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

Weather: It is usually always sunny here, but when it rains, it's difficult for almost everyone because most of the population at UCSB bikes around campus, so there are more biking accidents.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: 18 and over:

You will ALWAYS find a rager between Thursday and Saturday in Isla Vista.
If you're not into partying, the AS Program board puts on plenty of events that are free to students, including but not limited to free movies, Open Mic Night, and weekend concerts.

21 and over:
Downtown SB is only a 15 minute bus ride away. Tuesday - Sunday Bills Bus stops in IV and pics students up for a round-trip fair ranging from $7-$10, depending on the day. This way students don't have to risk drinking and driving, and it's a lot cheaper than a taxi. Downtown has a plethora of different clubs. Whether you're into reggae, hip-hop, or punk-rock you WILL find something! Ladies practically get in free everywhere, and I think the most I've ever seen a guy pay is $20... and that was only once.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Because UCSB does not offer any medicinal study majors in particular, I had to declare Biology as my major. To even be a biology major, I had to be declared as a pre-bio major to accomplish the prerequisites of pre-bio for two years and then declare an actual biology major by my third year. I found this quite confusing because it looks almost as complicated as it sounds. There is no application process, just declaring it. My tips for anyone interested in declaring biology as a major, I recommend choosing declaration of the biology sub-majors, such as biological sciences or biochemistry and etc. With those, you will actually be declared as that major and not a pre-bio major.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am a Bio Pre-Med major, and I enjoy all the courses given to help offer a better experience with the medicine/health field. I wish they could offer a health program here as well, as it would be more of a benefit to most students attending UC Santa Barbara because there are a lot of students interested in that study. My goals are to find a job that would involve working with children. I am actually currently working for the University Children's Center, and it is such a great experience to deal with children. Aside from that, I want to work as a pediatrician assistant and learn the basic work that a pediatrician does to gain hands-on experience. UC Santa Barbara has programs, clubs, and sororities that are all health-based that provides information for health-related jobs, internships, and activities.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am currently in the Educational Opportunity Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is a program that invests and helps students who are first year generation college students. I am the first of my family to attend a University of California away from home. The EOP program provides information, if needed, to help with our courses and tuition fees. I enjoy it because I appreciate the extra aid with school, as I do need it.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife at the University of California, Santa Barbara should be for students who are actually legal to attend. Although, there are an exception for students over 18. Isla Vista provides a nightlife scenery of house, dance, and frat parties that will always be fun. Music are always being played and the drinks are free. The only exception is to go with a reliable big group because there are chances of danger. The university has a program call CSO Officers, who can escort anyone back to their dorm or apartment safely at night. This is a great way of transportation if one is intoxicated.

4 College Freshman

Majors: As a Bio Pre-Med major, I will be a pediatric assistant. This can act as an internship as I will be studying and examining the duties of a pediatrician, but this will most likely be voluntary work, which I do not mind doing at all. The time commitment can be rigorous and intriguing, but it will be rewarding as I will be gaining hands-on experience of a pediatrician. The responsibilities would be filing paperwork, checking in patients, and assisting the practitioner with any needs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The majority of students on campus are well-dressed, sociable, good-looking, and in shape. This leads to why UCSB is often placed in the top schools for "best-looking student body" and "most fit student body." Because of the party-life stigma that surrounds the University most students feel the pressure to go out, drink, and party. The frat/sorority scene is not huge on campus but the students naturally look and act like the typical fraternity/sorority poster-image. I would give the school a higher grade because it is flattering to be around both an academically driven and well-dressed body, but most guy's "douchey" attitude is a turn off.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The only really big sport is men's soccer. There are other club and intramural teams but they are not as focused on

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm I live in is Santa Catalina. It is about a mile from all my classes, everyone there parties and plays loud music and no one tells them to quiet down even on week nights, and the food at portola is terrible. One the plus side the rooms are a bit bigger than in the other dorms and you get your own bathroom in the room

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The campus is literally blocks from the beach and besides the morning fog from the ocean, Santa Barbara gets the beauty of the California sunshine. The only weather issues would be the occasional rains in which it really makes it hard to get to class when the majority of students commute to campus by bike.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Easy to get a parking ticket because parking signs are confusing

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are various internship programs available but they are mostly for graduate students.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The Registration process for classes sucks because most of the classes you want are full by the time your pass time comes.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We do have very nice facilities but we need a better aquatic center.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I feel as if UCSB is very diverse. I see all different types of people everyday.

4 College Junior

Facilities: We have a lot of fun clubs and organizations to join that make student life more exciting.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Many fun activities, and good places to have lunch on campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: UCSB is an extremely diverse campus, literally anyone can find what they are looking for on this campus. And not only that but you're likely to find someone with looks and brains. We've got good looking and in shape greek life folk, we've got some of the most obscurely attractive hippie folk with their dreads and assorted clothing, we've got a ton of cali boys and girls: ranging from bay area to so-cal kids - within that there's literally everything, white boys, surfer dudes/gals, white preppy chicks, latinos, persians, indians, blacks, asians; we've got loads of steamy foreign boys and girls, swagged out dudes, hipstershipstershipsters (seriously people have got f****** style here in SB), and even the nerdy science majors are usually good looking no to mention witty. There's literally everything, in every shape and size and I'll just say at a very high attractive frequency. Walking around campus is definitely a treat for the eyes and for the especially horny persons.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are computers literally all over campus: at the Student Resource Building, The Davidson Library, The University Center, Mosher Alumni, etc. They all work relatively well the only downside is that you can't save something on a computer and expect it to still be there. You must be careful about using private information since they are public computers. You need to remember your school i.d. number as well as your password to log on. One great aspect of the campus computer systems is that any laptop can access the wifi inside of buildings with your student i.d. and password.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: UCSB doesn't feel restraining at all, there are rules in place and CSO officers as well as local police that enforce said rules but for the most part UCSB isn't on everyone's case. If anything the enforcement of biking laws, such as stopping at stop signs and such, are a little heavily enforced but I suppose it's ultimately for our safety.

5 College Junior

Majors: As an Anthropology major at UCSB, there are TONS of opportunities for experience and internships. It's not a very common major, so it's easy to get to know the advisors, and there are lots of lab opportunities for archaeology emphasis. The professors are very accessible, and the Anthro club is wonderful in terms of doing activities, having guest speakers, and extra help with lectures.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are not a problem on campus AT ALL but they are definitely a problem in Isla Vista. It's easy for students to get study drugs, and it's uncommon for a student to have a hard time finding alcohol on any given night in IV.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They are very concerned about students well being and safety. Text messages are sent throughout campus when there are any occurrences. I don't believe campus policy is too strict to complain about.

4 College Junior

Facilities: They are very environmentally conscious, There are compost bins everywhere and designated smoking areas. The students are also very active and there are dozens of different kind of sports or things to do from capoeira, yoga, soccer to theater, salsa, etc.

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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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