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

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4 College Junior

Majors: I haven't had any challenges at all. I was easily able to switch majors, declare my major, and get the classes that I wanted. It's all elbow grease. I was able to crash my classes successfully by being persistent and being in constant contact with professors and emails. Just show up early and if you know what you want, be ready to go for it.

4 College Junior

Computers: There's plenty of computer labs on campus, and I think every time I've walked by them there has been open space. It's just more convenient to have your own laptop, but if you can't there's always an available computer somewhere. There's also computers available in the library which is now open 24/7. There's also a lot of printing and each student gets about 200 pages free each quarter, but the printing labs can get a bit busy. There's wifi almost everywhere but they're working on it. I would say it's great.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Coming from a big city, I found that the dining experience here was a little disappointing. I may be grading this too harshly though. The restaurants are on the expensive side and student discounts don't cover much. There is however a lot of variety, especially downtown. There's French, American, Vietnamese, Indian, etc. There's plenty, I just wouldn't say they're amazing, but it's nice every once in a while if you have the money. I prefer to cook.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I've never really lived on campus, so I cannot say. I think the school policies are fine though, it has not interfered or greatly impacted my academic or social life.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I think the diversity is just okay. There's definitely a lot of Caucasians, second to that is Asians. I don't think you'll feel too left out if you're a minority though, I have a very diverse group of friends. The people I know are accepting. I have heard some people say that certain communities are a bit small such as the tranxsexual communities, but that was just heard in passing. I think it's pretty diverse.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: UCSB is located right next to Isla Vista and the beach. The atmosphere is amazing, it's really relaxed and the weather is pretty much perfect 99% of the time. There's plenty to do if you try hard to find it, there's always something going on. Downtown Santa Barbara is fairly close and is beautiful, full of shopping, restaurants, and other things.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not affiliated with Greek life at my school, so maybe my opinion is a bit biased. I have friends who are in it that love it, you definitely meet a lot of people and if you're social it's great. You don't need to be in greek life though, it's definitely just an option. If you want that sort of thing, then you should join but I don't see any real pros or cons. If you want to network, you can find cheaper options.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: If you enjoy partying, Isla Vista is awesome. There's clubbing and other nightlife stuff downtown, but it's about 20 minutes away and can be expensive and you must be 21+. I guess partying in Isla Vista can be like in the movies, so it's pretty cool, but you can get bored of it after a few years.

3 College Junior

Transportation: We get "free" bus transportation around so that's nice, but the only thing really close to this campus is Goleta. It's just best to have your own car, then getting groceries would be a lot easier.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Isla Vista is a special college town. You're surrounded by college students, like minded people, but it can get pretty dangerous. It is also a big party town, so if you're not into partying, it's best to live away from "Del Playa"

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They're very strict on bike parking and drug and alcohol use, especially in dorms, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, depending on your perspective. They couldn't care less about who visits and for how long, except on Halloween weekend.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have strong athletic facilities and a good focus on rowing and soccer.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Generally in IV you have coffee, sandwiches, and pizza as your main options. There aren't any dedicated diners or nice breakfast places, or sit-down date restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a lot of bike theft. My bike was just stolen this week, in fact.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I pay very little attention to Greek life, but I know it has a large place on campus and in adjacent Isla Vista.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Some of the professors are duds, but overall I've had a great experience with all of mine so far.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are terribly inconsistent and dirty inside, but they get you from A to B. Zipcars are a good alternative but their restrictions are too stringent for most people my age.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are fine, but it's hard for someone within my demographic to receive any sort of help from FAFSA, other than an invitation to take out loans.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The print card system in the library is a convoluted mess and I avoid it at all costs, but there are plenty of computers available for use.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is very ethnically diverse and also has a strong queer community.

5 College Freshman

Weather: There's never bad weather here, and it's always sunny and pleasant.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I only involve myself with others that are accepting so I don't know how accepting the entire school is, i have never had a problem. People are really accepting of you sexual orientation.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are parties every weekend with alcohol everywhere and easily accessible.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: If you lock your doors and bike you won't run into theft but walking alone in IV at night isn't the safest thing to do especially if its after 1 and you have been drinking. I have heard of sexual assaults occurring late at night.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a variety of majors and ways to pursue your career. UCSB has awesome CLAS which is a tutoring program that hold class 2 times a week and goes over lecture material and helps prepare students for quizzes. We have a ton of research opportunities! The registration for classes is easy, and the classes are challenging but rewarding

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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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