Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3065 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: There is a specific interface for financial aid that students can easily use to evaluate their awards. It'd be great if more money was available for aid in general, but that's a longshot.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many people participate but there isn't a sense of pressure to, mostly just personal decision. Campus has very prominent and helpful drug and alcohol programs.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very pricey for college student budgets, landlords take advantage of our being young, many old homes that need a lot of repairs and have hazards. Location is prime, a very lively and entertaining town.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: University has no intellectual atmosphere. Generally, most people are uninteresting. The campus lacks "culture".

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: It's not bad. Free printing!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The university does have rules, and if you break them, you will be punished accordingly.

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1 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus lacks good art. Most of the buildings on campus are really short and lack the sort of awe that most people would expect college campuses to inspire. The lagoon is kinda cute when you catch it reflecting the sun at the right angle. There really isn't any glorious art piece or building on campus that would remind you that you're at an important educational institution (which UCSB actually is). The library is being renovated. It's not very aesthetically pleasing. From the 8th floor you can see the beach a little bit, which is cool. Overall architecture of the school is just bad. There are no giant shady trees to sit under: most of the trees really look like bare babies. There are a good amount of chairs in the student center.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have a football team, but we have soccer games.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food all starts tasting the same after the 2nd week.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have had no problems so far, but we do get occasional warnings about robberies, attacks, etc.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UCSB is in the middle of nowhere. If you're used to being in a city environment, it will take a while to adjust to the quiet here. Right outside of campus is Isla Vista where you can buy food. If you want to go to Kmart, you have to take the bus. If you want to go shopping on State Street (which is actually a very impressive block of shops), it takes around 40 mins- 1 hour to get there by bus, but that's the only accessible place near UCSB with actual things to do. SB is very bohemian, so if you're into that, then that's good. But if you were looking for a college experience full of exploring museums, history, culture, etc., UCSB does not have too much of that.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great places, however, prices are not very good. Also, there is a lack of variety in choices.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I would prefer a more visible Fall, Winter and Summer, but I'm not gonna complain about 70 degree weather year round. However, the campus looks very grey and dull during the winter time when it rains. And, as someone coming from SoCal, high 70 degree weather just doesn't cut it for summer.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People act like idiots when they're intoxicated. Don't be surprised if someone walking down the hall of your dorm building starts harassing you or starts doing something stupid.RA's are somewhat good are cracking down these things, though.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Average. Nothing particularly special--nothing particularly bad.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Underclassmen dorms lack truly ambitious or interesting students--that's how I felt my freshman year, anyway. Cliques form quickly and it gets pretty rowdy--pretty much reminds you of high school. Upperclassmen dorms are quiet, which can be nice, but sometimes it feels...too quiet.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: DP gets boring--quickly. There are bars off campus, though.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are some great professors, but in terms of intellectual activity on campus, it's lacking.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most professors are great. Go to office hours and pay attention in lecture to see what geniuses your professors really are.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's okay. There are some lots near the dorms, which makes it convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is great. You can walk around campus late at night to go to the library or something and feel safe. The campus is deserted at night, except for the occasional person on foot or bike. There's also the CSOs, who you can call free of charge 24/7 and they'll send someone to walk or bike with you anywhere on campus or in IV.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm an anthropology major and i love it. The classes have been super interesting and the professors have been really sweet. They seem to genuinely love the field they teach and be very knowledgable about it. There's lots of opportunities to do work in the field with your professors and the department lets you know if there are special opportunities to work with professors, space in classes, and field school opportunities for summer.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: We're mostly know for our engineering, hard science, and environmental science programs, but our other programs are great and growing. The workload varies greatly depending on the class. In my experience, lower division classes are alot more work than upper division ones. You have to take alot of GEs, so you get exposure to a wide range of subjects.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: While on campus, the drug scene is practically nonexistent. People sometimes smoke pot in their dorms. How much of this goes on depends on which dorm you stay in. Some are tamer than others. If you get caught, the punishment can be severe. I.V is a different story. It depends how deep you get into the partying scene and who you hang out with, but more serious drugs are definitely available.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is outrageously expensive and unreasonable. Don't bring a car unless you are rich.

5 people found this useful Report

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Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
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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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