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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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.

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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.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would choose UCSB all over again because the people there are so generous abd its next to the beach. The environment is so welcomeing!

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: I commute in the Vista bus. I wish their availability was greater. It would really help me get the college experience.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live on or off campus housing. I commute from Oxnard and i still live with my family.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I do not live on campus. I commute from Oxnard California so i do not get to go out at night and party.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: This institute is accepting in the different aspects of ones chatacteristics and orientations as it is seen in the everyday life of my college experience. Students walk with other students that are not always from the same ethnicity as the one they are from. Also, students from the same sex carrie themselves with dignity and it is a normal seen on campus. It is a welcomeing feeling that gives the students tranquility to express themselves without fear.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is really good and convenience, go with 14

College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't like greek life

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone is nice and friendly and kind!

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are people of many races at UCSB, and this contributes greatly to the diversity there. Though this may be true, there is still a large caucasian population. That being said, I think UCSB is one of the most inclusive campuses in the US- students and faculty are laidback and willing to accept anybody!

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: People at UCSB are very laid back, but they also know how to study. During midterm and finals season, you'll find studious peers all around campus, but throughout the year you'll find some of the friendliest faces around campus.

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: UCSB is awesome! I met people from all around the world who shared my interests, and was fortunate to have been involved in many different organizations.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The police/campus administration aren't too strict. This leads to increased levels of underage drinking and though this creates a vibrant social scene it also leads to more risky situations.

4 College Senior

Majors: I love the geography department, I am happy to know that it is one of the best in the nation. I am doing GIS and I don't think I will have a problem finding a job. Lots of internship opportunities with ucsb geog as well.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food gets tiring, but I do like that there are vegetarian options.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's a lot of outdoorsy activities you can do on your off time or weekends. The beach is extremely accessible (it's pretty much a part of campus), and there are always new running trails that lead you to amazing views. A lot of people go out to party on the weekends, but if that's not your thing, options are a little more limited. A twenty minute bus ride takes you to downtown SB where you can get a lot of shopping done, but if you want to go anywhere else, you might want to bring up a car. Overall, SB is pretty sleepy. There are a lot of events and programs school organizations and clubs put on but sometimes, there's just nothing new to do.

Also, the closest Target is 40 min. away. (there are alternatives but still.)

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather will range from low sixties in the winter to high eighties in the summer. It's perfectly picturesque at any point in between. The minus is for the wind. Luckily the Santa Ana winds don't blow year round and it usually isn't too bad...until you try to bike against it and things are flying in your eyes and you're not going anywhere. But on most days, the weather welcomes outdoor activities.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Having a Plus Plan on your access card is very convenient, especially when you don't have time or the appetite for dining commons. Although the price of eating out every day can quickly add up, there is a large variety of food and restaurants to add something new to your day.

Dining commons serve pretty good/decent food, but it gets old after a couple months.

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1 College Senior

Parking: The parking is ok, there's no problem finding parking on campus... it's the price and the fines that suck. Along with time restriction. For example most lots you can't park until 5:00pm and the fines are getting out of control. The permits have gone up in price since I've been here.

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3 College Senior

Majors: Because the engineering program at this campus is one of the best in the nation, it is difficult to declare the major. The prerequisites and standards are really high. A GPA of 3.7 in the lower division classes is needed to declare it if not already accepted in the program from high school

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: My freshmen year was awesome, I lived in a dormitory that was relatively new to campus and the living situation was just amazing and easy to get used to.

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5 College Senior

Majors: I love it, the engineering program here is one of the rigorous programs in the nation. The professors are amazing and seem to really care about the program and the students. Assignments are rather long and challenging but they do the job at teaching us how to think.

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Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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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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