Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3069 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Computers: Computers are crowded where more needed(Library), and wasting energy in the computer labs. I wish the allocation of the computer resources was more efficient. Printing on campus...I do not like the fact that I have to waste 15 minutes or more going to specific places where printing is "free", I am already paying a lot for tuition and I cannot print at the Library for "free"?It is frustrating when I am studying in the zone and I need some printed formulas sheets or manuals.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Goleta is a great college town and the neighbor Santa Barbara is good too. Santa Barbara was everything I was needed so far.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: I cannot talk about a typical guy or girl, there are so many different students. Diverse background, ethnicity , live situation, believes, etc.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strictness is ok. I wish there was more strict rules about noise, drinking and drugs. It is hard to control and 18000 students population though.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus seems like a cool thing, according to several friends you make lots of friends. However it is a terrible investment since the prices are significantly higher specially for students with high amounts of students and parents loans like me, reason why I never lived of planned to live on campus. I just cant afford to pay 20% more for housing just because I want.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Dining is great, we have the same variety as a small city. Cost makes it attractive and convenient when compared to the absurd cost of On-Campus Dining.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid process was very efficient. It was clear and fast. Information was precise and on time. I just wish the amount of scholarships would be more and the students loan would be way less.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The Isla Vista environment is very college friendly. The campus is beautiful and being able to see the ocean is very relaxing. The actuarial program at UCSB is actually the only program in California that prepares students to become actuaries.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Facilities and aesthetics are awesome. I will never get tired of seeing the lagoon, Stork Tower, and the pacific ocean. Library is the best place to study, it is very encouraging to study next to so many other dedicated students, and if I need a break I can just walk to the window and humble myself by observing the majestic pacific ocean.

4 College Junior

Academics: Workload is tough, curriculum is tough, internship and job opportunity are hard to get only because the requirements are hard, but, hey!, difficult things make great people. One of the most unique things about being in an actuarial science is that even though you are at UCSB you have no time to party if you want to graduate, which shows me the level at which the curriculum wants actuaries from UCSB to go out and do high quality financial analysis, accurate valuation of securities, and less risky investments. I am very glad that I know I am being challenged at UCSB for my own almost immediate benefit when I start working in my profitable and interesting career.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Proffesors are good, they try their best so that we can learn concepts in creative, fun, and effective ways. The curriculum is quite optimistic, I wish I could learn many of the topics covered more in depth specially the curriculum of some classes like computer science that are required for jobs as an actuary.

4 College Junior

Weather: I like to do things outside like playing basketball and soccer, and being able to have a nice weather during the whole year allows me to do those things each quater.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: haven't applied to any at school

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: from what I hear it's okay

4 College Sophomore

Academics: good, but i just declared so i don't know much yet

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: very fun, lots of big and small parties

College Sophomore

Parking: i don't have a car so would not know

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: not too strict, but strict enough

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Wish there was more majors, but we do have the basics. no business.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: the guys are hot and girls are pretty. also everyone seems to have a pretty good personality and are outgoing and nice. Some people can be rude and pretentious though.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not so many options of off-campus dining. You can only find normal food like burgers and pizzas. It is convenient to find a restaurant off campus and it will not cost you so much to have a meal outside.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major is chemistry, and I want to transfer to chemical engineering or biochemistry major in the future. I attend the honor chemistry class the quarter and be honest it is a little hard to me. I need to finish much more homework and attend more difficult chemistry class to get a good grade.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors in UCSB are enthusiastic, any students who have academical problems can contact them through e-mail and face-to-face, and almost all professor will reply to you. The curriculum in UCSB is not hard except the honor class which is prepared for outstanding students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: First of all, UCSB has four dinning halls, so you have options to decide what you wants to eat. Every dinning hall has totally different characteristics. The service of dinning hall is good. And above all, the dinning hall provides food for international students, so wherever you come from, you need not to worry the food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms in campus is modern and beautiful. You can see the scenery of lake and sea from the dorms. And everyday, faculties of the dorms will clean restrooms and study rooms, so you can have a good environment to break and play. However, the cost of living in the dorm is high.

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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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