University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 15 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for University of California, Santa Barbara

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

This school is geared towards the success of white students. Students of color are disadvantaged and isolated. There is little diversity, and ignorant comments can be heard throughout the campus from both professors and fellow students. It is shameful. But the ocean is nice and Multicultural Greek life is where I have found my place. These people are incredible.

Academics

Economics is the most difficult program at UCSB. I switched out of it because the professors intend to weed out those who are not serious about the major. The workload is intense, just as any other UC. Class sizes vary incredibly. Professors are not as involved in their students' education as they should be.

College Life

I think panhelenic and IFC greek life is established to separate the dominant affluent white students from everyone else. The night life is world famous, but is actually not all that. Racist slurs can be heard yelled throughout Isla Vista on friday nights. There is no consideration for students of color from anyone. Multicultural Greek Life and the Multicultural Center have worked together to make me feel safe.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Even with the loads of homework stacking up, I can’t help but think how awesome college is. I know I probably sound like a complete nerd right now, but when it comes down to it, I’m proud to admit that I love the university I’m currently attending. The people here are so laid back and chill about everything, but even more so, they are so nice. I even had a good first impression when I first visited the University of California of Santa Barbara simply because people (both students and professors) had been really helpful when my parents and I got lost trying to navigate our way around with a map. And to top things off, when I arrived here for my two-day orientation, I found out how easy it was to find somebody that I had things in common with, and to befriend them. People here are genuine, it’s almost weird. Everyday I’m meeting new faces and the ones I already know are only becoming closer and closer as friends.

Academics

Aside from the social life, it seems the education is exactly what they say it is: topnotch education! Although in some cases (like math, for me) there is material that is difficult to comprehend, it is not impossible as long as you read the chapters accordingly. There is always a lot of reading involved, but even with that being said, you will have an actual social life here. People are so helpful that I even got through the math part I was struggling with on my Astronomy homework just last night.

College Life

No matter who you are or what you are, people here seem very quick to accept one another. Everyone is bound to find at least one thing in common, and I think everybody here seems to understand that or acknowledge that to some extent.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2005

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

There are many opportunities to explore what program most interests you as an undergraduate in a liberal arts college, what I find particularly compelling about UCSB is that this interdisciplinary thinking translates even at the graduate level where students are encouraged to incorporate other disciplines and fellows. This allows for a rich tapestry of education and long term scholarship.

Academics

UCSB has what I would imagine to be a normal workload, class sizes from 800 in the largest lecture hall to as small as 3 to 5 in others. It offers a wide variety of academic programs well accredited and even has 5 or so noble prize winning professors.

College Life

Santa Barbara is often referred to as the California Riviera. The temperature is almost always mild and sunny. There are mountains, rivers, waterfalls, ocean, desert, marshland, hot springs and occasional snow on nearby mountains. There are bountiful farmer's markets, you're close to wine country in the Northerly Santa Ynez Valley and just about any sport/activity is easy to find. SB is conveniently located an hour and a half away from LA, but far enough that it feels like a retreat.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

Great school with good professors. Campus life is lively and friendly. Campus living is a big plus, with Isla Vista located within walking distance next to Campus and having beach access. Professors are available and seem to have an interest in their students' careers and lives.

Academics

Ranges from large classes to small. Really enjoyed the art classes, where there were real art studios. The Linguistics program is also excellent with great professors. Wide selection of classes with guest speakers. Curriculum is challenging, but not too intimidating.

College Life

Fun, casual, friendly. Isla Vista has a great social atmosphere, as does downtown Santa Barbara. There is a reputation of hard partying that happens at UCSB, so parents should be warned and advise their kids to act responsibly. Due to the campus having a party town right next to it, things do get out of hand.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

Excellent experience with great people, good teachers, and fantastic weather. Very nice facilities, including several new buildings and living areas since I graduated. It was a beautiful place to begin with, with great opportunities to bike and walk to classes.

Academics

A few weak teachers here and there (mostly grad students), but overall, a great experience. Class size is as expected; art history classes were enormous, the more science based classes tended to be smaller. I recommend Crouch to everyone, assuming he's still there.

College Life

Fantastic social life. Greek life (viewed secondhand) is a little too skeevy for my taste. Lots of questionable activities happening in the frat/sor houses. Plenty of parties on weekends (weekends start wed night, if I recall), plenty of social groups and clubs.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

UCSB = one of a kind. If you are looking for a truelly unique experience, then this is the place. I do not know of any other campus where you can surf in between classes, let alone on your own private beach. It is truelly a unique experience and for anyone that loves the beach, unbeleivable restaurants, and a socialite environment, then this is the palce for you.

Academics

One of the reasons I joined UCSB and chose Communication as a major was because it had the 3@ communication program in the country. The professors and the offered classes backed that up and I thuroughly enjoyede every class that had to do with my focuss of study.

College Life

I lived off of campus (just outside of Isla Vista), so I was able to ride my bike to campus, party if I wanted, but also able to focuss when I had too. I would ride my bike to school everyday (15 minutes), with my surfboard attached, go to class for 3 hours, and surf on my way home. I had four classes each day (Tuesday and Thursday) which gave me a 4 day weekend every week. What else could you want?


Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

The UCSB community is vibrant and enthused. The atmosphere is unbeatable and I loved every second of my experience there. So many courses to choose from and so many new people to meet. Tips for new students would be to try everything once. If you hate a course you can always switch out, but you never know until you try!

Academics

Some of the GEs such as Geology I was not very excited to take. I wish there were more options for non-math/science types. But I very much enjoyed my English and professional writing courses. I loved my writing professors, they were a great guide and resource to me throughout my undergrad experience and encouraged me to break out of my shell, which I did!

College Life

I played water polo in college and loved the athletic facilities. UCSB is great in the sense that you can bike everywhere. A very healthy Green-promoting environment. Campus safety was never an issue for me but there are many drunk co-eds so you need to be with someone at all times during the night.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1998

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

This is one of the most beautiful schools you could hope to ever attend. It's like going to school in paradise. The campus is on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. UCSB has a laid back atmosphere where students bike to school, study hard, and party even harder.

Academics

I majored in Communication and really enjoyed all of my professors and courses. I'll admit, though, it's been over 10 years since I studied there so I don't remember a lot about the specifics. But it was great and I learned a lot and the program set me on a path for future career success in online media.

College Life

UCSB has the best campus life you could ever hope for. Yes, it's known as a party school. And yes, that's accurate. The surrounding city of Isla Vista is populated entirely by students and every weekend night there are parties up and down that you can just walk right into and have some fun.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1993

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

For starters, the UCSB campus and Isla Vista (the town adjacent to the campus) is paradise. Beautiful ocean views with islands and mountains behind you serves as a backdrop to college life. The academics are challenging if you choose a difficult major such as engineering or science. However, you can manage to skate through and imbibe in the amazing social life if that is your thing. Basically you have complete freedom to choose how you want to go through college. Can you handle it? I considered it the perfect way to prepare for life. Great surfing too all up and down the coastline.

Academics

Classes are reasonably small and teachers are accessible. No complaints. Great science and engineering schools believe it or not. I think many top researchers in the country try and come to this great setting. I took between 14-20 units and worked part time jobs the whole time.

College Life

My god you have dorms and apartments that line the cliffs overlooking the sea. Friday and Saturday nights in Isla Vista are really fun and you can go from party to party up and down "Del Playa" which is the main drag along the Ocean Front. I lived right on the cliffs for 2 years and would highly recommend you try this. You will make it a lifelong goal to have a place on the sand one day. I'm still trying to do that. It's awesome.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1985

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

College was quite a few years back for me however, that time in my life remains one of the most influential and cherished for me. Scholastically I was introduced to the world of science/math/physics that although I never used in a direct way has always increased my interest in the world. Socially, there is no match. I believe that starting school and being assigned a room mate you do not know is one of the most important and life changing experiences a young adult can have. My freshman year (1981) room mate as well as 3 other friends from that year are, to this day, are one of my closest groups of friends, we go on a vacation together every year.

Academics

I believe the level of education is as high as you can get but as in all things it is only as good as what you decide to put into it. UCSB is a large school and much larger now than when I attended. I am sure a person could find it hard to start out in such large classes and be a number to many professors. I think that would depend on the person and their confidence. I never had a hard time finding assistance when I needed it..

College Life

UCSB is somewhat unparalleled in the atmosphere and setting. It is a beach resort for the young and adventurous. Students can find it hard to concentrate with a ocean view from their dorm room but with and average dose of discipline - it can be done. There are endless activities and groups to join and life long friends to be made.


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