Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pretty Easy and Straight Forward – Like every other school the financial aid process is the same. You just have to fill out the federal student aid papers and then send the results to your school to see what you have been rewarded. In regards to Scholarships, there are infinite outlets to all the scholarships that are out there. The only downside to paying for college at this university is that every year we as students are experiencing tuition increases due to state budget cuts.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Bro Heaven – All of the boys here are the same. They are either dorky or the average white Bro. The mix of races is very poor and even though there seems to be a good mixture of races as you walk around the campus, once you get off campus everyone looks the same. However, that does not make the nightlife here bad. There is always something to do in Isla Vista as the sun goes down.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Delicious, but Gets Boring – In the neighboring town to the school, Isla Vista, there is a vast variety of delicious local food. They are all relatively low priced and are always of great quality; however, once you have it a few times in a week you have had it enough. They get repetitive and over-rated. The dining halls are the same. They at first are satisfying and taste good, but after a while they are the same thing week after week.

3 College Student

Parking: There are plenty of places to park on campus, including a huge parking structure, but many of the parking lots have strange times when its alright for students to park there, so you have to be careful where you park at any time. Also, the less time youve been at the school, the more expensive parking permits are.

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4 College Student

Facilities: The facilities at UCSB are awesome, the student center is very modern and they have been adding fast food places to an already amazing place to study or hang out. The gym is very well equipped, including, along with weights, machines, basketball courts, etc. a rock climbing wall and an ice rink.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Not Bad, Fair Variety – The dorm food gets old pretty quickly, but there are several other on-campus dining options. There are little food places run by the UCEN all over campus, once you learn to look for them. I find it's often easy to get food between classes. Overall, it could be a lot worse, and after 4 years of living here, I'm pretty happy with it.

On the other hand, the dining commons are pretty expensive, and you will probably want to avoid them after your freshman year (or just entirely - you won't miss much).

3 College Senior

Computers: There are computer labs dispersed around the campus, but probably not enough for a school this size. It is not unusual to have to wait for an open machine, and quite difficult to get one during finals. The campus ostensibly has full wifi if you bring a laptop, but the signal is slow, and sketchy in many auditoriums.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Costly, but Worth It – I have a car, but wouldnt have been able to afford the permit if it weren't for some friends that pitched in. Overall, it was worth it though, because of the ease to get to downtown Santa Barbara and anywhere else. If you do not have a car though, that's totally fine. Biking is big here, so everything is within walking or biking distance.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: SB Is a Party School for a Reason – The police enforcement knows that there is underage drinking and it would be too hard to ticket every student on a Friday night. So, as long as you can walk and not sit on the curbs, the cops will leave you alone. Underage drinking and drug use in the dorms is another story. If you are caught in the dorms multiple times you can be written up, then probation, then eventual expulsion.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living Off Campus in IV – Isla Vista has many different housing options (studios, apartments, townhouses, duplexes). The problem with living in IV is the cost, most apartments are expensive just because of location. Parking on the street is also hard to find and not safe on the weekends because many party-goers can mess up your car.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Isla Vista is just a short walk from campus and has many eating places to choose from. Although the variety of food is limited (there's more than 3 sandwich places!), Isla Vista has different places to try. From Freebirds! known for their monster burritos, to Silvergreen's for a healithier fix, Isla Vista is a good place to eat off campus because of the location and relatively inexpensive choices.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: the only thing that could possibly be better would be if my boyfriend didn't break up with me. but I would totally do it again and again. perfect

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. The food is great, the people are great, the RA's are great

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara is a coastal town with various options for entertainment. Beautiful weather,incredible beach scenery/activity, excellent shopping and dining are among the primary attributes for which Santa Barbara is known for. UC Santa Barbara, although known infamously as a "party school", is highly acclaimed for its science department, and ranks #7 out of 500 universities (both private and public). The people are friendly, the view is breath-taking, and the campus offers a variety of ways to get involved, including 400+ clubs and extracurriculars.

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1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lots of Sexual Activity – People are having sexual intercourse on campus at all times

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many diffferent races, but african americans take over the overall population

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is super friendly, open, and good hearted

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options, sometimes prices are a little expensive, though

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug Usage – A lot of people drink and many smoke marijuana, however there aren't many other drugs that are being used nearly as much.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life does not dominate much at UCSB. They have parties and very attractive women, however there are plenty of parties and nightlife elsewhere. The Greek life is not essential for people to go out and meet others to drink and have fun.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Pretty Much Just Buses – there are buses that go to goleta and santa barbara (state street). students ride the bus for free. if you want to go anywhere else, you'll have to take a bus to a train, which can be pricy. the buses run til pretty late, but not forever, so if you're not careful you might end up having to take a taxi home.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: there are lots of great facilities. a lot of people use the gym, there are multiple pools on campus. the ucen is a great place to study, also has food stores as well as the campus store/bookstore. the library is 8 stories high, lots of great places to study, lots of books

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: but its super important. some people are into it, some aren't, and either way it isn't a big deal. they don't dominate the social scene.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties Every Weekend – parties can be found on DP everyday of the weekend - starting thursday night. for the best parties, you have to know somebody to get in, but there are plenty of parties that anyone can get into.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strict Substance Abuse While Living on Campus – There are relatively strict rules about underage drinking and drug abuse while living on campus. As for off-campus, rules and regulations, besides following the law, are unseen.

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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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