Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3060 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: My campus is safe generally. But the bicycle traffic problem is serious in our campus. In my campus, majority of students ride bicycle, so the number of bicycles is high. At meantime, the speed of bicycles is high as well. It is really dangerous to walk on road.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking for car in my school is fine I think. But as for bicycle parking, it is bad. The bicycles in our school are easily stolen. Many students and even I lost bicycles. And the speed of bicycles in our school is very high and it is dangerous to walk inside the campus. One of my friends who comes from China was hurt by a bicycle this quarter and she went back China for treatment

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Very easy to get around but a car is good to have.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife at UCSB is great. The parties are some of the best because if the great company of people!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: We have several computer labs which i believe make our lives as students a bit easier. The computers in these rooms are quiet new and work very well! The only bad thing about our network is that it is extremely slow in my opinion.

College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I do not have the schools health insurance.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student centers are all over campus and are very nice and comfy. This makes student life on campus feel very at home.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Not only is our academics great, but we have the beach as our backyard. No other school is right on the beach and i believe that we have been privileged with such an opportunity.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I do not take much part in the drug scene so i wouldnt really know.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food at UCSB dinning is okay. It wasnt the best but it also wasnt the worst. Its actually good but they lack variety.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Whether at UCSB is always perfect. It is never too cold or too hot, always just right for a casual shirt, jeans and sandals.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity on our campus in very important to many students. Even though there is a high percent of whites, there is also several asian and hispanics. Diversity is large in sexual orientation on our campus. The great thing is that they are accepted for who they are from my experience with them.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not much informed about our school greek life.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in the off campus dorm Santa Catalina, which i absolutely loves. It had a pool and volleyball court which i found super cool and convenient. Living in the dorms allows you to network with other students and helps make the transition into college a bit easier.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have never had a problem with the financial aid process at my school. Every year they send me updates on my aid so that really helps.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I think is okay and average just like any other university. I can usually find parking pretty quick but its not always close to class.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not really involved with athletics on our campus so it is hard for me to talk for the student body.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSB was not my first choice school but i am glad it is where i ended up. If i could go back i would choose this school all over again. My experience so far has been a great one. I've had the opportunity to meet a number of different people of all backgrounds. Not just that but i have also had the privilege to work for the campus as a receptionist and a caseworker. Even though at times i do get overwhelmed with the large amount of school work, the beach sunsets remind me of why i decided to attend such a university in the first place.

College Sophomore

Majors: I havent had an internship but i plan on applying for some very soon. My school offers a variety of internships for students so i am not concerned about them much. I have worked a couple on campus jobs and am currently a case workers with the Office of Student Advocate.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My campus offers several job and internship opportunities for students of all majors. The curriculum is sometimes tough being that it is a prestigious university. Homework sometimes takes up to 2hours and the readings are of over 30 pages a day for just one class. But even though school is though, the atmosphere of the school makes everything worthwhile. This being thanks to the clean campus and facilities.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: We have top-notch facilities at UCSB, and the best thing is they're all free for students!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is great for studying and have all the books you could ask for. I also enjoy going to the Recreation Center because they have a great pool, weight room, basketball courts, rock climbing, and much more.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know enough about the greek life to rate it, but I have friends who really enjoy it

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is great quality and there are tons of options. When my parents come to pick me up they always want to eat in the dining commons rather than going out because it is healthier, cheaper, and there are more options

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Thanks to our campus police, we are a very safe campus, even during big events like Halloween or Deltopia. The police officers, campus security officers, and RAs are excellent at creating a safe environment no matter what is going on

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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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