Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Santa Barbara is always changing. I hate the wind, but the sun is usually always out, and sitting by the beach in any weather is fine with me!

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Many people believe that UCSB is all about the drug scene. However, while most people do use drugs, half or more than half of them do not use drugs.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My school has offered me a good amount of financial aid at some point, but I am still unable to afford my tuition and fees even with the loans. Some tips for students: Do not rely on financial aid. Taking out loans is scary but everyone does it! Make sure to complete all of your Financial aid information early because it is a long and hectic process.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Although I am not a user of alcohol or any other drugs, the night life in Santa Barbara is beautiful and there is always something to do!

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off campus restaurants that cater to students wants and financial situations.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: there is nothing wrong with the computers on campus the labs are usually very crowded.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is amazing. It makes studying a little difficult because you want to be out in the sunshine. The ocean weather is a great catalyst for outdoor adventures on the weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus but right off campus is where all the thefts and assaults happen. The campus police are always available no matter the circumstance or the time.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: UCSB offers aid, but I have had difficult receiving it.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses run fairly frequently but not always on time.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is a lot of partying and attacks but the campus resources help provide awareness.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There isn't a significant bar/club scene at UCSB, you would have take a 30 minute ride to downtown Santa Barbara for bars and clubs. However, underage nightlife is a very prominent. There are a vast number of house parties thrown right off campus.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The adjacent community of Isla Vista is geared towards off-campus housing for UCSB. There are many houses and apartment complexes full of students. The community is fairly small, so most people are close to campus. It's pretty easy to find an apartment in IV, however all housing is very expensive and landlords are known to have a bad reputation.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life doesn't really affect the social atmosphere at UCSB, the university overall is full of very social students who contribute. Greek life does contribute to the party scene, but they aren't depended upon for the party scene. It definitely gives you some status to be in a frat or sorority and most of them have chapter houses with available housing.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a significant drug scene at UCSB. The usage of drugs and alcohol is high due to the fact that the school has a huge party scene. Although there is some peer pressure, there are still many students who don't take part in the drug and alcohol scene.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: If you have the smarts to be an engineer, or enter the health/science field, do it! Otherwise it's always going to be a concern, just network as much as you can with people, that's how you'll find a job.

1 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The most important criteria was just the IGETC. I'm a Communcations major, so it was probably the easiest program to get into. We all start as Pre-Communications, due to the courses needed to become a full on Communications major. Nothing abnormal, I literally applied for it and was awared Pre-Comm immeadiately.

Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: A bit of a hassle, and the deadlines were not what they were expected to be. I remember freaking out until I received my aid. Once awarded, it gets easier, it's just a matter of making it happen.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: Yes, I think the internship is the big key to getting your foot in the door anywhere. Even if it's partially realted to your major, get the experience. Experience at times, can really boost up your resume. I have many concerns, it seems like students saturate every aspect of college, there's so many of us, and only so many opportunities. Make the most of what you get, network with as many people as you know, and try to avoid pay to work internships, they're ridiculous.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara is not the hugest place but guess what we are an hour from LA. If that's not enough we have located right next to the beach, and the pier. Downtown SB is a great place to hang around, and relax with lots of shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre! If you don't like the city, or the beach then you can also drive about one hour into the mountains where you can camp by the lake or go on hikes. There is lots to do, and it's easy to get around!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are people of many races, and bakcgrounds. We also have a lot of international students. We are a diverse campus with a large LGBT community.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Lots of access to bus and train stations, and almost everything you need is within biking distance. However parking permits both off and on campus are ridiculously expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe, and I have very easy access to health services.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Free bus transportation as long as you get your sticker.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: UCSB has the best parties. You will meet people from all over the state that come to party. Halloween and Deltopia are the biggest parties we have I've never been to any of the clubs but there are plenty for 18+


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Louie Tamayo
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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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