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Reviews 3600 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We got pretty good places, whether you are looking for fast food or restaurant food, you can find what you want. We got good options for Late night and most places are pretty close. However, it is not deserving of an A

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls are hot!!! very attractive. Guys are fit. Everyone is in great shape and loves to have fun during the weekends. During the week everyone studies. You can find all sorts of people, so whether you are into reading or drinking there is a big network waiting for you.

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2 College Junior

Parking: It's hard to park on campus, got to pay for a bunch of permits ad they really do enforce it.

4 College Senior

Parking: 1. There is absolutely no need for a car your first year. The SB MTD bus system can take you everywhere you need to go within SB county. It is very reliable and prompt. Only downside is the lack of night transportation.
2. If you want a car, parking is pretty easy to come by but it is expensive (upwards of $300 for the year - not sure about the exact prices and it's far from the on campus dorms.
3. If you're looking to commute passes are expensive in my opinion, but affordable and there is a plethora of parking during the day.
4. Visitor parking is $12/day I think without a pass.
5. TPS are narcs and give tickets like crazy so if you're going to park on campus, be safe and buy a pass. Tickets are around $50 for improper parking

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Depending on what subject you study you could have some of the best facilities in the state, or you could be in a 50 year old building in need of some revamping. All in all it's a great campus but you won't ever see it without some sort of construction.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Ilsa Vista gives this school a huge party school scene. Halloween is calming down, however drinking still enuses, but it's up to you if you want to partake in it. The dormitories have plenty of other activities to do night and day.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is super delicious.
There are plenty of choices.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Soccer is the single most important sport here and people show it to the full extent.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It went smoothly. Most of my schooling is covered by the FAFSA award I recieved.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: F.T. prices are overly priced. And on Friday nights you should be able to purchase a weekend price so that you don;t have to wake up at 7:30 in order to ensure you don't get a ticket on your car.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are scholarships given, especially for freshman, but i feel like UCSB should give out more scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not everyone is involved in the Greek life, whether it be the panhalenic or multicultural fraternities and sororities. We all come to college and want to find ourselves and some individuals find that the Greek life is the way to go.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are great!We get to socialize with everyone and everyone is welcoming. I get to participate in events put on by the staff at my residence hall.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Isla Vista has it all. Freebirds is a must, albeit expensive, with huge servings of nachos, burritos, quesadillas, etc. It's open 24/7, and there's always a line. There's pizza from Dominos and Pizza My Heart, as well as burgers from Deja Vu and The Habit, sandwiches from Subway and South Coast Deli, more traditional meals from Silvergreens, Bagel Cafe, etc. There are TONS of places to eat, as well as a site from which you can order them from, Most deliver late (3 AM approximately), and have deals on a regular basis.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: With regards to looks, girls are A+ here. The majority of girls here could easily be models for a living, and work hard to look good. A lot of girls here love to party too, and the best looking girls are usually in sororities, but not always. Everyone at UCSB dresses for the weather, so if there's sun out, expect some skin. Social life usually revolves around kickbacks at people's apartments, and parties throughout Isla Vista. Relationships are way I gave this section a B+ - people are usually just looking to hook up here, so if that's your thing, consider this an A+. Finding someone who is interested in a relationship is difficult here, but I've observed it can be done.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are four total dining halls on campus: De la Guerra (DLG), Ortega, Carrillo, and Portola. DLG, Ortega, and Portola are the primary dining commons for freshmen, with DLG and Ortega serving the majority of freshmen on campus, and Portola serving those who are at the off campus dorms. Carrillo mainly serves upperclassmen living on campus. Carrillo is the best by far, with the best options, a great layout, and a section with booths to sit in. It also has an outdoor area that is very pleasant when it's sunny. Avoid Portola if you can, the food there is less than optimal, with few options and in my opinion, poorly cooked food. DLG and Ortega are right in the middle, and are hit and miss - some nights are great, others are alright. The menu variety at Carrillo is definitely the best. If you have a Plus plan you can use that to buy food at the vendors on campus, but the dominant meal plan system at UCSB is with swiping in with a predetermined amount of meals each week. The three basic plans are 17, 14, and 10 meal plans. You can eat as much as you want, and stay as long as you want (until closing of course), so there isn't any pressure to get less expensive food. Meal plans are available for those off campus. Overall, the food is good, but dependent on where you eat it. Carrillo is definitely the best, so go there if you can! It's not that far to walk across the lagoon for some good eats.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The school offers a lot of programs and majors for the students along with many ways for students to enjoy them selves and to find personal growth. I am in the microbiology major and I find the classes that I have taken to be incredible and I have learned so much in just a few short years. I give UCSB a B+ though because it has a lot of partying and thus students acting inappropriately and can sometimes be overwhelming for a student who is not in that scene.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are a bit far away from the main part of campus but everything a student needs to have fun, exercise, eat and get work done is right here and very convenient.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The police officers will really get you while riding your bike and even ticket you!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The pastimes to be able to register for courses is just the beginning. Sometimes people don't get the classes they want so they end up crashing the course, and most of the time they end up with the classes they wanted. The professors are very understanding and they will do their best to accommodate people. The study load can be a bit hectic but in the end it all comes down to time management.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorming experience is definitely something that every freshman looks forward to in college. Here in UCSB the Resident Assistants definitely make an effort to make your college experience a pleasurable one. Although living with someone completely new to you can be a pleasurable experience or a bad one. Despite how you get along with your room mate, it is always important that you address any likes or dislikes with them. It makes everyones life easier.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Sociology and Chicano/Chicana Studies major at my school. The professors are definitely very passionate about their subjects of expertise making the courses very engaging and enriching. some professors write their own books making the interpretation of the material easier to understand. They offer research internships that can be very benefiting, with that said, the professors are definitely very approachable.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports at UC Santa Barbara are excellent. Although we don't have a football team, the fan support for our soccer team is out of this world. The school spirit at the soccer games and basketball games has become one of my absolute favorite things about this school. It's a whole new kind of experience. Intramural sports are also really popular, as people at this school tend to be very active!

5 College Freshman

Academics: I came to UC Santa Barbara because being a UC school, they have a great academic reputation. In my time spent here so far, they have definitely lived up to their reputation. All of my professors are extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and their passion for the subject always amazes me. It's their passion that keeps me interested during lectures and motivates me to pay attention and do my best. The use of sections, especially in underclassmen classes, is extremely helpful. The TAs help us get a deeper understanding of the material and facilitate helpful discussion.

2 College Freshman

Administration: UC Santa Barbara is not very strict about alcohol laws. Since the party scene is so big here, it seems as if the authorities are much more concerned with keeping everyone safe, rather than preventing people from engaging in underage drinking. If you get caught drinking in the dorms, you get a write-up and have to attend an alcohol program. However, most freshmen don't drink in the dorms - they drink in Isla Vista. There are still laws there, but people don't usually get into trouble unless they are very obviously drunk. Cops are always present on big weekends, but they are more concerned with the noise ordinance and keeping party smalls - they don't bust everyone.


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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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