Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3069 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party Town – Every night there is always something happening in Santa Barbara but most of the parties are inhabited by those from the community college where most of them are quite stuck up and think they are better then you.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – As i walk around campus the groups of people have all races involved and the entire campus is very open to people of any race.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sub-Par Security – Many bikes are stolen on my campus and there are not too many security guards that roam the campus during the night.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Great Help! The financial aid offered at this school is splendid! The office is also very helpful.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not Soo Much – Greek life is not so prevalent on this campus. The main reason is because we're already such a big party school

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're Great! Soccer is king here. We are Soccer Heaven. We are consistently one of the best teams in the country. Fan support and turnout is probably the highest in the country. Basketball is on the rise on out campus. Made the NCAA tournament 2 years in a row. We have ne of the best low-profile players in the country. Volleyball is big too. We played for the national championship last year. Overall, a great sports school.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm really glad I chose UCSB. The weather is great and I feel I'm getting a quality degree. I've met some really great people here and everyone is happy because almost everyone likes UCSB.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Halls Suck – The meal plan is the worst plan I have ever heard. You only get 11-19 meals a week and you can not allow anybody to use your meals if you dont use them and they dont roll over. The food is pretty mediocre but there is always a decent variety but more than a handful of times I've resorted to cereal.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Only College Kids in Isla Vista – Almost all students live in a town adjacent to campus called Isla Vista (IV) which is 96% college students packed into a mile by a mile area, which is why UCSB is such a party school. IV is a short bus or car ride to downtown Santa Barbara and there many things to there if partying isn't your thing. There are lots of great hiking trails and campsites nearby and many students are outdoor oriented.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Gorgeous People Everywhere – No matter what team you bat for you will that almost everyone is hott here! Unfortunately there are a lot of jerks but everyone cares about their appearance here and many times I've been caught drooling over my fellow classmates in class, at the beach, and everywhere at IV. Its hookup central but you if you tried hard you can maintain a relationship. Dress during the daytime is casual and you can see somebody in shorts almost every single day.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Soccer is where its at. The games are sooo much fun and people go crazy! and the team is very good.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Many options with 4 different dining commons. The food is pretty good on campus, considering they're cooking for mass people every meal. Food off campus is expensive but quite delish.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Research Institution – The professors know everything there is to know about their subject. Some, however, aren't the best teachers. But their interest in the subject is obvious. I even got to meet some famous people from history because of it. It's awesome.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Beach Fun and Science – Great science programs and the beach allows for tons of fun activities. The #1 school with most bicycles in California

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is super expensive for a normal one bedroom apartment. Hard to afford when you dont receive any financial aid.

4 College Junior

Weather: We are located right next to the beach which is awesome. But you can almost always feel the breeze. So even when it is extremely hot it feels cool. Unfortunately when it is cold it is freezing. But you can always tolerate the nice weather.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It is a neutral environment but they do not tolerate hate offenses. Respect for all.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Smart, Sexy, Party Animals – The guys are so fine! Most look like beach boys. They are very friendly and a lot of them surf or skateboard. The girls always look cute and try to impress the upperclassmen. All the guys and girls love to have fun. Everyone in UCSB loves to party. They drink very often but when its time to study they concentrate.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gym Could Be Better – Campus is overall clean but gym is very old and always crowded

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Political Science – Interesting Professors who help you learn the material while relating it to current political affairs

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses for Sure – Public transportation around Santa Barbara is definitely the most reliable way to get around, unless you need to get somewhere not along a bus route. They run late for students who simply can't get away from campus, and provide a nice way to get around without paying for gas all the time.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love This Place – there's nothing like it. you live and you learn and you experience life. large enough to avoid those annoying kids from high school, but small enough that you'll almost always run into someone you know, it's honestly the perfect size. the nature's outstanding-the beaches, the mountains, the lagoon, running and biking trails are amazing it's easy to find places to get your s*** done, and most people generally care about it. damn straight we party but we're also as concerned about our grades and people have their limits

College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not That Bad – befriend your RD and you'll always be fine.
actually, just dont be dumb and you'll be fine; YOU CAN GET IN TROUBLE FOR BEING IN THE ROOM WHERE PEOPLE ARE DRINKING IRREGARDLESS OF IF YOU ARE OR NOT though

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: so, there's four dining commons on campus DLG-guaranteed pretty good food, no matter what. always fairly crowded though and awkward to eat alone at Ortega-crowded for breakfast, but otherwise okay. lunch SUCKS. never eat lunch here, go to DLG. not so awkward to eat alone at Carillo-unless you live in manz or san raf, this dining commons is just so out of your way that you dont give a f***. not terrible food, not the best Portola-breakfast and brunch is alright, lunch is meh and dinner is horrendously awful. people only go here if they live in sancat there's a jack in the box by kmart, and anytime you're at a soccer/basketball game and the gauchos win, you can get coupons for free tacos there, so take advantage of that. the little cafes around are quite expensive...make a pb&j or only use them for your coffee fix (two bucks for a large, almost anywhere on campus)

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty Lenient – UCSB has a huge reputation for being a party school. Because of this, campus police has been cracking down harder over the past few years and our big drinking holidays (Halloween, Floatopia, etc.) have died down a little. But, they also understand that a large majority of the student body participates so they don't arrest people out of nowhere and the punishments aren't too harsh. If you get caught, you probably did something stupid.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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