Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3065 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Academics: Although it is not disciplined, it offers me different ways to explore everything I am learning. For example, I can travel and see hand in hand what I am learning about in a book.

4 College Junior

Academics: They offer a variety of different classes that always challenge you.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dinning commons are great. They all have their own style and every dinning common is known for what food entree they are best at.

5 College Junior

Majors: I love it! It offers a variety of things you can learn and it is not so disciplined.

3 College Junior

Majors: I can't give a valuable opinion on this.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's a great college atmosphere with parties and fun, but families also live there which we should all respect.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The bus is a great help to all of UCSB'S students, but it gets paid from our tuition.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The cost is very expensive, but it's a great experience.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Isla Vista is a fun place to live, but it is expensive since it is beach side

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My financial aid experience worked out in the end, but it was a hassle and nerve-racking, but isn't everybody's experience like that?

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Our Greek Life is pretty big, but it doesn't put a wedge between Greeks and Non-Greeks.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Many different options, recreation center, the library, UCen, etc.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Many of the facilities are beautiful and have easy access, some need to be remodeled.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Engineering department is great for me. Mathematics department could use some work.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am able to manage my major, be in greek life, and have a job.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I absolutely love my school and the people I have met here

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't drink or do drugs, and I have a perfectly normal and fun social and party life. People are very accepting to the option of doing or not doing drugs/ drinking alcohol

5 College Freshman

Transportation: free bus rides and they go many places

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many interesting and kind people to get to know

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Many different clubs and organizations for people of different sexuality, ethnicity, religious views, etc.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many places to eat in Isla Vista

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, but I plan to

5 College Freshman

Majors: Have a great program for my major

5 College Freshman

Weather: Always warm with a breeze

3 College Freshman

Parking: It costs alot to park

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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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