mostly, we have sunny weather here so it is very beautiful. it rains during fall but only for a little bit.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: UCSB has diverse student so you're bound to meet people from every walks of life. in addition, everyone seems nice friendly all the time; how can you not be when surrounded by all that beauty to take all your stresses away

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Heaven on Earth – What can you say about this school except the fact of being stunned by the beauty it is surrounded. The school has its own private beach and the dorms are few blocks away. Surely, this is Heaven on Earth

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Abundant Acceptance – I will be the first to admit that a large proportion of UCSB students are white, but we're not lacking in other ethnicities. Despite this, the school makes a concerted effort to raise awareness and acceptance of diversity and cultural issues. Also, since we have a nicely laid-back atmosphere, I have witnessed little to no racial tension.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Really Safe Environment – There has never been a time when I've felt truly unsafe on campus, even at night by myself. The residence halls have fairly low crime rates; my roommate and I rarely lock the door (but I would lock the door living in Isla Vista!). Even if you do feel uncomfortable, you can call a Community Service Officer at any time and they will walk or bike with you to your destination.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara is beautiful and interesting. People like to go downtown on the weekends, there is great shopping, and we have a fabulous zoo. Of course, there are always the miles of beaches people love to hang out on. Most people are really friendly and it's a nice environment. Adjacent to campus is the small community of Isla Vista where many students live. Isla Vista (typically known as IV)is a fairly typical college community with places to eat and coffee shops. A lot of parting goes on during the weekends, but the bulk of it is concentrated in one area and so can be avoided if it's not your scene.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Heaven on Earth – NOTE: you have your dorm and few blocks away is the Pacific Ocean! How cool is that the school has its own private beach. in addition, its Santa Barabra; you can't beat that. Opra resided there because of its beauty.

5 College Junior

Transportation: There is nothing more convenient then a bicycle in UCSB. One can forget about his/her cars because you'll quickly find that there are no use at all. My suggestion is, get a bicycles ASAP.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Very Crazy – Here at UCSB, it gets very crazy almost every weekend. However, the one to watchout for is "Halloween night." It has been said in LA Times that UCSB is one of the most craziest place to be in during Halloween night.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The campus and the atmosphere are great, and the academics are challenging and stimulating. My only complaint is their strict financial policies that make it difficult to afford. (However this is true with any UC school). They make it difficult to take out more student loans than parent loans, and it is impossible to obtain in state tuition if you went to high school out of state. Also, in the 2009-2010 academic school year they instated a mid year fee increase starting in winter quarter after students had committed to attending for the entire year.

5 College Junior

Weather: Sunny and Beautiful – The weather is almost always perfect -- it is sunny and warm (but not too hot) for most of the year. There are about 2-3 weeks in winter, and sometimes fall that it will rain. In the winter it is chilly in the mornings, but reasonably warm in the afternoon.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Isla Vista – Since there is so much underage partying/drinking in Isla Vista (student community next to campus), the police only break up parties that violate noise codes, or are particularly rambunctious. Remember never to have an open container on the street, and never sit down on the sidewalk when out partying or you will be busted by the IV Foot Patrol.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: 24 Hours! The off-campus dining is extremely convenient. Most, if not all, of the restaurants located just minutes from campus are open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

All of the restaurants are priced at a fairly low cost and at the beginning of the quarter they give out coupons for discounted meals.

Although most places are really good, I think Pita Pit is my favorite. That, and Freebirds. UCSB is known for their delicious Freebirds burritos, nachos, and quesoritos. Unfortunately, Freebirds is more on the expensive side (costing about $13 for a box of nachos). However, it is possible for more than two people to share!

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's Safe! I am not a fan of walking around by myself at night, however, I know if I do generally nothing would happen. Possibly a "random" or "out-of-towner" will approach and ask for directions but other than that people seem to keep to themselves.

Also, if we have any reason to be afraid we can be escorted to and from where ever we needed to be by our Campus Security Officers; which I am told is very helpful.

I have heard of few crimes within the on campus housing but the dorms I am currently living in (knock on wood) seems to be extremely safe and no lurkers go through rooms and steal peoples' belongings.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at UCSB is pretty popular. Although it isn't necessary to be apart of Greek life it is a great way to get involved with organizations on campus. Most people who are involved in the Greek system are also apart of other clubs and activities as well.

Most people who are not involved in Greek life don't put the people who are down, however, a lot of people do believe it is a lame way of networking. Why pay thousands of dollars a quarter/semester for friends when you can make them for free by living in on campus housing or by attending classes?

At UCSB all Frats/Sororities have housing which is available. Seeing as I am not apart of the Greek system I am not sure how they choose who can live in the house. I assume President, Vice President, Rush Coordinator, etc get to choose if they want to live within the house and then the rest of the members get second picks.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty Attractive All Around – Though there are more attractive females than there are males, there is a decent balance. There are far more at least reasonably attractive people than there are downright ugly ones.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are absolutely amazing. Some of the best views in the world. Beautiful

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Labs – The computer labs are great and have all new update computers and programs.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Recreation Center and Dining Commons – The gym is amazing. There is really something for everyone from a roller rink, to a rock climbing wall, to your regular gym equipment. The dining commons are great as well. They are now trayless and provide students with local and organically grown food.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: the parties in this campus are so extreamly cool. i dont think any other uc schools can have parties like this ones!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity Soccer Team – they have a very successful porgram that is rank in the top 25 in the nation

4 College Junior

Athletics: The Basketball Teams – UCSB Gauchos are known for having a great basketball team (men's and women's) and it is very entertaining to watch their games here and then. We have very competitive and upbeat athletes, who make great students as well. Overall, I enjoy going to games in the Thunderdome on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Good Deals, on Room Rents/Shares – Compared to what I would pay living on campus, I saved $200-300 on average by renting a room in the residential area. The neighbothood is safe, I can bike or drive to campus, nice landlord, close to grocery stores, services, and there is always parking spaces available for free outside my place. The cons are probably not many people, and a little far from campus.

3 College Junior

Parking: The parking spaces available off campus is relatively limited. Often times, every space is taken, but driving around for couple of blocks does help. Once parked, if you don't have a bike, it is hard to get to campus, as the average walking distance is 20 minutes.


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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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