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

Campus Strictness: Not strict at all. Though I've never witnessed it, I've had professors complain that students go to class in bikinis. Campus itself is very safe.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Unless you live in Goleta or Santa Barbara, you don't interact with locals for the most part, so I can't really comment on that aspect. Isla Vista is mostly full of city college and UCSB students mixed with low-income families and individuals.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive, unsafe, and parking is an absolute nightmare.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are very lenient in matters where it's simply students having a bit of fun. So long as no one is endangering themselves or others the school tends to be quite accommodating.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of food options nearby, but they're all very expensive. A Blaze pizza just opened and is now the cheapest place to eat. Taste of the food varies, some places are good. Grocery stores are expensive too, and there are no chain groceries in Isla Vista (i.e Albertsons).

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: You will never struggle finding something to do over the weekend, unless it's dead week.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits cost a fortune but it is usually not too difficult to find a good spot. Off campus parking puts your car at risk of having your mirrors broken or a drunken biker riding into the side.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is pretty good and free for students. It takes you to the nearest shopping centers and downtown santa barbara quickly.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is not very strict.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The taxis are expensive. Bus fare is more than I've been used to but luckily our student ID allows us to take the buses for free but they come about every half hour. I think they should come more frequently.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't find it very safe since there have been a lot of crimes in IV lately. Other than that, it is a nice neighborhood I suppose.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school supports sports but it's not the biggest thing on campus.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There isn't much diversity. There aren't a lot of minority students and the school consists of mostly white students.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The fact that it is by the beach is my favorite part about UCSB.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I think I will be successful with a communication degree.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: The prerequisites for getting into the major are challenging.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got the money I needed too at tuition.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its not the best because of the messy people in the dorms.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities are pretty good and the only big sports are soccer and basketball.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of places to eat in IV but the food can be a bit pricey.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The student housing on campus is great and there are other options around, namely Tropicana del Norte.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Ended up coming up short on units and was on probation for financial aid but I got the aid I needed.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People will offer you thing but hey are usually alright with taking no for an answer.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: You can find plenty of diversity at UCSB and you will most likely get along.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you're looking for free parking you can park on the street in IV.

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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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