Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3060 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

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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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Don't Have to If You Don't Want to – The Greek life at UCSB is prevalent but isn't completely necessary. It has a reputation for being a party school which means you don't have to go Greek to have a social life or go to parties. There is also no discrimination. Greeks don't look down on non-Greeks and vice versa. There are benefits to going Greek since it provides a sort of family away from home. But, it's still not necessary to have a group of friends.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Extra Help Is Always Available – UCSB has great programs for extra help needed for classes. All the professors and TAs have scheduled office hours and, in my experience, are always willing to help. There's also a CLAS program available free for all students. They provide smaller sized classes with a tutor to give more focused attention to material learned in lectures and they are also always open for drop in questions and appointments when you want one on one help.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Social Scene – The town of Isla Vista is right next to UCSB. The primary population is students from UCSB of SBCC. This brings a unique community full of temporary residents that look to party and socialize after a long weeks work. An area full of your peers that have similar interest allows for great potential for an exciting social life.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A Place You Can Call Home – The community next to UCSB is convenient for students because it is near campus, which allows most students to use bikes rather than cars. The town is quite populated and it may be difficult to find the right place to live. In order to get a good location, students have to begin looking for housing about a year in advance. The town is right next to the beach and is primarily occupied by university students. Rent is pretty expensive around the small town and the high demand allows management companies to spike up prices. There are many parks and the social network is unique.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Recreation Center – The university has a great athletic and recreation facility. The area has various pools, gyms, and miscellaneous activities. There is a rock climbing wall, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, racquetball facilities, tennis courts, heated pools and jacuzzi's, and many other recreational areas. All items are well maintained and seem new. This gym would require an expensive membership but it is available to students for a minimum feee that's already included in school fees.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Sunny California – Its pretty much always sunny and somewhat warm. It can get foggy in the mornings because its so close to the beach but this is pretty rare.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: UC Santa Barbie – Everyone here is extremely tan, blonde, and HOT! Its pretty hard not to find a cutie in class or in IV. The guys can be extremely cocky and are generally after one thing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing in IV – Living in IV is ridiculous. The houses are gorgeous and you can get your hands on a sweet location, however every where you go be prepared to spend A LOT! Parking is a bitch regardless of your housing situation so also be prepared for that- its a lot easier to not have a car especially since they get trashed if you park on the street and can be a burden.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The students here are VERY laid-back and friendly, everywhere you go people will say hi and want to hang out and chat with you. IV is always fun to be in and around no matter what the occasion- the nightlife is of course the most popular attraction. However if thats not your thing UCSB puts on lots of events that students can attend they are usually pretty interesting and free!


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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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