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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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: First year on campus is great. After that most people move off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords can be a hassle and you probably won't get your security deposit back.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Confusing in the beginning but understood it later

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive but are close to school

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is great because the people here are great

3 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone is very in shape

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It was a great college experience

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Lots of fraternities and sororities.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is okay. There is nothing bad or good to say

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Everyone is super kind to each other. Everyone looks out for each other

3 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity is getting better.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Super Nice. Super Good looking

5 College Junior

Facilities: Lots of activities go on at our school.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Everyone is super kind, atmosphere is relaxing and the weather is amazing. Many opportunities to join many clubs.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great professors, great programs. Professors are usually very nice and accommodating to students. Just tally to them and make sure they know you. the workload really depends on the major and classes chosen. Registration process is somewhat ok. Some classes are reserved for specific majors until pass 2, however other majors also require those classes. In this case, priority is given to graduating seniors, which works out at the end.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Transportation: We have bus stops ok every block with buses arriving every few minutes. Students with school ID ride for free. Also, everyone bikes in town! Very fast and convenient.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I personally don't know much of our Greek life because I am not currently enrolled in a fraternity. I have heard from some friends, who are a part of the Greek life, that being in a fraternity is extremely fun because you are given the opportunity to meet many new people and give back to the community. The Greek life doesn't play a huge role in our university; it only involves about eight percent in the student population. There are many Greek housings in which they are uniquely designed and are usually large. The Greek students are viewed as people who are greatly involved in extracurricular activities on and off of the university. The Greek life plays an important role on our campus and allows students to come together with common interests.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Being a Global Studies major, also known as International Studies, I have the opportunity to meet and converse with International students and learn about their different cultures. In every class of mine, there are many different ethnic backgrounds and people from all around the world. On the UCSB tennis team alone, half of the teammates are international and most of those speak a different language. The political beliefs in Isla Vista are usually Liberal , which is not a surprise because the Santa Barbara County is known to be very Liberal, so does California. The sexual orientation is pretty diverse and I respect the choices that my fellow students have made. I believe they have the right to love in whomever they want because no one has the right to tell you who or who not to love. The diversity on campus is incredible because in one day of walking through the campus, I am able to hear all sorts of languages from Chinese to Spanish to Swedish.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have only personally visited the Student Health Center once since I have attended UCSB and I enjoyed it. All of the workers were very nice and were helpful. I believe our health and safety on and off campus is very good because we have never had major problems. Even if our school contains a certain sickness, we have the opportunity to get vaccination shots at many different times. Also, our school provides a safety escort service 24/7 as well as very lit pathways and streets. There are on campus cops that help keep the community safe and secure. I feel like UCSB is a very safe campus and healthy campus because I never have to worry about sicknesses or getting injured.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Weather: Are you kidding? Isla Vista has one of the best weather climates in the world. For an example, the average this week is 83 degreed Fahrenheit, and it doesn't get too hot because the university is right on the beach. The rainfall is very minimum and the weather rarely falls under fifty degrees Fahrenheit at night. One may need a jacket rarely in the winter and a bathing suit in the summer. I love the weather in Isla Vista and would never trade it for a different climate zone.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic department plays a big role in the community at University of California Santa Barbara. For an example, the average attendance at the UCSB soccer games is 5,500 people. Athletic events like this is not just a game, but an opportunity for the school to come together and unite as one. The university is known for competing in the division 1 level, which is the most competitive division in the NCAA. The fan support and spirit is one of the best in the nation with the power to fill no matter what stadium whether it is Harder Stadium, the Thunder Dome, or Rob's Gym. The athletic department is one of the best in the nation and I am proud and honored to be personally involved.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs around campus. However, sometimes they do get full. The wireless network of the school is pretty reliable although there are some spots on campus where you cannot connect to it. There are plenty of places to print your work if you do not own a printer. Some of these are free and others are not. A personal computer is definitely a bonus and a convenience but if something where to happen to it, I believe it would not be to hard to survive without it.

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3 College Student

Transportation: A bit far from home, not a big deal though

4 College Student

Athletics: Great experience with clubs and sports. School spirited

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Very relaxing, friendly enviroment. Great location

1 person found this useful Report
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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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