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

Athletics: There is no football team, but people rally around men's soccer.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not personally experienced any crime on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I find the diversity on campus to be very large. Classes always have a variety of students.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: Because I chose a major that is not greatly impacted, it was very easy to get into my major. I simply spoke with the adviser for the major and then I just had to wait for my major to be switched.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I greatly enjoy the Japanese program at UCSB. The professors are very kind and are always ready to help students. I have made friends who have been in my classes from anywhere between one quarter and three years.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Whether you want to take a nap between classes or do some research for a paper, there is most likely a place where you can do so on or near campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is an abundance of campus organizations to choose from if you want to get involved. Though this may make things a bit complicated when it comes to reserving rooms for meetings and events, as long as an organization is flexible, everything works out.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not particularly know about the athletics on campus other than that it exists due to a lack of interest in sports but from what I hear,if one were to go to a game at Harder Stadium there is plenty of school spirit.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Due to a recent trip to Japan, I am a bit biased because of how much more convenient the transportation was there.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Some days the food is amazing. Others it can be a little lacking. Favorite part of on campus dining has to be late night where the DLG is open past 12pm. Too bad late night isn't available on weekends. :(

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you don't work out, you must be hiding in your room 24/7 because I have never seen you before. Don't get me wrong, there are the occasional trolls but on average people tend to be fit and tan.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: At first glance there is an over whelming number of tall, white, blonde students. Once you start actually meeting people however you would be surprised at the number of people born in exotic countries and that have unusual backgrounds.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school does a lot to try and reduce the risk involved with drugs and alcohol. Campus wide the vibe seems to be "We cant stop you from doing it, so at least do it safely".

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining is great especially if you live on the main campus. The Santa Catalina dorms are about a mile from the main campus. They have their own dining commons but from what I have heard, they are subpar. The dining in the other three dining commons is rather good. De La Guerra (or DLG) has very good food with different stations that serve comfort food, soups, cereal, mexican food, asian food, or pasta at dinner. Lunch has one more station open for burgers/grilled cheeses and fries. The shoestring fries at DLG can't be beat. In general every station has a meat option and a vegetarian option. Late-night is from 9pm-12:30am Mon-Thurs which usually includes burgers/grilled cheeses, fries, cereal, hot drinks, and sodas. Carillo is known to be the best on campus dining but is about a 5 min walk from the freshmen dorms so many first years just opt for DLG or Ortega. Menus for the current week and the week following can be found online.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The downfall to UCSB is that we don't have a football team which is to the dismay of many of the students. Soccer and Basketball are a big part of campus life though and are a fun thing to go watch at night. The "Gauchos Locos" is a student section that attends most all of the games and is rowdy to say the least. They're a lot of fun to be a part of and definitely are intimidating when in full force.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am an Economics and Accounting major and the workload is average. Of course, midterms and finals are stressful like any other major, but during the quarter I experience lies stress on average. In order to get into your specific major, there are varying requirements including GPA and prerequisites. The Study Abroad program also offers programs that are major-specific.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are very helpful and know what they're talking about. The registration process is very easy and takes very lithe time. It is done online and students are given a "passtime" in which they must select their classes for the following quarter. They may check availability of classes leading up to their passtime and check days and times in which they want there classes to fall. The workload really depends on the major you are in. Chemistry, Biology, and similar majors seem to have significantly more work than other majors do but are generally the more popular areas to study.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love the atmosphere. Love the people. Love the location. UCSB may not be a perfect fit for everyone but it has been perfect for me. It's a beautiful school with so much to offer. I absolutely love it here.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is everywhere but varies in price. There is a multi-level parking structure that has plenty of spots and is less expensive, but is rather far from the dorms. Students may park right near there dorms but the cost is outrageous and there are limited spots. Off-camus parking is basically on the streets and free as far as I know. Parking there at night on the weekends though is not a good idea seeing as many drunk students roam the streets and oftentimes get a little rowdy.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: UCSB WEATHER CAN'T BE BEAT. With the exception of a few rainy days and fog sometimes in the mornings (that always burns off) the weather is perfect. Always in the high 60s to low 80s, there is rarely a day with uncomfortable weather. It does get cold on winter nights, but during the day, it's beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. As long as you lock your doors, theft is a non-issue, although people have gotten into trouble because they have failed to do so. At night, your access card is required to get into your own dorms so people without one can't enter. Even UCSB students that live in a different dorm may not enter another dorm with their own access card. The amount that people drink is also an issue but it's all about being smart and knowing your limit. People were taken away in ambulances the first weekend with alcohol poisoning because they took their newfound freedom too far. It all comes down to your own choices. As long as you are careful and stay with people you know and trust, you should have no issues.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere of UCSB. It is predominantly a college town though and I can't imagine myself living in Isla Vista for too long after graduation as the constant night life and party scene would get old. I would love to live in Santa Barbara or the surrounding areas though (about 30 min from campus) if I could find a stable job. For the beautiful location, cost of living in Isla Vista and the surrounding areas is pretty reasonable. Everyone is also very friendly in Isla Vista so I would love that.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have not had many run-ins with the campus police but they seem nice enough. Alcohol use and drug use will result in a "write-up" if you are caught. Students who are written up will have to go through an interview with a member of judicial affairs and they will decide if you are to be found guilty or not. I was falsely written up and explained my situation. My interviewer was very understanding and found me not guilty. Noise violations are basically only an issue during "dead week" (the week before finals), finals week, or when someone complains. In general, the violator will get one warning after a complaint is made. They will be written up if the noise continues. "Dead week" and finals week have 24 hour quiet hours. Visitation is very lenient in the dorms, except during Halloween. Over Halloween weekend there is strict no-guest policy because of all the issues caused by "out-of-towners" coming to UCSB. All other times though, visitation is easy. During the day, anyone can visit you but if they plan to stay they night, you must get a pass for them from the front desk. Overnights stays are limited per quarter.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: The internet connection at school, especially in the dorms, is extremely fast. It's easy to login to the wifi basically anywhere on campus with an account you make at the start of the school year. The use of computers during actual classes in my experience has been very small but many professors put their syllabi, assignments, and information online on their gauchospace page and update it frequently. In terms of classwork and assignments, having your own laptop is quite necessary. In some classes, assignments are completed and/or submitted online so it is important to have access to a computer. I have not come across a student who doesn't have their own laptop so far and many students have MacBooks. In the bookstore there is a repair shop for laptops and they fixed mine for me quickly and well. The fee is $50, a great deal for how convenient it is to use seeing as the next Apple store is on state street.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think UCSB is a very diverse campus. Just on my floor in my dorm, we have students from the East Coast, Canada, and even China. In terms of paying for school, we are well off in general, but are paying for it in different ways (loans, scholarships, grants, etc.). People in general are very accepting of different sexual orientations and it seems to me that, of the people I've met, UCSB leans towards being more liberal.

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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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