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Santa Barbara, CA
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18,318
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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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.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting to Isla Vista is very easy and convenient (walking distance) but basically only has food (and limited clothing) options. In order to go shopping for groceries or just for fun, students would need to take a bus or cab. Bus stickers for UCSB students are included in fees. It would take a short bus ride to get to the grocery store and about a half an hour to get to downtown state street. I have never used the airbus to get to the airport but friends have told me it was convenient. In terms of the train station, the Goleta station is either a bus ride or short cab ride away (about $15 for a cab either direction). There is a ride sharing Facebook page where students can connect with each other and carpool but many people that I know from my city go to UCSB so I haven't used that page for transportation.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol especially is very visible at parties. Nearly every party I have been to has several handles of hard liquor plus beer. The usage among students is high I would say, especially on weekends, but in my experience there has been little peer pressure to drink more than you want to. A simple "I'm good" and they will stop asking you if you want more. Among people I know, people do smoke marijuana to "relax" and/or use Aderall to help them focus and study but rarely on a daily basis. Policy enforcement is basically that the staff will take action if they see, smell, or hear it. If you give them no reason to be suspicious, they won't seek out the alcohol/drugs just to get you in trouble.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The proximity to campus is a major plus. Many restaurants will deliver straight to your dorm all day and into the night by ordering online. There is plenty of options: Starbucks, Freebirds, Subway, the Habit, Woodstock's Pizza, Bagel Cafe, Vietnamese, Boba, a crepe shop, Silvergreens, and many more. There's always something good to eat but prices are rather high. The food in general is very good though and the convenience and quality of the food is worth the price to me.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The athletic centers are awesome and the library is a great place to study and research, complete with eight floors and a new addition under construction right now. Campus events are a lot of fun. The spirit at games is amazing and the Gauchos Locos never fail to show support for our teams. Isla Vista is just a short walk from campus and is a great place to hang out, study, or party complete with Starbucks, Freebirds, Woodstock's Pizza, and many more. the beach is also a great place to relax and is conveniently right on campus.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The location is absolutely amazing! Couldn't ask for anything better. The facilities are mostly new and a new section of the library is under construction right now. There is so much campus life and activities happening all the time and the social scene is great! There's always something to do on the weekends and people in general are just friendly and happy.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: What makes this school unique is the fact that it is extremely close to the beach. The friendly atmosphere and amount of resources also make UCSB a great campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I am aware that there is an escort service for students when travelling alone, however, I was not aware that we have campus safety.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife in UCSB is noticeable to those who actually participate in social events such as parties. The club scene is not so big in UCSB but parties made by sororities and fraternities are widely known by students.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: A great deal of students attend athletic events on campus but there is not so much noticeable excitement at the beginning of the school year.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The wireless access on campus is very accommodating. Students are able to have high speed internet in almost all of campus, especially in their dorms.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Its fairly easy to find a parking space on or off campus but the annual fee is definitely a con. With other expenses that college brings its difficult to have a car for most students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is much more easier than living separately due to the fact that most amenities are already paid for and are ready to use. The fact that students living on campus all have the social restrictions to focus on studying makes it easier to maintain better academic success.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at UCSB is delicious and includes a wide variety of choices to accommodate students that are concerned with the environment as well as their diet. The only negative aspect of the campus dining halls is that there are not many late-night options for students who have to stay up studying for a long nights.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Administration is not so much as strict but rather concerned for the well-being of the students. The Resident Assistants encourage students to be safe during any type of activity and encourage students to seek help under any circumstance.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Students have the opportunity to take the local transit to school but many times the buses can be full and this can lead to students being late to class. Having a car makes it easier for students to travel downtown with much more ease. However, the main form of transportation in UCSB is the bicycle due to the fact that it is fast, convenient, and good for the environment.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing outside of campus is mostly viewed as a financial benefit for students. When living outside of campus students have the freedom to have social gatherings with much ease and not be reprimanded for it. However, for some it can lead to poor success academically when the atmosphere is no longer focused on studying but rather socializing.

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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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