Santa Barbara, CA
University of California-Santa Barbara


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Recent Reviews

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UCSB is rightly renowned for its academics and has the undue and outdated reputation as a "party school."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UCSB is rightly renowned for its academics and has the undue and outdated reputation as a "party school."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
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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
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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!!

Cherry
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The worst school ever attended. Advisors don’t know what they are saying. You will hear many different types of equivocal ans...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The worst school ever attended. Advisors don’t know what they are saying. You will hear many different types of equivocal answers for a same question from the same office. They are just so good at taxing you time and never care about if you are suffering from this. Classes are big and not engaging. Poor psychology services and my psychologist laughed and said “Oh why would you want to take your own life during the night?” when I was seeking for support. Don’t know why I ever come here and so hopeless.

karrie
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The school itself is very open to different opinion. It's a safe environment to voice anything you’d like to say, but the nea...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school itself is very open to different opinion. It's a safe environment to voice anything you’d like to say, but the nearby city Isla Vista is more republican( so if you’re democrat). Be careful when you go to parties with your friends on the weekend because you might encounter a impoliet person. There’s campus protest all the time, so making a statement is always encouraged. The LGBTQ community is very popular on campus and they are always trying to bring awareness to new people. They have their own center in the Student Resource Building. They also pass out all types of condoms and educate on STDS/STIS. The school has multiple resources on campus to make your money worth. There’s psychological counseling during the day and a specific hotline at night so if there’s ever a crisis. They have massage chairs and egg chair where students can use for intervals of 15 minutes. The school also has a hot tub in the recreational center( gym) that is accessible as long as your have your ID. They also have physical education classes to take during the quarters for half a unit, where the class has no grade, you just work out. The library is the biggest building on campus so you’re sure to find your study spot somewhere. It has 8 floors open until 10pm at night and the first two floors are open 24 hours a day. You are always encouraged to study in the library since it has the best database and resources at hand. If you have further questions, professors are always willing to talk during offices hours or by appointment.The staff is wonderful with aa variety of teaching styles. The school is very eco-friendly and suggest you use a bike instead of car or use a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic water bottle. UCSB is a research university so STEM majors are very competitive and their classes are high in demand. So make sure you know your pastime. The academic advisors are the best people to contact if a students ever has a question about their classes or are struggling to pass. UCSB is a great school because it's a huge party school, but also a very competitive school. We have the best of both worlds.

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