Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3060 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is overall a good center for fun and partying in Isla Vista.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There are a ton of dorms to choose from. I lived at Santa Catalina which is the farthest dorm (about a mile from campus) but is an easy 15 minute bike ride or you can take the bus like I did for free! Santa Catalina has it's own bathroom in the suite of 4 people, which is great so you don't have to share like the on campus dorms with like 15 people.

I also lived in Manzanita Village sophomore year (which freshmen can live in too.) It's like a house style and also has your own bathroom that's outside your room.

All the dorms I've heard are pretty fun and close to class (except Santa Catalina)

It really is personal preference as to what you want first, proximity or easy living (ex: own bathroom)

3 College Senior

Diversity: The majority of the school is Caucasian but most people are generally very accepting of people's sexual orientation and ethnic background. The political stance of the campus is mostly democratic and non religious.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Thus far I've had a rather positive experiences with the local police force there doesn't seem to be very strict or overbearing.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The college town Isla Vista is kinda sketchy at night. We get emails and text alerts if something has happened such as a robbery, etc.

CSOs will walk you anywhere for free if you call them, which is a GREAT service. It's no questions asked and is 24 hours. So amazing. If you have a bike with you, they will bike with you.

Campus itself is extremely safe!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Although the cost of housing in Isla Vista is expensive there are a wide variety of rentals within walking distance of campus and with a roommate or two it is quite affordable.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Great gym and great little places to simply sit and watch the waves while you study.

5 College Senior

Academics: I am personally in love with my major. Being in the BFA Acting program is an extremely challenging and rewarding gift. Everyday I am faced with a task that I never would have thought I could accomplish, helping me grow stronger in body, mind, and soul. Though there are cuts the first year of the program, having auditioned, gotten in, and made it through every cut has made me value myself more as a human being.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors and staff really make a point to get to know their students on an intimate level, and the curriculums are designed to help students grow to their fullest potential.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Going to UCSB is like living in dream-land while you receive the education of a lifetime.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The university is literally on the beach and on the top floors of the library, you can study while having an ocean view. As a student you can get free access to a bus which leads you to the infamous State Street which is like a mall in Santa Barbara. Adjacent to the campus is Isla Vista where most of the parties occur.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are fantastic in my school and all students get unlimited access to the bus lines. However, the buses stop at around 9 at night and start again at around 6 in the morning which leaves some people needing to call a taxi. There are also less buses during the weekends which is when most students need them.

3 College Senior

Diversity: UCSB is extremely diverse compared to other campuses.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is extremely friendly. It is a chill environment; however, it's hard to actually find a good person to date

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid is given; but it is not as easy as I thought it would be

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is not so bad. The police force are usually nice

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very knowledgeable in their subject fields. Most curriculum are flexible and very easy to complete. The workload is extremely manageable and I have had no problems with getting A's in my classes. However, obtaining the specified classes you want and the times you want is nearly impossible.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a psychology major and the classes have been very helpful. However, the only thing that would be better is the ability to find clubs where I could meet other people in my major who have similar career goals to myself. I would like knowledge about how to get into grad school and be better prepared for the future.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not too apparent at the University of California Santa Barbara. If you want to do drugs, they are available. However, most students choose to drink or smoke. Hard and serious drugs are able to be found if you want them, however most of the population of the school chooses otherwise.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits are expensive, and Isla Vista May be free but parking is either expensive or scarce.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Mens soccer is pretty big, and everyone knows that our sports teams are good. There isn't always a big turn out, and no Football team.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: On campus mostly I've only seen students smoke. But at the dorms I have smelled weed before; it's not an uncommon thing though. But I'd say that most of the drug scene takes place in Isla Vista. It's huge there.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: This campus offers a variety of different clubs and organizations one can be involved in. The library has many different places to study & is going to be renewed.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: you need to have a meal plan to eat at the dining commons which is overpriced. but the ucenn has subway dominoes jamba juice panda express etc. i wish they had more healthy options

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: there is such a variety of people here at ucsb that you can definitely find a group to fit in and connect with. alot of cute sufers and chillers out in iv


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Louie Tamayo
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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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