Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3069 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Academics: All of the classes that are offered at my school are very diverse and interesting. There are some classes that I never would think to take and yet those are the ones im the most interested in.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity Sports at UCSB don't hold the appeal of other schools. There is no football team and the Basketball and Baseball teams are pretty mediocre. The highlight of the sports teams however is the Soccer team. The games are always fun and exciting. IM sports are also a big part of the school, however that depends on whether or not you participate in them.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Featuring 5 Nobel Prize Winners and top ten programs in engineering and physics UCSB has a very high academic standard. It is also very good at sociology and economics.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've always felt pretty safe on campus. The Police are usually perfectly nice. The only problems often arise from out of town people.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Everyone is pretty laid back here. No strictness unless things really get out of hand.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Good mix of attractive looking people who want to have fun but also want to learn or experience as much as they can

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Crowded during finals but what school isn't like that.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No one really cares. Everyone just parties in Isla Vista.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing and Residential services does an amazing job of creating a home for residents. The residence halls on campus have a great atmosphere and is where many people make lifelong friends. They also strive to make the housing process very simple and do a great job of pairing room mates for the worst part. Many first years do live in Santa Catalina, a residence hall located a mile away at West campus but is a beautiful place to live. However I would recommend trying to live in the on campus residence halls (Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Nicolas, San Miguel, Anacapa) as an incoming first year,

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Isla Vista is an amazing community and can be so much fun for all who get to visit it. However many out of towners and other people who don't respect the community and view it more as a place to party instead of a place where people live work and study can make it dangerous. I wouldn't recommend walking home alone although I have always done it, but the Campus Security Officers are just a quick phone call away and are willing to walk you anywhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to UCSB having heard many times over the partying reputation that it has, but upon starting school I realized people seem to play hard because they work so hard. A staff including 5 nobel laureates and many researchers that take their work and research very seriously makes for a rigorous academic environment. That being said there are many resources available including professors and teaching assistants that are always willing to answer questions and lend a helping hand. The Campus Learning Assisted Services (CLAS) program helps tremendously especially in science and math. Class sizes aren't the smallest but there are many ways to get help in a more one on one setting without any cost out of pocket.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is alright at best. We have parking structures.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife here is all about going out with your friends having a ton of fun. No complaints.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are mostly whites at the school, but everybody is very accepting toward each other.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The beach, modern science facilities and amazing study spots

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful and the academics are top notch.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is hard to come by in such a large public university. The office is difficult to deal with, but that is expected.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is undeniable that most of the campus is Caucasian. That being said, the campus seems to be very accepting of people of all different backgrounds. I am Hispanic and I have never felt that I have been denied any opportunities due to my race. Also, UCSB is one of the most accepting campuses as far as sexual orientation. People are generally happy and although problems occasionally arise, diversity is not a prominent issue.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I cannot begin to describe how much I love the campus community. I have always felt welcome; that is something not many people can say about their schools. When my friends visit they are in shock by the dynamic. I would never want to be anywhere else.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara is a great city to be in. Everything in town is right on the beach and who wouldn't love that. State street is the perfect place to go downtown for shopping and great restaurants or just for a night out.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There aren't too many clubs but there are always house parties within walking distance from the school that cost you nothing to get into.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most of the campus is Caucasian. But of course, there are also other ethnicities here. Many people seem to be a part of no religion or if they claim to be, they don't really take a part of it.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's safe on campus. I've never felt otherwise. Most of the campus crime, I'd say would happen during the late night hours. So it's always much safer to be with someone else if you are out late.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: UCSB is known nation-wide as a party school. And it lives up to its reputation, however, the drug scene is out there if you are looking for it. If you want to avoid it, that is not a problem at all.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs close early, around 5 in most places. However, there are many computer labs that almost no one knows about or goes to, so they are rarely crowded.


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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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