Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3061 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Facilities: Most of the buildings are gorgeous with top of the line athletic centers. The library is even being redone and is going to be amazing once its finished in 2016. A few of the buildings are run down though, but they are usually used less that others.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The beach is beautiful but other than that, there's really nothing to do unless you go into Santa Barbara. Goleta is super dead

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not super dominant here, it's easy to find parties without being in a sorority however, it is more necessary for guys than girls because they have a harder time getting into parties. It is becoming more and more popular though

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's lots of things to do at night whether you want to party or not.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I personally like the shorties the most. They're all pretty much the same but they're on campus. The rooms are neither that big or that small. Housing is really expensive though.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is reasonable, there are sufficient amount of spots, you can either buy a yearly pass if you know you are going to be driving to class every day and it's at a reasonable price or you can buy a pass for the day. Reasonable prices and parking spots in great locations.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Okay so there are about 5 dining commons for our campus, and one is outside the campus and placed on an all-freshmen dormitory, Santa Catalina, I happened to live there my first year and I have to be honest it wasn't all that great which is expected. There were nights where the dinner was great, like Mexican nights and Breakfast for dinner nights, but other times there really wasn't much variety, and the menu repeated a lot. Still, you can't really complain, the availability was an A, because we could easily access the dining common. I definitely thought the two meals a day plan was sufficient.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments in Goleta, which is the city near UCSB, varies in realtors and prices. This is my first year living off-campus and so far I am loving that extra freedom I have compared to on-campus housing. It's not too expensive, I actually save a couple bucks living off-campus and it helps me be more responsible. I am a little far from campus but that just depends on how much you are willing to pay and how close you want to be to that late-night atmosphere students can get into, because it can get pretty loud out there. The realtors know they are dealing with college students, so they make everything really easy for you and help you out which is great!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara is the perfect location, the weather is perfect the atmosphere and people are so beautiful. The beach is part of the University of California- Santa Barbara's campus! We have a college city called Isla Vista, this is where all the students from UCSB hang out, tons of food options from Subway to Freebirds and more ma' and pa' restaurants like Rosaritos. There is always something going on in this area, Santa Barbara is always so alive. Biggest sport in UCSB is soccer, no football unfortunately, but the love for soccer around here makes it up. Overall, I love UCSB it is my home away from home! GAUCHOS! <3

4 College Sophomore

Weather: We get rain like 10 days a year. During the winter it's half cloudy half sunny most of the time. Otherwise it's really warm and sunny all the time. Winds are pretty strong and annoying sometimes though.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Team performance is generally really good. School spirit is huge, and lots of professional athletes have graduated and come back to visit UCSB. We even had the Sacramento Kings have their summer training camp this past summer (2013) right on campus! Only gripe I would have is that we don't have a football team.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: Although I have just declared this major, I would say I am fairly happy with my decision because I enjoy mathematics and statistics very much. I think one negative part of it, as far as I know, is that I would really like to study abroad and because all of the classes for my major are already pre-set, I am not sure whether the classes I take while abroad will be accepted by the department or not.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think athletics is a very big par of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Although we do not have a football team, we have many other varsity sports on our campus. For example, our varsity soccer team is in Division I, and has won many competitions. In addition, many of the students participate in intramural teams as well as sport clubs. Furthermore, many students exercise on a regular bases and play sports with their friends. I believe that as much as 80% of our student body is involved in athletics, one way or the other.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into the Financial Mathematics and Statistics program at UCSB is fairly easy. I simply had to go to the Mathematics department and tell them I wanted to declare this major, and they automatically accepted me as a pre-major. In order to receive a full major status, I need to finish all of the pre-major classes with at least a 2.5 GPA, as long as I pass all of the classes. My program does not have any abnormal application processes to my knowledge, and the tips I would offer for admission to the major would be for the students to get good grades and do well in classes.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had any internships in my career so far. However, I am planning on having internships to gain more experience in my major and job field. Having an internship would greatly increase my ability to get a job, as I would be becoming more qualified with the experience I gain. The only concern I have about finding an internship is that I have not taken classes in my major yet, and therefore do not have any experience. Many internships require experience, which I do not currently have. I have also not had any professional training positions. However, I have worked as a peer student worker in my senior year of high school, but not in Santa Barbara.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I just declared my major, Financial Mathematics and Statistics, the beginning of this school year, which was two weeks ago. This quarter I am taking my first classes based on this major, so I do not have much experience with it. However, I have been to the Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics departments of my school to receive academic advising, and the advisors I have met at all three of the departments were very considerate and helpful. As a part of my career, I would like to work for a big firm or a company as a statistician or a financial advisor, preferably working for an international company. In addition, I would like to have international work experience as a part of my career.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not completed an internship at UCSB but there are many opprotunites presented to me

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is crime on campus but the school has set up digital alerts and a volunteer police force on campus

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Most of the food from the dining commons is delicious. There's four halls to choose from, so there's a variety of food options, and there's easily accessible ice cream or frozen yogurt in all of them. They did however serve gross tasting mashed potatoes once, and the pad thai was a little gross.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The selection is great; the coastal pricing is bad.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: I find there to be rather ample diversity and a simple feel of tolerance. SB's a chill city and the general student population reflects that.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: My upperclassmen classes seem awesome. I love that in addition to the lecture, there's smaller discussion sessions. The one underclassmen class I have has 800 people and a ridiculous grading policy- only the top 6% of students get an A. I hate that.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have yet to experience campus strictness. The only police officer I saw was simply being informative to people who passed about the on campus policies so as to avoid a ticket. Nothing too gnarly so far.

College Junior

Computers: I haven't had to use the computers on campus. I don't live far from school and I have my ideal working environment at home.

3 College Junior

Parking: I'm usually early to class and haven't had a hard time finding parking.


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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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