Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3069 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Majors: My major is psychology. I first came to this school thinking that this was the right choice but now im not so sure. I am very concerned about finding a job because I heard that it is not that easy with this type of degree. Im thinking of changing my major to earth science because it interests me more.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: It was fairly easy. I worked hard in high school with a 3.52 GPA. If I was to offer any tips, I will say that you need to really get your things submitted on time and in order. Don't wasn't till the last minute! Oh, and definitely study for the ACTs and the SATs.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is extremely diverse, I didn't expect this at all. Im from LA, so im used to having the majority of my class being Hispanic. Now I see people from just about every ethnicity. There are also a lot of international students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do enjoy my view of the lake from my room, but I don't really get along with the people here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Coming to UCSB I thought that I would see plenty of students smoking and drinking every night. But as it turns out, that wasn't the case. A lot of it is just rumors and the school is very strict on their policies, which I for one think is great.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am double majoring in English and communication, and I love both programs. The university makes it easy to join organizations that will prepare you for future internships and jobs.

4 College Junior

Majors: The only difficulties that came with getting into my programs were pre-major requirements. Even then, the majors were generally easy to enter, as long as performance in pre-majors met basic GPA maintenance.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Its a little difficult to understand at first, but you get the hang of things after a while. I don't have a car so the buses here at the school are very convenient and they take you just about everywhere. Also, students here get a free bus pass sticker!

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Police care more about noise than the age of the people who are drinking at a party, but RAs for dorms are strict and can get you in trouble for many things. Lecture is lenient on attendance, but seminars and sections are usually strict.

5 College Freshman

Computers: In my dorms the internet is very fast, hardly any problems. I know there are a lot of computer labs around campus for those without a computer. I had bought a printer coming to the school, but soon after I realized that printing at the library is much cheaper than buying more ink for myself.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Being from LA, I know you always have to be aware of your surroundings night and day, keeping the items youre carrying close to you. Here in UC Sana Barbara you feel very safe walking around in a group or alone. Whenever im out at night going to the library at 2am there is always a police car going around, so I know im always safe.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The options in Isla Vista are extremely convenient but become repetitive. The options in downtown Santa Barbara are less convenient if you don't have a car, but they are worth it.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus and with friends, but there is some crime. Student Health offers very good insurance and is conveniently on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: This school is set on a beautiful location. Its so close to the beach so you get a magnificent view all day. When you get to downtown Santa Barbara, you see many convenient stores architecturally designed in a latin vibe.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a lot of weed and a lot of alcohol, but not many hard drugs. It is a very social atmosphere, but also relaxed, so there is not a lot of peer pressure.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There is wireless access in almost every building, multiple computer labs, and many places to print for free or at a low cost.

4 College Junior

Weather: Summers are sunny, clear, and amazing, and winters are very mild. As it is located directly next to the beach, it is often cloudy in the mornings but clears off by afternoon.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Parties (during the day or night) happen every weekend and often on weekdays. There are bars in downtown Santa Barbara, and Bill's Bus will take you back home until about 2am.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Everything in Isla Vista and on campus is within walking distance. The bus system is very effective, and bus use in the Santa Barbara area is free for students. The train station and the airport are within 10 minutes of driving from campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived on an off campus dorm called Tropicana del Norte. Rooms were much more spacious than on campus dorms, and the cafe was located right downstairs. The building hosted many events that made it easy to be social.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: i never got caught, i know people who did though

5 College Sophomore

Weather: SO AWESOME, basically 75 all year long

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: not much to complain about

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: sucks if you're stuck in a triple, doubles are great

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's awesome if you're into it, if not extremely annoying


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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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