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 Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very expensive to live off campus

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Security measures are top notch

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5 College Junior

Diversity: There are a good amount of all races

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5 College Junior

Weather: It is usually sunny with the occasional rain and gloomy weather.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I love the campus strictness because it is fair

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara is nice but is a ways away. IV isn't bad but sometimes you need to escape it

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is terrible and it screws you over when you can't get classes and have to spend weeks crashing them at the beginning of quarters. Some professors are awesome and others are not. The workload is quite heavy.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not a huge part of campus so it is nice for people that are not involved.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love FT but the distance sucks. The buses are very crowded in the mornings and it really is inconvenient that portola (the dining common off campus) is so much worse than the on campus places.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The airport is too expensive to get much use pout of and the train stations are hard to access without a car.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Student involvement in varsity sports is not huge. The average person has access to a gym although it isn't as nice as the one for intercollegiate athletes. There are many options to play club and inter mural sports

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places that deliver but most places are quite expensive.

2 College Freshman

Majors: We do not have a business, education, or physical therapy majors. We seem to not have quite a few majors.

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College Freshman

Majors: I have never had one.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus and the bike paths. It is very well lit and CSO's are always available to walk you home or bike home with you.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The rent is very high at many of the nicer places and parking is a huge issue. It seems as if the rent pre ices go up every year.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are widely used just like at almost all other university's. There isn't a lot of peer pressure and they do what they can to control it.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think UCSB is very diverse. There are quite a lot of asians and white kids.. and a lot of people have homogenous kind of personalities and can be kind of shallow........ but I don't know them. However, the economic status of everyone sure varies. I also don't know everyone, but that'd a vibe I'm getting so far.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I wish it was cheaper, but it's nice to feel that independence. And the campus is so close.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Personally, Isla Vista is too much to handle. I also don't appreciate this survey asking be about the party scene because I find that so trivial, irrelevant, and ridiculous. Don't rep UCSB as solely a "Party School." That's partially why I want to transfer

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: UCSB really educates us about alcohol usage and drugs. It's also good because they just don't command: "don't do it." They tell us the consequences of too much and how to maintain a good balance

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I really can't afford tuition. Too bad I have to get a degree from a high standard university to fit society's standards

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The dorm life is okay. Although I would love to light some candles once in a while.. can't do that because of smoke detectors.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't work out, really. But I assume the Rec Cen is great.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I didn't have a laptop for most of my summer and fall quarter. It was a hassle to have to venture to the library each time although I shouldn't complain about travelling for a few minutes. Even so, the library is crowded and it's not as comfortable as I would prefer. It would be nice if there were a few computers in the dorms to compensate. Then it wouldn't be too big of a problem falling asleep while working all night.


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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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