Santa Barbara, CA
University of California-Santa Barbara


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Recent Reviews

Tony
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Situated north of Los Angeles along California's luscious coast line, UCSB is extraordinary! No doubt, this has to be one of ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Situated north of Los Angeles along California's luscious coast line, UCSB is extraordinary! No doubt, this has to be one of the world's most beautiful campuses. The Pacific breeze and the ascendant mountains make the conditions perfect for a comfortable yet active student life to thrive. UCSB is home to world-class professors and innovators, who are more than willing to be involved with their students. They 100% care for their student's overall well-being, progress, and success. The academics are rigorous but also designed to place students in the best professions and graduate institution, and equip them as resourceful and reliable contributors in today's evolving world. The opportunities are endless here!

Christina
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Overall, it is a great school. The Engineering Program here is very strong. Besides academics, the party scene is like no oth...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, it is a great school. The Engineering Program here is very strong. Besides academics, the party scene is like no other, UCSB is a very social environment, being right along the beach. You cannot get an experience like this at any other college.

Leslie
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The academic atmosphere of the school is amazing. Everyone is generally attempting to help each other by offering study group...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The academic atmosphere of the school is amazing. Everyone is generally attempting to help each other by offering study groups in the dorms and in different departments. There are many available resources to students, especially those of color. There are also many groups and activities that happen every week on the facebook page that almost everyone can attend for free. The beautiful beach scenery is also a bonus and is a nice place to relax after finals.

Anna Martina
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I came into UCSB not sure what to expect but being here now as a student I can definitely say that it is the right school for...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I came into UCSB not sure what to expect but being here now as a student I can definitely say that it is the right school for me. Before coming here, a lot of people would mention how it is a big party school and expressed their concerns on how it would affect my education and academic performance. However I did not find this true at all. The party reputation that UCSB gets is completely exaggerated. A lot of students here take their academics seriously and it is easy to stay out of the party scene when you need to. In addition, people here are very friendly in general so it makes it easier to make friends. This is especially true if you are a freshman and end up living in FT or Santa Catalina which is off-campus. The students who live there are majority if not all freshman who are excited and are looking to make new friends so finding where you fit in is not a difficult task. I think one thing that makes UCSB unique is the small town beside it called Isla Vista. The town is filled with a close community of college students that either attend UCSB or SBCC (Santa Barbara City College). It is where most of the parties happen but also where people hang out, grab some food, or study. The ocean access is only a few minutes away and is always in sight. This is what makes UCSB a very beautiful campus. Overall, UCSB is a great school.

Naomi
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Overall, I feel safe at UCSB. I went to a soccer game last quarter and it was really fun, people throw tortillas which is fun...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, I feel safe at UCSB. I went to a soccer game last quarter and it was really fun, people throw tortillas which is funny. The majority of the students live a fit life and I am able to have serious, mature conversations. I feel comfortable asking the professors and even the TA's for help, which I do frequently. As for the foods, it is always a hit or miss. I love the mac and cheese here, but there are a few dishes that aren't the best. I recommend looking at the menu beforehand. The gym does get packed in the beginning of the year, but eventually, it is not that bad. The weather is really weird as well, one day it's hot, another rainy. I say to wait until the day of to make an outfit and not rely heavily on the weather apps. Overall, I am really happy that I am here. Everyone is really kind and friendly.

Caroline
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The school is lovely. The campus is situated on the water, and there is beauty everywhere you look. There’s a vibrant communi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is lovely. The campus is situated on the water, and there is beauty everywhere you look. There’s a vibrant community, especially in our local (college) town, Isla Vista. I have found my professors accessible and genuinely interested in being there for their students. Unfortunately, I do believe there is a very large party scene, and, if you do not partake in alcohol or other substances, it can feel hard for you to connect to community.

Melissa
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I have stayed at this school for three days during a summer session and I have enjoyed the school so far from that experience...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have stayed at this school for three days during a summer session and I have enjoyed the school so far from that experience. The staff was very helpful, friendly with others, and well organized when I checked in. Not only the staff was professional, so was my campus tour. The tour itself was informative and held a slide show after about the school’s academics. One of the cafeterias that I have eaten there was roomy and had multiple food choices. Of course, the weather in the morning is very humid but it eventually clears out. In my dorm, it was small but manageable to live in and the restrooms were clean and spacious. Although I did not visit the classrooms or experienced the student life fully, I enjoyed my stay at UC Santa Barbara.

Duy
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I love it. It has its own unique environment where everyone is friendly and open to one another, something only found in fair...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love it. It has its own unique environment where everyone is friendly and open to one another, something only found in fairy tales. I myself have visited other UC schools, and by far no other campus has a better sense of community than this one. It's almost Utopian.

Konrad
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UCSB is rightly renowned for its academics and has the undue and outdated reputation as a "party school." Sure, partying is a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCSB is rightly renowned for its academics and has the undue and outdated reputation as a "party school." Sure, partying is a prevalent and visible part of student life, but students play hard and work harder. UCSB a medium-sized campus with a secluded niche community in Isla Vista, so it can feel lively or a bit cramped -- really depends on your outlook. As for the faculty, the professors are from all over the world and are typically outstanding in their field. It's a good idea to get to know them outside of class and ask them about their work.

Camille
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I am really happy that I chose to attend this school. It is definitely challenging, but you have lots of support all around y...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am really happy that I chose to attend this school. It is definitely challenging, but you have lots of support all around you. Students are very friendly and have built a great community.

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