University of California-Santa Barbara Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (14)
UCSB helped me become a better, more developed, smarter version of myself. I took some great classes with some great professors and used references from my internships to get launch my career after graduated.
You cannot beat the value of what this college costs and the quality of the teaching/classes. The culture is unique and a fun place to go to college.
Wonderful location. Love that I chose to and had the opportunity to go away for college. Highly recommend it, happy to be home near family again with a degre
UCSB was a good choice for me because I wanted to go to a large school, and because I was able to balance fun with schoolwork. While the social life is incredibly stimulating, and the landscape is unbeatable, the academics are also very good, particularly the hard sciences. Since I have been out of school for about 6 years now, the major complaint that I have about UCSB is the lack of academic guidance. With credits from high school, I was able to earn a BA in Global Studies without taking a single math or science class. While I was happy about this at the time, I now have less flexibility in grad school and career choices because I do not have the prerequisites. Nobody at UCSB ever guided me or recommended that I take a science course, in case I wanted to enter the healthcare field, for example. I have many friends from UCSB who spent time after graduation in community college classes to get pre-req's. Overall, I had a wonderful experience at UCSB and have dozens of lasting friendships that I cherish from that time in my life. I choose to graduate in 3 years because the social scene can be exhausting if you are at all introverted, and because the cost to attend was high.
UCSB was diverse, very accepting, and also very engaging for all students regardless of interests. Many resources were offered for personal health, professional development, educational support, and social support. I participated in a group therapy session on campus, received couples counseling from PhD students, and participated as a research assistant. I was only there for two years and very much enjoyed the beautiful campus so close to the water, and the readily available, free public transportation.
Great opportunity but lots of distractions. Need to be self motivated and organized
It was a pretty good school. It did, though, seem that the majority of my professors were more interested in their research than they were in teaching their respective courses, which sometimes made the coursework more difficult. That being said, I was lucky enough to have some absolutely amazing professors that made my time there much more enjoyable.
It really is an amazing place and will be remembered as a very special time of your life that you Will miss :) Just make sure to balance studying with the partying, and you'll do great. Graduates from here learn social skills from all the evening socializing that serve them their entire life and complete the solid academic part of your education.
For a big name school, it's on the small side which I liked. Everyone uses their bike which is cool. Isla Vista is a super cool college town. If you're not a party-er, don't go here. Classes aren't overly impacted/crowded and you've got a pretty good chance of getting into the ones you want
UCSB is right near the water - can be a bit distracting. Diverse student body. Beautiful people - may be typical of most beachside schools. Degree program was top notch, but I would recommend Cal Poly SLO if you are very focused on getting a solid job out of school. UCSB is more of a research focused school, Cal Poly is more applied. If you like to party and/or have lots of opportunities to have a successful college life, go here