Campus Strictness

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

Campus Strictness: As a student, it was nice to have not the strictest RA thus allowing more freedom to enjoy leisure activities. I never had drugs or alcohol in my dorm but frequently has my long distance boyfriend visit for the weekend (with the permission of my roommates) and thus the only 2 nights per month rule would not have worked for me. It seems everyone was on the same page of respecting each other's space, business, and privacy; keeping it low at night time as to not disturb anyone and it worked out perfectly. There is often campus security roaming which made me feel safe but not completely locked up.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are trying to crack down a little bit in light of recent events. No visitors allowed

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus generally has very good security, but the rules are randomly enforced.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's very loose. there is a new large amount of found freedom here.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: For the most part, officers and campus security don't really interfere in the activities that go on at UCSB. Of course there are a few exemptions. For instance, you will promptly be ticketed for drinking in public, and in all cases of arrest or ticketing for underage drinking or public drinking, the school will notify your parents, regardless of whether you're of legal drinking age or not. The CSO's are wonderful. They will meet you at any place in IV or on campus to walk you home at night if you don't feel safe. Overall, when it comes to enforcing policies, UCSB is pretty lenient. All they ask is that the students show respect for the school and the surrounding area and families we share the space with.

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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
Hometown
Long Beach
Major
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
2012
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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 197 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 203 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 69% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 22% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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