Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3065 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: For the most part this school is really social and has a ton to offer and you will find your place because it is just that diverse. The only thing I would say, pretty girls still have it better when it comes to popularity and attention.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live in I.V. Although very close to campus I do not want to live here. Most apartments are very expensive ($500-700/month), small and are very old. Landlords generally don't care if anything breaks so you're on your own. Fires and theft, although don't happen often, happen enough that I fear for my own place. Tropicana housing is trustworthy because you are not liable if your roommates don't pay but it is very expensive for a small place that you have to share with several others.

College Sophomore

Parking: I don't own a car but on-campus parking is very expensive. My friend pays about $500/year and that's one of the cheaper lots. The school is raising parking costs too. It's difficult to find parking in IV and dangerous. You can also get a ticket for parking it there.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Most people bike to class. Bus fare is also included in your tuition so use it! Buses run often and have stops by places students need (grocery stores, Greyhound, State Street). The only thing I don't like about busing is that it gets full quickly and creepy non-student residents may talk to you.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara/State Street has lots to offer throughout the year, $10 cruises, kayaking, horseback riding and tons of places to shop. The only downside is that it's pretty far from campus. There's also lots of festivals, like the Lemon and Harbor Festivals, that give away free stuff. Of course, there's always I.V. which is close to home and where all the parties happen. On top of that, UCSB has a lot to offer as well (rock climbing, pool parties, free and cheap movies at IV Theater). Never a dull moment in SB.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus. If you every feel unsafe you can call a CSO Officer to escort you home. However, it is a little unsafe in Isla Vista, so make sure you are always taking safety precautions and walking with a friend at night.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I have only been here in the summer to October so far, but the weather is beautiful. It is always sunny and temperate. Almost never too hot and I rarely need a jacket.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Printing and computers are available at various locations for 0-15 cents per page. However, I have yet to find a good place to print in color.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is known for partying. People often say there is a Greek "type". It tends to generally be on the shallow end, but it depends on what you rush. Some sororities require various outfits constantly. A lot is based on image.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: UCSB offers a CLAS tutoring program for students to receive extra help in their classes. They can range from one on one classes to small study groups, and they are especially helpful for students enrolled in math courses since they provide extra problem examples to help
students know how well they are grasping concepts before a test or quiz in the class. Also this program provides a great opportunity to get work experience because students can apply to become tutors as well.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The althetics at UCSB are very popular, especially the men's soccer team. There's a lot of excitement at the soccer games and lots of tortilla throwing as part of tradition. Track and basketball are also very popular sports here, many of the athletes live in a separate dorm from the other students, which has a discounted price and also has it's own workout facility attached and their own dining hall. It's a little bit farther out than dorms such as Santa Rosa, Anacapa, Santa Cruz...ect but it is closer than Santa Catalina.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UCSB has a notification system that students and parents can sign up for to receive news of any local robbery,sexual assault, or violence occurring, and personally I've been a bit shocked by how many there have been in the short time I've been at this school. I feel relatively safe walking around the campus at night alone, although I tend to avoid less lit streets and the lagoon area since there are zero lights there. However, as a woman I would not recommend walking around IV alone at night. Occasionally there are groups of drunk men, who make suggestive comments toward women there, but don't approach them. Personally I've purchased some pepper spray and taken a few self defense classes to feel more comfortable walking in that area.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet had an internship, but I intend to apply for them in the fall of my sophomore year. There seems like many opportunities available to apply for them and a lot of workshops available to help with the internship process.

5 College Junior

Weather: The weather is awesome at UCSB! Class is never cancelled due to weather, however some decide to skip out and go to the beach! We're lucky to have the beach so close to campus, it makes for a perfect weekend.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am an Environmental Studies Major and I love how inter-disciplinary it is because you learn a lot from many different areas. However, my GPA suffered because I was required to take chemistry, statistics, math, and other challenging math-type classes for which I am weak in. Overall, great major, I would recommend it to anyone. I would declare earlier because I was almost a Junior when I declared which has made my Senior year stressful in trying to finish it all.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is a major selling point for UCSB. Our athletic facility is huge and gorgeous, I love going there whenever I can. There is a wide array of campus athletic activities and ways to get involved. We also have a lot of free performances, shows, movies, and dance opportunities throughout the year in the student center or IV theater. Our library is large and a great place to study or meet up with people to work on homework and projects. If there is one thing Santa Barbara can boast about it's their student life!

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Lots of computer labs and library computers available. The printing in the library you have to pay for but you get 100 free pages a quarter if you print from a lab just by entering your campus username.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have a free bus pass given to us every year, easily accessible bike and walking paths in addition to roads to drive on. Our campus is close enough to the grocery store and a small shopping area that biking or taking the bus are both viable options.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid people are really helpful when you go to their office. They are really nice and understand your situation and help you as needed.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: It is really easy to get around the area. We have bus stickers on our Access card and we are allowed to use the bus for FREE. All you have to do is look for a time and bus to the place you want to go. It's really easy to get use to and get around. I love it! it's so convenient when you want to go to a store.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you are night person who likes to go out then you will probably enjoy it here. I am not a person who likes to go out so I don't like going out. People act really crazy and stupid. And if you are not careful, things can happen to you. At night, people get robbed, gunned down. We recently had a arson. It gets scary and crazy over here.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The dinning common food is dripping in oil and fat but there are other healthier options, such as a salad bar. CSO (Campus Security Officers) are 24/7 on duty and are always ready to respond to a situation and walk/bike a person back to their dorms. Campus theft and crime is relatively low.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: This campus is filled with beautifully fit people in the latest fashion trends. Not only do people rock whats new on the rack, they create their own styles and are trend setters. Mostly everyone is into fitness and in some type of sport. Our water based teams are hot!!!!!! Most importantly everyone has confidence and are happy about themselves.

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3 College Senior

Facilities: The campus is overall nice, but as I mentioned earlier some of the facilities can be a bit old. Of course there is always the awesome location of the school which is great.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: They have been pretty helpful and generous over the years. The paperwork can be a hassle at times and it may take awhile to contact them over the phone. If you ever need to speak with them I suggest going in person.


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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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