Campus Strictness

Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's really not that strict, you can get away with basically anything, and the RAs are super incompetent about enforcing rules, not that any one is really complaining, though.

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.

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 Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is not very strict.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus, so this pertains to my experience of Isla Vista. Because it is a college town that's isolated from the rest of Santa Barbara, there seems to be a targeted increase in crime from external gangs which makes IV feel less and less safe. You can't park on campus before 5pm if you live in Isla Vista (must be traveling farther to get a parking pass) and therefore travel to and from school in the afternoons/evenings is a chore for students who do not feel safe traveling alone. IV feels chaotic at times.

There is a program that all students are required to participate in called Gaucho FYI which is informative about the myths of alcohol, and this student-lead program works pretty well in acquainting impressionable college students with their new environment.

Academically, I am part of the College of Creative Studies which allows for maximum academic flexibility. We only need to fulfill a certain number of requirements, and do not need to fulfill as many prerequisites as other schools within UCSB. This works incredibly well because the path to our degree is more customized to our interests and fuels our independence.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 993rd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1120th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1359th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
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With a reputation as a party school, you would think UCSB would be extremely strict when enforcing policies; however, campus police and the Isla Vista Foot Patrol’s main concern is to protect the safety of the students. Resident assistants and staff are there to enforce University policies on campus and within the dorms, but if you play it cool and do not get out of control, then you can cruise through your four years without getting cited or written up. Isla Vista, on the other hand, is much stricter due to the county governance over the small town. There is a music curfew that begins at 12 a.m. on the weekends and 10 p.m. on weekdays, so if you plan on having a party make sure to turn it down—otherwise you may end up with a fat citation. The Isla Vista Foot Patrol roams "IV" throughout the week, to ensure laws are not being broken and to keep residents safe. Many students complain about their methods, but they do a decent job of citing people for MIPs (minor in possession) and for "drunk-in-publics."

When it comes to cheating and plagiarism, the University upholds a strict policy that can lead to expulsion from the school. So if the thought ever crosses your mind, think twice and do not do it. However, if the situation does occur, there are programs such as the Office of the Student Advocate that can advise you and present your case to the Campus Conduct Board.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Drinking
  • Smoking
  • Stealing a bike
Visitation Policies
During Halloween and other special occasions, limitations
and/or restrictions on guest visitation may be implemented for residents' safety and building concerns.
Did You Know?
A penalty for getting caught cheating could result in expulsion from the University.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 188 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 194 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 70% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 21% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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