Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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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!

3 College Junior

Facilities: friendly atmosphere. cool beach scene. wish people took class more seriously

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: lots of cool greek events...not super inclusive. open frat parties are always good.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords are awful...try to scam you. Found Asbestos in my boyfriend's closet and they did nothing about it. There is plenty of housing available but most of it is from the 70's. A new apartment complex is under construction. Not sure how many residents it will attract...people like living in houses with their friends. apartments might seem too much like the dorms, especially since the ones under construction are so close to campus. UCSB students move out of the dorms and never go back after freshman year. we love Isla Vista. and Isla Vista = crappy housing with great ocean views. The worst part is how OVERCHARGED the students are for crappy housing. but there is a great demand for IV housing so i guess that explains it

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: A lot of the freshman join the Greek life, and have a great time. Even if you do not join, girls are still welcome to the parties. It is a bit distracting to a lot of freshman.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: As an African American student, I notice that there are very few African Americans (maybe 3%). Yet the Black community on campus is very strong and united.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great Housing! The area is a college town, which has affordable housing available on every block.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Soccer Is Huge.. Because We Don't Have a Football Team – Soccer is the biggest intercollegiate sport, Harder Stadium will fill up with 17,000 people for some games (the school is about 20,000), but basketball is big too. Intramurals are huge; the Rec Cen is an athlete's dream.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Some Dining Halls Are Better Than Others – The dining halls are pretty standard for a college campus, but the mexican food at DLG is above average, while the other dining commons (4 in total) have their own dishes that are good (and not so great), the food just gets old after awhile, but it's not bad. There are places on campus like the Arbor and the Hub to buy food if you don't want to eat in the dining commons.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: UCSB has world-class academics, professors are easily accessible in their office hours. Facilities are experiencing upgrades, so some are state of the art, while others are still being worked on.. all are adequate though.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a fair amount of financial aid. My tuition was paid for, but not my housing. Loans took a while to process and was almost late for the deadline. I suggest taking care of loans and scholarships as early as possible.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great View – The off-campus dorms, Santa Catalina, are great! They have lots of space in each room and have a great view. It may be a little farther from the rest of the dorms, but it is totally worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I feel very safe on campus and have never felt that I was in danger.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Mostly Safe – I often feel safe on campus. I always feel safe when I am with friends, but sometimes I don't feel so safe when I am by myself.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Plenty of Options – Being a vegetarian, I have had no problems with finding food to eat. The food in the dining commons can get repetitive but there are four dining commons. The relative closeness of 3 of the 4 makes it easy to switch it up and there are lots of options in all of the dining commons.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Only School to Have Its Own Beach! How many people can say that they go down to the beach to study, for their morning run? I've even had class on the beach! That was definitely a winning point for me. On top of that if you want the full on social aspect of the college experience then Isla Vista is the best college town for that. It offers excitement 24-7 and I love just talking a walk through I.V. because you never know who or what you will see.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are There but, Not Really Necessary – This is a biking campus so the best place to get around school is by biking. As for off campus you could still use your bike because all the necessities are within biking distance. For the time when you want to go downtown there are buses and if you get the bus sticker on campus you can ride for free.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are a Bit Pricy but Worth It! I live in a sorority house so I'm not quite sure how expensive they are to live in, but I heard they are a tad bit pricy. The thing is that even though they might be a little expensive people are always stoked to move off campus because it is the epitome of a college town and if you're lucky you could get an oceanside view...and even if you don't you are still a five minute walk away from the gorgeous beach!

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Halloween is when the police is really strict about underage drinking. Houses on del playa are closed off and there's hundreds of polices.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – Living on campus the first year at UCSB has been a great experience. Being close to all campus facilities make it easier on freshman. It's very convenient.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Very nice and clean student recreational center and university center. Big library with lots of space. Beautiful campus filled with palm trees and flowers. Beautiful view of the ocean and also has its own beach. Many campus activities with a wide range of interests.


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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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