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

Facilities: On and around campus, UCSb is beyond beautiful, it's on an amazing beach and it's nearly always sunny. Also nowhere is more fun than IV. Oh by the way it's one of the top public schools in the country academically.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most of the Nightlife is only for the students who are 21. I mean one could still have fun at a party but it would be cool to have a place where anyone could hang out not just those who are 21.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation is really good around here. Buses are always passing by to take students to the school.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus isn't that big so everything is pretty accessible. Walking from one end of the campus to the other end would probably take around 15-20 minutes. Most people here bike in the many paths on and around campus since they're everywhere, and conveniently located. If you need to take the bus you get a free bus sticker that lets you ride the buses for free. They're usually timely, the only problem would be that they don't pass as often as you'd like.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They defenitly help alot with apartments especially ones they own

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great, they really offer a diverse amount of places to eat.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: the food pretty much sucks, and the fast food places get old fast

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We often joke here saying it's the land of beautiful people. There are many types of girls and guys. Relationships are also different. Some people want to be steady, while others look for flings.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: When it's sunny, everyone is happy. People are seen walking everywhere.
When it's rainy, the campus seems deserted. Though there is hardly any rain.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into the major was not that hard. Though I hear from peers that the science programs are very tough to get into.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: For the Highly social characters, UCSB is a great place to be. The constant partying and drinking can get annoying though.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: If you lived in a bigger city like LA this is totally different very college town, approximately five to seven clubs or bars small but pretty cool. 20-25 minutes from campus, IV is great if you live on campus or IV the social life there is great especially if your between 18-22.

College Senior

Athletics: It's kind of non existence if there but not as valuable as UCLA or other schools.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: UCSB is very aware of safety and Drug Counseling, education and all of the above is available to students to help them cope and live a drug free life. Its still practiced and to be honest you will find drugs in any school you will attend even the religious schools, the only difference is that they don't talk about it. I went to Catholic School in my youth and you would be impressed what was going on.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: As I have said it before IV smells and looks shitty but great scene for parties and socializing. If looking for clean go towards downtown, housing in IV is about 600-700 for share room in a house might be able to find one a private room which is rare, also don't have valuables around people steal s*** alot there. Also Quarter system so manage you time right or can get expelled, I have seen alot of people fall into that trap. Regarding Dorms I never did that, I lived in IV and did the Fraternity thing and now live in Downtown for Graduate School.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There's a lot in the library, even during finals you can still find one SOMEWHERE. You can rent them from the library too. And the UCEN is fuullllll of computers to use, instant Internet access. The computer labs across campus are also very convenient. Although they get very busy and the printers jam often

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty good. Student health is usually on top of their stuff. Sometimes thy can take waaaaaay too long or even forget about you. Usually way backed up and have to schedule appts way in advance.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of options in IV, it's nice you can just go and grab something quick and it's good. But very pricey, hard not to spend $8 on one meal. Lots of options downtown too

4 College Freshman

Academics: Most Professors are okay. A few are pretty crappy which makes some classes not worth attending. Relaxed learning environment.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Workload is manageable. Professors vary but most of my professors have been good. The TAs I've had are amazingly helpful. Also, there are several resources to help struggling students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Generally, the food is decent. However, there are days when everything is just gross.. The hours of the dining commons suck. Only one dining common is open late and its on main campus (far from Santa Catalina which is where I live). Also only burgers, fries, grilled cheese, and cereal are served at late night every night. Variety is average, taste is mediocre.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The amount of financial aid I got was fair. I didn't expect to take out so much in loans but that's what I get for going to public school in a bankrupt state. You definitely need to keep track of your own business. No one will notify of anything. I almost had to pay out-of-state tuition because I was missing one form. Constantly check things and you'll get the money you need!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You can get away with drinking/drugs and such in Isla Vista as long as you keep it indoors. Anyone looking tipsy or high on the streets will get questioned by the police roaming around. Also, just sitting on the curb or hanging in parks at night gets you questioned too (personal experience). Residence halls are also monitored by RAs.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is so nice. Typically 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. It rains occasionally but it's usually very light. I was still able to go to the beach in December!

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Free bus passes that got all around town, and frequent and punctual busses. Take it to the airport or Train station, just great.

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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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