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

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus is great. very independent

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus will be your best friend when you want to go downtown.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love my major. Accounting is tough but worth the trouble.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It isn't impossible but worth the struggle!

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Thank Jesus for financial aid. I wouldn't be here without it

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is amazing! Lots of different options

5 College Freshman

Computers: Great computers and internet but bring your own! You just never know

5 College Freshman

Diversity: We have a wide variety of people on campus, they're all awesome

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Just smile and people will swarm to you

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you need to bring a car get your own parking space!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: GO TO THE SOCCER GAMES!

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Deltopia has brought negative views but the security is great!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You will never run out of options!

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living in the dorms! So many new friends!

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: For the area transportation was okay but being from a bigger city the transportation cannot compare.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: UCSB gave me okay financial aid. It often took a minute to receive it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: There are a lot of activities to get involve in.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: It is by the beach.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Almost everybody goes to the gym. We have the state of the art gym. Soccer and Basketball are the major sporting events that everybody attends.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are a lot of computer labs available around campus that students do not know about. It is relatively cheap to print.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I had a lot of fun at school and learned a lot. It was nice to be away from everybody.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greeks do not run things at UCSB. Everybody likes to have a good time, which makes it good for people not into Greek life. Some Greeks have been known to throw good parties but you can only really get in if you're a girl or a guy that knows somebody.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I got an internship in my second year. It is definitely possible, you just have to put some effort in. The career center could be better at helping people.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I end up not like my major that much because it became repetitive. I would choose a different major that would offer more job offers if I had the chance to do it all over again.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants in Isla Vista can be pricey. There is only one fast food option which is Subway. Most people frequent Freebirds, Sams to Go and Woodstocks. As a person use to living in LA and getting cheap Mexican food, these places can be a little pricey. Isla Vista does offer a variety of foods like sushi, Mexican, pizza, hamburgers and Indian.

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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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