Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Tons of hot guys crawling around IV and campus. A bit obnoxious though, both guys and girls.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There Are Many Options – there are different options for everyone. you can live on campus or down the bike path. a person can have a single, double, or triple room. the older you get, the nicer of dorms you get to choose from.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Something for Everyone – There are local bars to enjoy for people 21 and older. there is house parties every weekend at multiple houses for students under 21. the school also puts on many safe and fun events that do not require drinking or drugs. so, no matter what you are into they have something for you.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Great – The dorms is a nice place, but the rules could be annoying or your floor mates can. I do think UCSB does the best it can.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are Great – The buses take you where you want to go, and come on time. The bus drivers are always friendly. The bus is free for students.

4 College Junior

Weather: Santa Barbara is known for the weather, you will not have any problems here, unless the el nino happens then there is flooding but that is really rare. Great weather lots of sunsine.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: You can definitely find parties if you wanted, esp. on Halloween it is fun for many people.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Fruits and Fish – The dining commons does not provide students and staff with any options of fruit or fish. Fruits such as grapes, cherries, strawberries, are yet to be seen. More fish items should also be added to the menu.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors here are mostly very nice, interesting, and helpful. But look out, there are a few bad apples out there. Look up professors you don't know personally at ratemyprofessors.com before enrolling in classes. The good ones have office hours and are totally cool and encourage students to visit them.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Campus Food – There are a lot of different places on campus to eat, ranging from burgers and pizza to salads and asian style, and then there are the dining halls too. Some are sub-par but most have great food!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The UCSB Davidson Library is amazing! It has 8 floors, most of which are perfect for studying for exams or doing homework. The computers on the first floor are, like most on campus, Macs. They gave me a new appreciation for the Apple system - writing papers is so much easier. The staff are also amazingly friendly and helpful. :)

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Options, Slightly Expensive – There are so many food choices around here, especially in IV. The only issue is that they can get a bit pricey because it is Santa Barbara. The farther you go, the nicer the restaurants. the best places to go are on State Street downtown because it is great quality food, yet again more expensive. We also have a wide variety of food because UCSB students have a different tastes in food.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Computer Science Is Awesome – I came into UCSB as undeclared and I decided I would try out a CS course my first quarter. I ended up loving but the issue is that it is really hard to get into the CS major after being accepted to the school. If anything it motivated me more. I successfully declared computer science as my major and I am having the best time with it. They really prepare you for what you want to do and they have different courses for each sub-part of CS. I am doing software engineering now and I don't have any concerns about finding a job after school because there are so many job opportunities being offered to UCSB, I have no fears whatsoever and I absolutely love my major.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Most people live in the general area so biking, skateboarding and walking are the main forms of transportation. If you do live a little further away, the bus is a great option because the bus is free as it is included in student fees and it runs quite late depending on which line you take.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is plenty of parking on campus because most people park in Isla Vista because its free and because that's where most people live. It's not really a car type campus because most people walk, skateboard or bike. The only people that really park on campus are faculty, the few amount of people who have cars that live in dorms, and parents/visitors. However, if looking for parking in IV, you are going to have a hard time.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Available – Drinking and smoking weed is much more popular in the social scene but I know plenty of people who do ecstasy, heroine, shrooms, acid, adderall and much more so it is definitely an option.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Housing in Isla Vista – Lots of Isla Vista off campus housing which is a student-run city right next to campus its just a 5-15 minute walk to school and about a 3-10 minute bike/skate to school depending on how fast you need to be and how far into IV you live

4 College Senior

Facilities: Some Econ Professors Aren't the Best – There are some shotty economics teachers that just go through a power point teaching you nothing but make it mandatory to attend.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Personal Computer Needed for Midterm and Finals Time – All of the computer labs are always in use during midterms and finals week. Anytime before and after that the services are great, but I would still recommend to bring your own printer and laptop, better to be safe than sorry.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I Feel Welcomed and Accepted Regardless of Everything. I do take pride in how accepting everyone seems to be at UCSB. I have never felt different due to my skin color, economic background, or anything else. There are a lot of white students, but that doesn't make it any less diverse in my school as there are a lot of different kinds of cultural activities going on.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had a few complications about a loan and scholarship that didn't go through on time and I feared that all my classes were going to be dropped, but I called the office of financial aid and they helped me through the process that I needed to take. They walked me through each step and I would not have been able to do it without them.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful but Expensive – Santa Barbara is beautiful. there's the beach, the parks, the shopping area on State street, all very accessible to me as a college student. Everything is pretty pricey though.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Majority of Students Are White – Over 50% of the student populations at UCSB is Caucasian, and middle-upper class. Thought I do have many friends from other ethnicites (Asian, Hispanic and a few middle-eastern), it is very apparent that there is need for more diversity.

4 College Junior

Weather: Santa Barbara has beautiful weather. It's always a perfect day to go to the beach, hiking or Barbecuing. Its never too hot or too cold, so sweater are rarely needed. I always see people hanging out outside, in their shorts, flip flops and beach cruisers.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Process Went Smoothly – I had no problems processing and receiving my aid. There wasn't a time where it was necessary for me to contact the Financial Aid department. The aid was sent to my school account on time and was able to pay my fees on time. Though I didn't receive the aid I was expecting, though they did cover my tuition. I personally thought my parent contribution was a bit high, they wont be able to cover the expenses so its up to me to make to work, take out loans and (like now) apply for scholarships.

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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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