Santa Barbara, CA
University of California-Santa Barbara


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Recent Reviews

Naomi
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 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.

erika
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is an amazing learning establishment with endless possibilities and an amazing view. Classes are conveniently located. Bik...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is an amazing learning establishment with endless possibilities and an amazing view. Classes are conveniently located. Biking and walking are great options to get to class. Campus is clean, well lit and always active. Dorms are small but well cared for. Desk assistants are the best.

Janelle
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Not only is the school itself one of the greatest communities I've ever been a part of, but the entire environment around the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Not only is the school itself one of the greatest communities I've ever been a part of, but the entire environment around the campus feels like it was taken straight out of a movie. The adjacent town of Isla Vista is truly magical. There are smiles everywhere you look, paired with the occasional surfboard and flip flops. The beauty of the atmosphere inspires students to exceed academically as well as just be nice to each other. If you ask anyone here, they will tell you the same thing, "there is really no way to describe it, you just can feel it". It has been my dream school for as long as I can remember and every day while I'm riding my bike to class, I still cannot believe it is my reality.

Brian
What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCSB truly gives students that "college experience" feeling because of the unique culture of our college community, Isla Vist...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UCSB truly gives students that "college experience" feeling because of the unique culture of our college community, Isla Vista. As a research institution, the school offers excellent academic opportunities with our brilliant professors, but I'm personally not a fan of the lecture heavy teaching methods most classes use. During the past two years here I have grown so much as a person by meeting amazing people and making great memories. I would recommend this school to any incoming freshman! It's a great place to be.

Stephanie
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I love UCSB with all my heart. I am going into my 3rd year and there are still so many opportunities I am trying to take adva...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love UCSB with all my heart. I am going into my 3rd year and there are still so many opportunities I am trying to take advantage of! It is such a well-rounded campus full of welcoming students. I love that students aren't just focused on one thing such as classes, or athletics, or working. I am surrounded by a diverse group of students that are involved in so many ways and yet still take academics very seriously. Professors are incredible and really want students to succeed. It's also pretty nice that we live 30 seconds away from the beach!!

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  • 21,574
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $14,073
  • Acceptance rate
  • 36%

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