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Reviews 3953 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The bus system throughout goleta and into downtown santa barbara is free with a transportation sticker on your access card. There are also a good amount of stops throughout campus and isla vista, and the bus comes a couple of times per hour. It was very ideal economically and logistically.

3 College Junior

Administration: When you're in the dorms, underage drinking is sometimes ignored, but at worst, you end up taking a Alcohol and Drug abuse class. When you're out in Isla Vista, the cops are going to treat you like any other adult, but the noise ordinance is Nazi-esque. Any loud noise after midnight will result in a ticket that could be up to 1000 dollars.

5 College Junior

Academics: Our library has anything you will ever need as far as books go. The professors are incredibly qualified and very knowledgeable. They're here to help you with whatever you need and they are very accessible.

4 College Junior

Majors: I really enjoy the Sociology program here. The UC system is known for its exceptional research and the social sciences are no exception. The professors are all experts in the field and I can't think of better people to learn from.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We are a very athletic school despite the fact that we lack a football team.

3 College Junior

Technology: There are alot of cumputer labs on campus but during finals week you have to get there early to get one.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is less expensive than living on campus, but it is still over priced. Especially since it is a college town, landlords take advantage of that and particularly if you live closer to the beach. Parking on the street is impossible to find and dangerous, because SB is a party school your car mirrors often get smashed. Safety has been quite scary lately, but not the worst!

4 College Junior

Weather: In Santa Barbara we have beautiful weather and the beach is right next to campus, couldn't have asked for a better campus!

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are many different races on our campus, though it is predominantly white but we have so many clubs and organizations on campus that can help minorities fit in and find people of their same background. Right now I am in a Latina sorority and I love it!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great spaces and food! Campus events and traditions are very spirited.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Easy to access facilities and something is available for every kind of major.

4 College Senior

Transportation: For the most part, if you live in IV which most students do... you can easily walk to class in about 15 to 20 minutes or ride your bike in less than 10. The bus schedule is usually on time which helps plan your bus ride to school (if you choose to take the bus).

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: We have our own beach and our own community outside of campus. Isla Vista is a community along side the university which is very rare to find at other UC's. It's as if you live on campus because the off campus housing is so near, walking distance.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful, the people are beautiful. Professors are easy going for the most part and there are so many programs and organizations on campus that are useful and helpful. It is very difficult to not be guided by an adviser or professor because they are always more than willing to help.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: This is one of the most beautiful campus's I've been on, and everything about this campus is amazing. Everyone's involved and outgoing, and the facilities are kept clean, organized, and are exciting

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything is very organized and everyone's polite

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's true that UCSB is already a very social school, and it's not terribly hard to make friends as long as you are involved in SOMETHING. You're not going to make a ton of friends by staying in your dorm room all day. However, I rushed in the fall, and it was by far the best decision I've ever made. I'm living in my sorority house next year and I'm super excited because I absolutely am in love with my sisters! Yes there will always be the catty girls and the frat douches. But over all it's a fantastic way to meet people, and a quick way to make connections all over for anything and everything you'll ever need. and attend the MOST LEGENDARY PARTIES you have ever experienced. Ever. Even if you're not sure, definitely rush just to give it a chance. And if you decide it's not for you, you can always drop later. Being Greek keeps me busy, and that definitely helps me with time management. I love it, so worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many people of different races, hobbies, ideas, etc.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Almost always warm and sunny! And on overcast days, it is still warm. Gets a little too hot during the summer, but still beautiful and doesn't refrain people from going outside.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: UCSB has a very active campus life. The UCen, which is the university center has computers, study areas, and many dining places for the students. Right on the skirts of the UCSB campus there are a lot of restaurants and popular hangouts for the students. The night does not stop UCSB students either as it is just as, or even more active than the day.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: UCSB's nightlife is definitely lively and fun. While it is not typically AS loud on the weekdays, the party starts and thursday and goes strong for the whole weekend. You will definitely meet fun and interesting people if you do choose to go to the parties and sorority/fraternity events in Isla Vista. The parties tend to get a lot crazier in Del Playa, especially around Halloween.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It is usually always sunny here, but when it rains, it's difficult for almost everyone because most of the population at UCSB bikes around campus, so there are more biking accidents.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: 18 and over:

You will ALWAYS find a rager between Thursday and Saturday in Isla Vista.
If you're not into partying, the AS Program board puts on plenty of events that are free to students, including but not limited to free movies, Open Mic Night, and weekend concerts.

21 and over:
Downtown SB is only a 15 minute bus ride away. Tuesday - Sunday Bills Bus stops in IV and pics students up for a round-trip fair ranging from $7-$10, depending on the day. This way students don't have to risk drinking and driving, and it's a lot cheaper than a taxi. Downtown has a plethora of different clubs. Whether you're into reggae, hip-hop, or punk-rock you WILL find something! Ladies practically get in free everywhere, and I think the most I've ever seen a guy pay is $20... and that was only once.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Because UCSB does not offer any medicinal study majors in particular, I had to declare Biology as my major. To even be a biology major, I had to be declared as a pre-bio major to accomplish the prerequisites of pre-bio for two years and then declare an actual biology major by my third year. I found this quite confusing because it looks almost as complicated as it sounds. There is no application process, just declaring it. My tips for anyone interested in declaring biology as a major, I recommend choosing declaration of the biology sub-majors, such as biological sciences or biochemistry and etc. With those, you will actually be declared as that major and not a pre-bio major.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am a Bio Pre-Med major, and I enjoy all the courses given to help offer a better experience with the medicine/health field. I wish they could offer a health program here as well, as it would be more of a benefit to most students attending UC Santa Barbara because there are a lot of students interested in that study. My goals are to find a job that would involve working with children. I am actually currently working for the University Children's Center, and it is such a great experience to deal with children. Aside from that, I want to work as a pediatrician assistant and learn the basic work that a pediatrician does to gain hands-on experience. UC Santa Barbara has programs, clubs, and sororities that are all health-based that provides information for health-related jobs, internships, and activities.


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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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