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

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is always great and sunny. Perfect weather all year long.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Cost is kind of high but at the same time it's kind of worth it. It's convenient.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The curriculum is rigorous and a lot of self-study

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The quidditch team is really awesome too! GO Santa Barbara Blacktips!!!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of white people and democrats. But at the same time, there is a lot of diversity in religion.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not very many people partake but some people do. Guess it depends?

College Freshman

Nightlife: I have no idea since I honestly don't party. My roommate seems to think DP is great though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Pretty lenient on things like attendance and visitations. Really strict on academic integrity though.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The area is beautiful and awesome since the beach is really close by and the weather is always really nice. There's downtown Santa Barbara not too far away for shopping and Camino Real Marketplace too. Isla Vista is right next to campus where you can get all kinds of awesome food.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They don't enforce the rules which can be dangerous

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I enjoy using the bus

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm personally not involved in sports

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm personally involved in Greek life and I enjoy it

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's reasonable for what we need

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No one forces you to drink, but it makes you more social if you do

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some professors teach well, some don't

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Though it is a lot of work, the money makes it worth it

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: People are pretty respectful of the differences

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is nice having the ocean right next to us

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial Aid was one of the main reasons I decided to come to UCSB over Georgia Tech, that's how good and helpful they are in this department.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think it is a pretty safe place and if you follow you common sense you shouldn't find yourself in trouble. I am also a guy so that may change things a bit.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The night life here is just absolutely great. Even if you don't have an address it is very easy to find a party.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of support and love for members of the lgbtqa community.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't use but have heard they are good.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: People use but are not scary.


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Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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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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