Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful, Georgeous, Relaxing – Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in California, its surrounded by many beautiful beaches as well as beautiful people. Many of the people are very nice, friendly it is simply a Santa Barbara thing. Students love to go downtown to go shopping its a way to distract yourself of the college life.

4 College Junior

Diversity: More Diverse Than It Seems – UCSB is very diverse. There are many white people but you still see a lot of other races like blacks and Asians.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Very Involve in School and Community – Even though I'm not part of the Greek life I do have to say I sometimes wish I would be part of it. They do many things such as being involve in school as well as with the community.It is a fun way to network with other people it makes your college experience feel a bit more collegie...

3 College Junior

Nightlife: IV Is Awesome – Night life in IV is awesome. Whether one will get drunk or not, there are restaurants after restaurants for food. If one is up for some partying, it is everywhere! The weekend starts on Thursday.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug Usage Is Evident – Drug use in UCSB is evident throughout the school. One can often smell weed living in the dorms and of course, during midterms and finals week, many people use Adderall.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's All in the Heart – Within it's 1-mile radius, Isla Vista has many diverse places to dine off-campus, most of which exist on the main resturaunt street called Pardall Rd. The prices are a little too much, but the convenience is terrific. Delivery and late-night options come with almost every resturaunt.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: All of the Above – Drinking is more popular within Isla Vista, however, there is quite a drug problem. There are too many students per police officers so it is nearly impossible to know everything so many things slip under the cracks.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Isla Vista has one of the most diverse communities for it's 1-square mile radius. Our community of students ranging between 18 and 24 is absolutely booming. There is always something going on and plenty of students know how to have a good time.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Blessing and a Curse – The weather at UCSB is both a blessing and a curse! For about 90% of the time, the sun is out and the breeze is amazing. It makes you want to be out and active all day instead of in lecture. Once winter hits though, the rain has the effect of wanting to keep you in your warm bed and out of the lecture halls. Balance is the key, and so is determination. The weather is nothing short of amazing most of the time and if you manage your time well, you'll make the most out of the weather and sunny days!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The diversity that one can find at UCSB is unreal. It is the most diverse UC i have seen so far. The school is diverse in every possible way, whether it is in education/academics, social life, or clubs. UCSB offers an array of classes from Asain American Studies, to Middle Eastern Studies, to Black Studies, and so on. Clubs at the school are run by many different racial and ethnic minorities that anyone can find a home at UCSB. Clubs include Armenian Student Association, Hillel, Justice for Palestine, Black student association, Lebanese Club, LGBTQ club, etc. The school is very motivated in introducing new cultures and spreading acceptance throughout the campus and student life.

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3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my Sociology is not yet complete, I still have one class to finish therefore I am currently a Pre-Sociology major. The overall gpa to get into the major is a minimum of 2.3 among the prerequisite classes for the major. After the gpa is completed, there is an application procedure one was do at the Sociology department with an academic adviser. After my application process is done and the adequate gpa has been acquired, I will be in the major.

4 College Senior

Academics: Professors and T.A.'S – Professors and T.A.s at this school are always available and provide efficient feedback whenever i have a question. If i ever had any concern over a topic, they would always provide a simpler explanation to comprehend.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Boys and Girls – There are a lot of attractive girls and boys at this school, unfortunately most are stuck up. Of course there are good people out their, but looks make others feel entitled to act in an rude manner. Racism is also presented by some students.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I am satisfied with the cost and utilities included with the off campus housing. The only problem is that there are, at times, problems with spiders and ants, but overall it was nothing short of good experience with housing.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Gauchos Locos – Our school has a great reputation of being very supportive at the soccer games especially. everyone wears yellow and blue, we have plenty of chants, and even a club dedicated to supporting at sports events. We throw tortillas into the feild each time we score in celebration.

5 College Junior

Weather: Never Too Hot or Too Cold – the weather is really nice since its near the beach. always fresh at night but sunny in the morning.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Easy to Find, a Whole Community of Students – The moment you step off campus you see that there are aton of places to choose from and that range in pricing.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Lacking in Diversity – I can't blame UCSB itself for the lack of majors because we lost a lot to budget cuts. But when I hear my friends at other colleges talk about their majors, I usually haven't even heard of them! We really just have the basic simple ones. I do wish there were more options because I settled with a major that is diverse enough that I can pursue anything I want with it. But sociology was not my first choice.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Best Decision of My Life – Wouldn't change anything about my college education here at UCSB! I meet the most amazing people and got to study in one of the most beautiful cities in the countries. Great social atmosphere but still possibility of studying and getting good grades. The campus is awesome too!

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: IV Is a Food Wonderland – Isla Vista has it all.. Mexican, Burgers, Sandwiches, Pizza, Pho, Smoothies, Healthy stuff, Korean, plus two bars for drinking! Student discounts are available in coupon form or online. Great deals, great food, great hours.. food heaven!

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Beach Bodies, Fun People – Sure, it's a California beach town school, but honestly, there is such a wide array of people here! Beautiful girls, hot guys, nice bodies.... plus you can find friends so easily because the population here is so big! No matter what you're into or what you study, you will feel at home here.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's very sunny most of the time here, as our campus faces the beach and a lagoon. The weather never been really cold during daytime, and is not as cold at night. It barely rains over here.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Great Options Available – Picking a major and being able to get all your classes at UCSB is not a very hard task. Classes are set up so you should be able to get most, if not all of the classes you need for your major. So far, I have had to only 'crash' one class and I still ended up being able to enroll. Internships are also widely available across campus depending on your major. They require time commitments, but if you are invested in your major, I say go for it!

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Soccer Is Number One – UCSB has a great IC sports scene, however, soccer is the only sport really highlighted throughout the campus. There is tortilla throwing, and honestly, our soccer team kicks butt.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are Not That Important – The Greek system in pretty small in UCSB. There are always parties in the frats if you have nowhere else to go, but in reality there are so many other parties going on, sometimes it's just more fun to party with your friends than with the same circle of frat boys.


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Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
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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