The Best & Worst

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

Highest Grades

  1. 1
    The friendly, knowledgeable faculty
  2. 2
    Good-looking people that wear swimsuits and tank tops year-round
  3. 3
    The laid-back beach atmosphere
  4. 4
    Lots of opportunities to get involved in different things
  5. 5
    There are concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl, the Hub on campus, and all of the student bands perform for free in Isla Vista on the weekends.
  6. 6
    The weather—you can almost always go outside and play.
  7. 7
    You can ride your bike literally anywhere.
  8. 8
    You never have homework over winter or spring break because the quarter ends right before both.
  9. 9
    Most students are really outgoing and social, which helps when making new friends.
  10. 10
    Good facilities

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
91% of students return after their first year.
Proven Success
80% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
97% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
76% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
55% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
52% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Campus Pride
56% of students surveyed said that they love everything about the school and have a lot of campus pride.
Highly Satisfied Students
75% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
54% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Vibrant Social Scene
62% of students surveyed agreed that there are lots of popular activities around campus every day.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 47/53 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
100% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Students Stick Around
Only 9% of students transfer out.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-56% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

  1. 1
    Cops are heavy-handed on ticketing.
  2. 2
    The really bad landlords and no rent control in Isla Vista
  3. 3
    Restaurants and movie theaters downtown close too early.
  4. 4
    The streets are frequently dirty and full of trash after weekend nights.
  5. 5
    There is a high cost of living.
  6. 6
    There is no football team.
  7. 7
    You don't finish the school year until mid-June.
  8. 8
    The reckless City College students that live in Isla Vista
  9. 9
    There is no real city-life atmosphere.
  10. 10
    Expensive off-campus housing

Facts & Statistics

Expensive
Tuition is a steep $36,549, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Expensive to Just Get By
55% of students surveyed felt that the amount it costs to live while at school was worse than average.
Want a Job? On Your Own
There aren't any placement services for graduates.
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