Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is what it is. Happens in most colleges. UCSB is known for it's wild parties and drinking; but that's only a portion of the school. Not everyone is like that, obviously. There is no real peer pressure, if a person doesn't drink or smoke, a person doesn't drink or smoke. If a person get's written up for drugs/alcohol; they have to take classes regarding those things and get hours signed. If a person gets written up for drugs/alcohol more than 3 times, they get kicked out of the dorms. Pretty standard.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Love it. I want to try a new place everyday but I can't because I have meal plans that would go to waste if i did. There are some overpriced places due to it being Santa Barbara, but the food quality definitely makes up for it. Most of the places are a block or two away from campus so everything is very obtainable. There are also plenty of student discounts in the variety of places. A couple of my favorite places are The Habit, which is just a chain restaurant; Naan Stop, a little Indian restaurant that also provides boba; and recently opened Firehouse Subs, yes. I like them.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's just really expensive because we're located near the beach. If it weren't for the influx of college students, the houses in IV should be million dollar homes. Everything is easy to sign up for, though. Depending on the company, the cost, availability, convenience, safety, and parking changes. Overall, I've heard all the big renting companies aren't that great. But the school provides an off campus housing center to help students find the right place to rent.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Nothing is too bad. I was lucky enough to get placed in a refurbished building. Can't complain with all these new things and pretty carpet. Bathrooms get cleaned daily, its just the residents that mess everything up.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi is nice, sometimes it gets pretty slow; but most of the time it's on top of things.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There was a recent sexual assault issue this past weekend and it blew up a storm. These things should not be taken lightly. We have a ton of IV foot patrol that are around to make sure kids don't get in too much trouble, but everyone is becoming desensitized towards the sexual things going on around them during parties. Everyone, including the police, should begin keeping their eyes out for anything remotely suspicious instead of just letting things go.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: I absolutely love it, it doesn't necessarily have to be the "party scene" nightlife. Anyone can see that IV is lively when walking around looking for a place to eat. It is a very sociable experience in my personal opinion. Many places open late, so if I'm craving pizza or ice cream, I can just head out to Embarcadero and get some. If I want to dance or party, I'll head out to the frat/sorrority houses or out to DP. There's never NOT something to do at night.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is very difficult to get into the Communications major so it is requirement to take 4 pre-req classes and maintain above a 3.0 to get into the actual major.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The landlords are terrible. no sub-leasing

3 College Freshman

Academics: If you are a business student or interested in entertainment, i suggest not to come here.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Del playa can be considered a little unsafe.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We have the alcohol edu program

2 College Freshman

Diversity: I am a personal student who encountered some racist remarks

3 College Freshman

Majors: not helpful for those in business

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3 College Freshman

Computers: You need to log in to the ucsb set up account

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: After the rape incident, more police

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't know much. School does have spirit. Students attend games and all.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's okay! There is no pressure to join. The Greek people do approach you and convince you to join.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Speed of the computers are FAST! The campus has alot of computer labs!

We can print up to 200 pages for freee for one quarter

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: University of Santa Barbabra has a lot of variety of food places. Prices = Average

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms

Pros

1. Close to classes

2. Dining commons

3. House keeping

4. Enhance social interaction

Cons

-Cost

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Pros-

1. Downtown SB ( taking bus 11 or 24x) It has shopping malls and everything store you might need there. Also, Amtrak and greyhound is located there.

2. Market place ( has kmart, ross, etc.)

3. 2 hours away from LA

Cons

1. Asian food is available, but kinda sucks!!

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5 College Freshman

Weather: SUPER NICE weather. Downside is that it tends to constantly change.

example:

morning- cold

mid-day- hot

night- chilly

There was this one time where it was really warm at night.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is good. I don't really pay attention actually. Everyone is super friendly! :)

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The freshmen scholarship is VERY helpful! :D

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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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