Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3061 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: UCSB is known as a party school and drugs and alcohol can be smelt in a lot of places.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is dark in a lot of places and can be scary when biking alone at night.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not many policies are enforced.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: A lot of people just get drunk.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amazing location and academic success.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Academics: Great enviorment to help you succeed.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Greek Life: The Greek life is okay.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UCSB is next to some of the best towns.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UCSB holds a very strict policy when it comes towards underage drinking and the usage of illegal substances.

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Transportation: At my school we don't have any type of transportation that will take you anywhere long distance.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: It's nice that each quarter gives a student 200 free pages at certain print stations. However, computers aren't always available, and having a laptop is a must.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The student is a nice place to grab a place to eat, to use the computer lab, and to study. If there is a place one needs to find to study, they will be able to find one. I personally enjoy reading in the UCen as it has that little buzz of voices that isn't distracting, and also not painfully quiet.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Any students that live off-campus will surely live in Isla Vista. While the prices are much better than living in the resident halls, you have to be careful when it's the weekend and night. Keep your doors and windows locked. The location is great, the neighborhood has plenty of restaurants near it and is close enough to campus.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is really good here. There's also a zipcar station at each major residence cluster.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If staff/resident assistants don't see you doing anything you shouldn't be doing (i.e. underage drinking) then they don't really care. Nobody purposely goes after students to try and get them in trouble generally.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was very easy, I just filled and submitted FAFSA.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: While some of the older facilities are in need of some upgrading, they're well maintained and still very much functional. Some of the newer buildings are really nice.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great food, lots of variety, and pretty good vegetarian options.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Beautiful campus and location, great vibes, lots to do.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: Convenient computer areas and fast Wi-Fi. However, it's necessary to have your own laptop.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Police are present to bust parties and parking citations are common.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of the campus life. Everything is much more competitive.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: I am nit involved as much as i would like too because i commute and i dont have enough money to do so. I wish i did. I would join crosscountry because running is my passion.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel extremely secure on campus. I have nothing to fear.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was a great deal of paperwork and everything is so expensive. In the end i was able to recieve my financial aid.

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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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