Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are great, the classes are fast paced, and there is a good variety of class choices. Science classes have an insane workload, but apart from that the load is reasonable, and there is a good variety in th popular areas of study.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of housing available through the school, but its overpriced. On the other hand there is a lot of cheap housing close by but its not good quality.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Nightlife: In both Isla Vista and downtown there is always a lot going on, and everyone has a great time. Everything is close enough that you could bus or walk.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a wide variety of Frats and sororities and they are for the most part very fun and laid back, pledging is tough, but once you get in they treat you well. The houses range from well kept to gross, but it all depends on which group you join.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: I applied as undeclared, and got in very easily, but as a student in this position it is diffucult to get the classes that I'm interested in, there are restrictions on a lot of courses that make it hard to find what you want.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: Workload is diffucult in the science fields, and a vast majority of it is busywork. The diffuculty of some of the courses has caused many students I know to change their majors.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus everyone feels very safe, but in Isla Vista the atmosphere is a lot more harsh, and can sometimes feel threatening. However the foot patrol cops there are very present and prevent a lot of crime before it occurs.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: The busses run almost 24/7, will take you anywhere, and most drivers are helpful and good to students. We are provided with free bus transportation as part of being a student and because of this the busses are usually full of other students, making the atmosphere friendly and safe.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: The recreational facilities are great and full of nice, reliable equipment, and competitive sports get a lot of support from the student body.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus is very laid back and understanding so long as your activities don't disrupt those around you. They do crack down on plagiarism, most teachers use sites like turnitin for large papers ect.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Our college is very open about the party scene, and many students participate, but the campus and many student organizations organize constant events for students who want to get away from the party scene. In the dorms the no drugs/ no alcohol policy is enforced relatively well but in Isla Vista there is little to no enforcement.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking around here is limited and costs more than its worth, but in this atmosphere having a car doesn't give students much of an advantage. Its very easy and time effective to bike around campuses, and we are provided with free bussing as a part of tuition, which makes it extremely easy to get around without a car.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: The school as whole is extremely liberal, and our student body is one of the most diverse in california. We have a good amount of international students and out of states, as well as a wide range of economic backgrounds.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: Its freezing in the mornings and nights, but turns into a sauna during the day. If you have early classes, its very difficult to wear something warm enough to bike to school in that you will still be comfortable wearing when it heats up later.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The culture and life of the area in goleta and Santa Barbara are both simply great, the people are extremely considerate to UCSB students and I feel welcome wherever I go. The local shops and restaurants are all pleasant and affordable, and many of them hire students regularly. In Isla Vista no holiday goes uncelebrated and everyone has a great time.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: It is more than mediocre. It is between okay and good.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Computers: The computer availability and wifi is acceptable.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Parking: Terrible. The parking is so far from your classes. Isla Vista was not created with the intent of street parking, so that is a mess. It is an overall disaster.

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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