Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3069 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

4 College Senior

Transportation: We have public transportation options and we can always bike places, though sometimes things can be a hassle to get to because not all places are 10 minutes away.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The location is awesome and i love having isla vista as mainly a college town, but some of the facilities can be pretty old looking.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara is a beautiful city. Our school is right by the beach and getting around the city is fairly easy. A lot of tourists like to visit Downtown Santa Barbara because there are a lot of shops, restaurants by the beach and the pier. Most students bike around the Santa Barbara/ Isla Vista area and our campus is generally safe. I always say I feel like I'm in another world when I'm here.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation around Santa Barbara/Goleta area is excellent. The MTA is almost always on schedule and it's pretty easy to understand the bus routes. The bus drivers are generally friendly and helpful. They also post their schedules online as well as provide a schedule book in each bus.

4 College Senior

Majors: I was automatically enrolled in the History department at my school when I entered because of the area of interest I indicated on my college application. Adding my Sociology major was an easy process. All I had to do was prove that I took the pre-requisite classes (which they looked up on their system) for the Sociology major, then I visited the advisor's office and she enrolled me in the major. All areas of study provide a worksheet that helps students keep track of the classes they are taking which I found very helpful when enrolling for classes each quarter and adding my doc major.
During orientation I was able to enroll in my first set of classes and there were mentors there to help each student figure out the enrollment process. The only challenge I would tell any incoming student is that if you're undeclared and you are trying to get into a class that is full, those who have declared the major will get first priority in getting into full classes.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The parties are pretty good, you just have to meet the right people to hang out with. To get into the good parties you pretty much have to know who ever is throwing it or go in with a group of girls. Most of the good clubs are in downtown, and are for 21 and up. The music is good but there just need to be more of a variety.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a couple the standard places to eat like Panda Express, dominos pizza, Woodstock's pizza, subway, and Freebirds. You will get fed up with the dining common's food, at first it will seem ok but two months in and I was sick of it. Don't gets huge meal plan if you know you don't eat a lot.

4 College Junior

Facilities: UCSB's student life is great. There are all sorts of activities and resources available for students. Students just have seek out these clubs, organizations, sororities, fraternities, rec center, the SRB and the UCEN. Go to a soccer game and see the gauchos throw tortillas whenever we make a goal. The library is also a great place to study, especially during finals, with 24 hour rooms so there is always a space to study.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are many different types of students at UCSB. There are all types of boys, the ones who party, the bros, hipsters, surfers, and there is a decent amount of racially diverse men. The girls are very stylish, and diverse as well. They are lots of cute girls. Both the girls and boys are down to earth.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: You don't need to be in a sorority of a fraternity to make friends and it's not too hard to get into Greek Life but it's not overly competitive or overly popular

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: In Isla Vista there are so many parties/houses to go to. If you're not 21+ you can simply go to pretty much any house. Everything is within walking distance!

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There has not been a time that Santa Barbara has let me down. I am always satisfied with how safe I feel at night regardless of how late it is since I always see police cars driving around making sure students are alive.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Although the campus is ethnically not very diverse, students are generally very accepting of diverse races, economic backgrounds, political beliefs and religion. The campus is also very LGBTQ friendly.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The library get's crowded during midterms and finals weeks, so be sure to study before those at the library, and then go find some place else to study because it can get noisy and crowded with all those people. The Recreation Center on campus is great, they have a great pool, indoor rock wall and they even teach classes in weight lifting, spinning, rock climbing and more.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are 4 different dining commons, 3 are on campus and the forth is located beneath the Santa Catalina (previously Franco Tores) off-campus freshman dorm. you can pick how many meals, but must pay for extra's to your barc account or credit card. there are also many small stores around campus that sell mostly soda, water, and some salads, pastries, and granola bars, which are usually open convenient hours. Plus off campus in Isla Vista there are a ton of restaurants that are open until quite late.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: UCSB is a great school but it is quite expensive as tuition goes. Plus there is a lot of partying in Isla Vista and many other students who seem to just be there for the party atmosphere, not the academics. The location on the beach is great, but if you want to make it then you need to buckle down and study.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: I love the weather at Santa Barbara. It's usually cool in summer, so that's a plus. It sometimes rain pretty hard however.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a good variety of options, and it's good quality food, though can be pricey.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The only reason I didn't give an A grade is because dorming costs a lot of money and there are not a lot available for upperclassmen. The rooms in Santa Catalina/FT are the biggest and best in my opinion. Although it is so far away form campus, everything you need is right in front of the dorm, including a dining common which I actually did not find repulsive. What I don't understand though is how we have 10 dorms yet nearly all of them are for freshmen only.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is basically unknown at UCSB. It exists and everyone can see the houses and letters but greek life isn't an integral part of the social scene.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Plenty of computer labs but these are kind of old. Computers in the library are better and while there are a lot of them, during finals week every computer is taken. Do not expect to print anything 10 minutes before class from the library during finals week. Also, you need to buy a print card to print anything from the library, easier to go to the computer labs to print.


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Louie Tamayo
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Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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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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