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

Majors: I just changed my major so i'm still going to see how the global studies classes are.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: UCSB has a variety of programs you can get involved in. It also has lots of job and internship opportunities.

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1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I give this a horrible grade because why party when all you do is get drunk? You don't remember anything the day after, so how could that have been fun. Plus, many girls get taken advantage of.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of choices to eat off campus. From excellent organic places to pizza parlors.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The Dining Halls serve almost always the same food. Sometimes they have something new. The school also has small carts and marts on campus which is useful when you are on your way to class & need something to quiet your hunger.

3 College Junior

Diversity: This is such a multifaceted issue that it's hard to give it a grade that's fair.
Race: with regards to race, UCSB is definitely not the most diverse place in the world. The majority of people I see are Caucasian and Asian, with very few African-Americans. Other races make up a small percentage of the student body. However, on campus there are a lot of ethnic clubs for people of different races.
Acceptance: most people are very accepting here. The majority are respectful of people for being different / of a different race / sexuality / gender.
Economic background: people don't care whether you're rich or poor here. At least I don't!
Religion: the majority of people I know aren't religious at all for the most part, but I've never seen people discriminated against for their religion.
Sexual orientation: we have a QSU and lots of resources for the LGBTQ community.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms are in pretty good locations. They are all next to a dining common which is very convenient.

5 College Junior

Weather: great weather year round. Rarely rains and doesn't last more then a few days.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Friendly and Will Keep You Busy – UCSB seems to have a lot of activities on campus and that allows the students to keep busy and get away from the stress of school work. It is located on the beach so there is plenty to do there. There are also opportunities to go play sports and other outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking. The people there seem to give off a friendly vibe and open to new comers, which is important for an incoming freshman.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Biking is convenient, recently repaved a few bike paths which makes it nice. Traffic isn't really enforced here, stop signs are ignored by bikers. Bus is ok, I'd rather not take it, isn't strictly on schedule and takes forever if every stop has people. Airport and Amtrak station are way convenient to get to however.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Food is good but meal plan is restricting. Meals don't roll over. Best dining hall is Carillo if you're going here. Hours are good.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are many forms of transportation at UCSB. There are buses that take you to various locations free of charge for UCSB students. There are also taxi's to take you to the airport and other locations as well.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: At UCSB, only about 3 percent of the school population is greek! They are known for having higher gpa's than non-greek students though. They also have really nice houses and throw a lot of parties!

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is definitely a step up from high school cafeteria food but it can still get pretty tiring, My advice is to get creative and change things up every now and then. For example, each dining commons has a salad bar where you can make numerous combinations of salads.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are strict biking rules that have to be followed on campus in the surrounding college town. If you are caught riding your bike or skateboard where it is prohibited you can get a fine. I had a friend who had to attend biking school!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: At UCSB no one ever gets bored. On the weekends one can go downtown to shop or either just go to the beach to swim or go kayaking, there are a lot of restaurants and shops on downtown, there is a Santa Barbara mission a few min away from the school, there is a zoo, and its surrounded by the beach which gives us a pleasant weather. Also UCSB is known as a party school which I think we do live up to that reputation. UCSB there are really friendly people everywhere.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Whenever there is a sport event there is a lot of enthusiasm towards them, there is free stuff given away, a lot of people go to support our teams especially soccer , and basketball, volleyball, baseball, and water polo. There is a specific gym for athletes and another two for students.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses come every half an hour so they are reliable. However, there are only 1 main bus stop on campus so you might get dropped off far from some of your classes but overall i say they are convenient. i loved biking around santa barbara so i did not take the bus often

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: you dont need to go greek to have fun and make friends at UCSB especially if you are a girl.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in the south catalina dorm my freshman year. i loved every single thing about it except the fact that it was a mile away from campus. I also did not like that our meal plans at UCSB did not roll over and the meal swipes went to waste when we did not use them.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is way too expensive. It is on campus and extremely close to the dorms and classes but not worth the permit which only lasts a quarter. A car is not really needed, unless you are too lazy to walk to Isla Vista.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are 4 dining commons: DLG, Ortega, Carillo and Portola. The food varies depending on which common you go to. DLG is usually the choice of many people out in campus, the food is hit or miss but most of the time bearable. Carillo is usually heralded by people as the greatest dining common on campus but is considerably far if you are not living in Manzanita Village or off-campus. Portola, I hear, is horrible but only people living in FT have to deal with it. DLG offers late night from 9pm-12am so thats cool. The food is good at first but like any other college, you get tired of it. Your meals are pre-bought so you have like 14 meals at $12 each and if you don't use them within the week they're gone.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's not exactly a college town, but it has a feel for college students. IV is the epitome of SB. Where many college kids live and party. The beach isn't too far and the landscape overall is beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received financial aid. Be sure to make appointments and in-person contact. It's not like high school with someone hassling you.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I am very involved with cultural clubs on campus, so I see the diversity. However, this school is known for having blonde surfer types, while this is true it does not encompass the whole school.

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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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