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

Transportation: I only take public transportation. Taxis are too much for me to afford

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is always so lovely.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Isla Vista is really chill and I like it. Hope to live there next year. The dorms are pretty suffocating in the sense that a lot of things are restricted although I love my RA. Downtown Santa Barbara is 20 minutes away via bus and it's real nice to hang around there. It's very chill although has a wealthy vibe to it since a lot of the shops are pretty expensive down there.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not all for Greek Life. I don't agree with most of it.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are typically very nice and welcoming

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: there are many late night options which is always great

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: there are many programs put in place for drug safety

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system runs very smoothly

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not like how far some of the residence halls are away from school and they are extremely small

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different organizations and communities within the school that help promote diversity awareness and acceptance

4 College Freshman

Academics: I really enjoy the professors that I have worked with in my field of study so far. The work load is a lot but it is manageable.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are hard to get if you have a later registration period. Also some teachers aren't actually professors and their intelligence and preparedness is lacking.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are many different sporting events and concerts for students to attend on a regular basis

4 College Freshman

Facilities: We are right on the beach, there are many resources for students, and everyone is friendly.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permit costs are extremely expensive and parking on campus is at hours that are not helpful

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Most people walk or take the bus because it is convenient and every thing really is super close. It would be nice to have a car but it's not needed.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It can be somewhat difficult to get into the Greek life but most of them are welcoming and Non greeks are still friends with Greeks, there is no huge separation.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus and most people accept each other's viewpoints.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The school has great programs such as engineering and economics and accounting degrees. Most students in these fields secure jobs before they even graduate.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Some traditions are throwing tortillas during soccer games and signing the cheers. The library is one of the best that I've seen and is always a fun place to study.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is always in the 70s or low 80s and since the ocean is nearby there is always days at the beach and surfing,

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most students just have causal hook ups and aren't looking for anything too serious. Most people are outgoing and there are a few religious groups on campus but they are generally small.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The cost is pricey but it is college after all. The school has a very social atmosphere and there is always something new happening on campus. The best dorms for socialize would be Santa Catalina and for the quietest dorms it would be San Nicolas but still fun!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus and they have this program that allows you to call campus students that work with the security and they'll come walk with you anywhere you need to go if you ever do feel afraid.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The availability is great but the landlords aren't the best and the quality of the off campus housing can seem scary but the cost is cheaper.

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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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