Santa Barbara, CA
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$36,549 ($13,671)
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Reviews 3069 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Academics: Always Something to Catch Your Interests – The first thing I was told at orientation at UCSB was to pick the classes that interest me. I took full advantage of that and took classes that ranged from dinosaurs to sex. UCSB offers a wide variety of classes where you can find what you are interested in. However it is important to make sure those aren't pointless classes!

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Kicked Mirrors – if you park in iv. your rear view mirrors will be kicked off. make sure youd find some place safe. all u need is a bike.

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1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Horrible Halloween – During the famous Halloween season at UCSB, it has become known throughout that we know how to throw the best parties therefore having the most fun during this holiday in particular. However, in the last couple years, due to the amount of people visiting, the police force completely outnumbers even the amounts of visitors attending. It is ridiculous, they are everywhere, making it impossible to even park in your own driveway when the streets get closed down for the big event.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A College Student's Paradise – The beautifully paved environment of Santa Barbara not only provides the inhabitants with magnificent views of the scenery, but proves to be a rather calming environment, where the college students can enjoy the beach views while studying or simply soaking up the sun. This paradise of a college campus, offering a plethora of activities, makes it almost impossible to be completely focused on the school work given, however. Although, I wouldn't want it any other way!

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: IV: Your Dream, My Life – This has been an unforgettable 4 years. UCSB and the Isla Vista (IV) community are AWESOME

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Almost Everyone Drinks. Most people drink heavily. I'm talking handle pulls and pounding shots. Most people smoke weed, and I would say a lot of those people smoke pretty regularly. Most people can balance partying and school with the help of adderall. More recently drugs like ecstasy and coke have been used on a casual friday or saturday (but most people who use those drugs save them for special occasions), but if you've never done them, you'll never see them or know that anyone's on them. That said, there's almost no pressure to drink or do drugs. They just make everything more fun

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3 College Junior

Facilities: They range from really nice to completely outdated. You can tell where our school's money is invested by stepping into a few facilities.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: We're right by the beach. What's not to love? Aside from the random raining and mists, the weather is nice, sometimes a bit chilly.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're an active school. Since we're so close to the beach, our water sports teams are more than satisfactory. Basketball is also one of our most watched sports as well as soccer. Sports brings everyone together.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Healthy. but Still Limited. There are the dining commons, the famous DLG from Jack Johnson's song. The food in these places get a bit old after a quarter. There are always the little stores all over campus for a light snack. We also have many Subway's and Panda Express, just many fast food places. We also have the Gaucho cafe; it's quite nice.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Isla Vista Rocks! The Isla Vista community is fantastic! The environment in terms of people's general attitude is great. Much of the housing is really nice, though some can be steeply priced. Parking is definitely difficult with so many people packed into a one square mile radius but everything else makes it worth it. It's so close to the campus and the school's Community Housing Office can help you in finding a place off or on-campus that suits your needs.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The Aquatic Biology program here is great. Their are plenty of classes to choose from so you can practically start specializing as an undergraduate. The workload is difficult, but manageable; it's the way it should be. Most of all, the fact that this is a research institution has been extremely beneficial. The internships that I have attained have given me far greater experience and help in deciding what I am truly interested in doing after college more than anything.

4 College Junior

Diversity: United as One – The campus is very diverse. With so many different clubs and organizations to get everyone of all types involved and to find their home here at UCSB, the student body is accepting of all kinds. You find people of all types here, which is very encouraging. As always, some people will have prejudices anywhere but overall the campus is united no matter the different individuals

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process at UCSB is very helpful for people from all economic backgrounds. There are many scholarships you can get, including work-study. I myself received aid in the form of some grants and work-study.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – There is no pressure to do drugs at UCSB and it is still a great campus. The only drug that really gets used a lot is weed, but its mainly alcohol.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Plenty of Resources – At University of California, Santa Barbara, crime is not a huge problem. With three law enforcement agencies (UCSB PD, Isla Vista Foot Patrol, and Community Service Officers) patrolling about a 2 square mile area, the only crime we really have is bike theft. I never once have had a problem with safety, and I know countless people that run at night, every night and have never run into any problems (no pun intended).

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Much more laid back than other schools but still important. They have a large influence on campus, are very involved and do a lot of philanthropic activities. Sometimes viewed poorly by outsiders but that comes with any type of association of that sort.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Wirelss access is good in the library and other specific buildings with access but not all over. You definitely need a personal computer, but printing on campus is available, but should be offered in more places.

4 College Junior

Weather: On Campus Clothing - Spring – Since we're right next to the ocean, it doesn't get too hot. Come spring time and summer, it is perfect to go to the beach when the sun is out. A lot of people walk around in bathing suit tops or swim trunks which is great in my opinion :)

4 College Junior

Facilities: Rec Cen, Library, Bike Paths – many students would agree that UCSB is an aesthetically structured school. A lot of the newer buildings such as the media and technology and engineering look very nice and this past year, a good portion of the bike path was repaved! This is great because the majority students get around on bikes.

The Recreation Center is also really nice and has various facilities to stay in shape and have fun that include a rock climbing wall, three astro-turf soccer fields, and even a hockey rink! As for our library, it is not as new but contains 8 floors and has a 24 hour study room.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Party Central – isla vista should be titled the city that never sleeps jr. it doesn't matter the day of the week there is always a party to attend or bar to stop by in iv. And many shops and restaurants are open 24hrs. so its convenient to stay up late and grab a bite after a busy night

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1 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I find it difficult to affiliate with various other races. Clicks among races and economic backgrounds are prevalent on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Delicious Dining – Santa Barbara's campus dining hall's provide students with a daily selection of various freshly prepared foods. They even provide students with various vegetarian and vegan options. The food is prepared and presented in an all you can eat buffet fashion giving student the ultimate freedom to indulge in their favorite items.

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2 College Senior

Parking: No real need for a car to go to school. Parking is very expensive on campus and hard to find a spot in Isla Vista. Some houses have free parking, and if you look hard you can usually find street parking. Bus transportation is also available and fairly cheap.

4 College Senior

Academics: The workload is tough, but manageable with social life, extracurricular activities, jobs, etc if time is managed well. Teachers are very accessible through office hours or email, as well as TA's. The 8th floor of the library is a hidden gem for studiers. It's very quiet but has a gorgeous view of the campus and the ocean.

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Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
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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