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Reviews 3871 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus safety is great, it is well lit and I have never felt safe walking alone at night, but if you ever do you can call a CSO escort (you can also call them if you're in IV). The only issue on campus that I can think of is bike theft, but invest in a good U-lock and lock your bike up properly and you should be fine. I would advise registering your bike at the beginning of the year with CSOs (I think it costs 10 dollars) and then you have a much better chance of it being found if it is stolen.

Off campus is a different story. Rape/sexual assault is very common in Isla Vista, as is bike theft. There is the occasional stabbing and drunken fights are pretty common. BUT you will be fine if you don't walk the streets alone at night. And don't feel bad calling a CSO to walk/bike with you home if you don't feel safe. For the most part I wouldn't say Isla Vista is a very dangerous community, mainly just: watch your drinks, don't go home with strangers, and don't walk alone at night. And please please please use condoms, nothing wrong with casual sex but stay safe.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Well no one likes a strict campus... And ours isn't terrible. It's bad in IV and terrible in Halloween, but on campus during the day it's almost nonexistent. However, we do have that rude cop that sometimes hides next to the stop sign (for bikes) and gives out tickets if students don't actually stop. You can pretty much do whatever you want as long as you're sneaky about it. If there was an actual incident where security or police were needed, I'm sure they'd be there quickly to solve the problem.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The atmosphere is my favorite part about UCSB. First of all, we live on a beach. Literally, it's less than a ten-minute walk from the center of campus. On top of that, it's very green. There's plants everywhere, along with recycling bins and trash cans to keep everything clean and beautiful. Secondly, our student body is beautiful. You'll fall in love at least twice on your way to class. Third, Isla Vista! It's the coolest college town! The parties are abundant, the restaurants are delicious, and everything is really cozy. We ride bikes everywhere so there's not any pollution. There is also an overwhelming urge to eat right, exercise, and be healthy. The campus isn't too diverse in race, but there is always a culture-related program going on, and everyone is kind and open-minded for the most part. I've been to a drag show, a "Black family BBQ," salsa night at the hub, and a couple luaus. There really isn't a downside to UCSB's atmosphere.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Sociology is a very interesting subject that a lot of people don't know about. However, UCSB has a very strong sociology department, which is one of the reasons I chose this school. There's a million classes you can take on or related to the subject- the most popular being Soc152 (Human Sexuality). The workload is a bunch of reading and researching, but it's almost always really interesting. For internships, some of the students do volunteer research with the sociology professors. Since sociology is really the study of society and/or social interactions (depending on exactly which field you're in), the job opportunities are numerous.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a vast range of classes offered. All the teachers I've had so far have been professional and passionate about their subject, which is always inspiring. The workload would make it seem like the teachers aren't aware that I have several other classes, but all of the assignments aren't necessary. Registering for classes is a hassle; Registration times vary for each student, so the class you want might fill up before you even have a chance to get it. Then you either have to crash, or wait until next quarter. Crashing classes is always tricky, because it isn't guaranteed that you'll get in, and that effort will just turn into time wasted. Anyway, we have a fantastic library. Lots of quiet study places there.

4 College Senior

Local Area: If I was more into partying than I would rate it higher.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: UCSB offers a large variety of majors and minors for any student. Being the #7 research university in the nation, there is always research participation opprotunities or requirements in every course. The large lecture halls may seem impersonal and hectic at first, but each professor and TA always takes their time in section or office hours to answer any question you may have about the class

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramural sports are more popular than intercollegiate sports on campur. We have a great soccer and vollyball team, but lack major school spirit. Our school athletics would be much better with a football team

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: A lot of food places are close by and almost all delivery. Rent varies on the closeness depends on how close it is to the school but most is cheap especially if you decided to live with a group.
Cons: There are not many street lights.

4 College Student

Local Area: There are plenty of things to do. A 15min drive can get you into downtown. There is plenty of stores, movie theaters, and restaurants.

3 College Student

Administration: Parties are usually shut down by 12am; police roam the streets. Other than that its okay. Not much strictness that I feel at least.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The college town of Isla Vista is full of the most beautiful women I have ever seen! Every time a friend visits they make a comment on how attractive everyone who attends college here is.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The newly refurbished Recreation Center provides students with multiple opportunities to participate in Intramural Sports, Club sports or other activities such as: rock climbing, fitness, Zumba etc. I recently participated in a Ultimate Frisbee team and couldn't have had more fun!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: UCSB has its own beach! Whether you are studying in the library, getting food at the dinning commons or sleeping in your dorm its only a five minute walk to the beachfront paradise. In addition the small college town of Isla Vista provides an environment that is both relaxing and party eccentric,

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I have been very satisfied with my education here at UCSB. The class sizes for some of the broader courses are excessive but once you enter the concentrated topics they begin to shrink. I feel like I have received maximum instruction so far with the majority of my professors and TA's really putting forth their best effort to insure my success.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: UCSB is the only college campus with its own ocean front beach! The weather is beyond amazing 24/7. No day is too hot or too cold. It really is perfect here! You can go to class in shorts, a tank and flipflops and never be more satisfied. Nothing beats the Santa Barbara weather!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Even though UCSB does not have a Football team, which may be very disappointing, the plethora of athletic events that occur here out way every other school I got into. From our outstanding Soccer team to our exceptional Basketball squad nothing compares to watching high intensity division 1 sports. And the tortillas on the field at the end of the game add for a little Gaucho bonus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have a state-of-the-art Rec Center that I absolutely adore. Everyone is very friendly and the entire campus has a warm vibe to it.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: The policies aren't so much as strict as they are ensuring student safety. It is very clear that those caught with alcohol or illegal substances are punished but it is also made very clear that those who call an ambulance for an intoxicated friend will not be punished.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My first Sociology class was absolutely amazing. Professor Rawlings is very enthusiastic and a good educator. I hope to double major in Economics and use my Bachelors in both Sociology and Econ to find a government position.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is a beach right next to the dorms so you can imagine how amazing it is to hang out with your roommates down there for the night.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Santa Barbara has an amazing ambience. The students and the staff are very friendly and helpful to others. It feels as if though everyone is one big family.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: We have one of the largest clean rooms in the area that allows the materials department to stay high in the rankings.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The school attempts to be very diverse but fails at attracting minorities into the hard sciences. I am one of the only Hispanic chemistry majors.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Modest diversity in meals with attempted healthy options


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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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