University of California-Santa Barbara Reviews

  • 64 Reviews
  • Santa Barbara (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $44,145
92% of 64 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 64 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Tejvir Grewall
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2020
"I thought both of the programs were very weak. I was accepted as a math major, and I was struggling. I like art, but in reflection with my student loans that I still have, I don't think I really learned anything striking. Teachers sat back and maybe one global studies class was interesting that I still remember. I did not find all of that information to be true, so I was stuck on the biases being spread in lectures."
Genessis Castorena
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"I attended UCSB for 4 years. Overall once I found a good group of friends my experience was great. I was born and raised in a hispanic community, went to a predominantly hispanic high school therefore moving to Santa Barbara, CA and being immersed in a predominately caucasian environment was a little bit of a culture shock. It would be great to see more diversity amongst the student population and faculty. As far as faculty goes, I had a great experience with all professors. UCSB Is very large school therefore it is hard to create a good relationship with professors unless you consistently go to their office hours. My favorite professor by far was the Sociology 1 professor. I was a biopsychology major, loved all my upper division courses. There were plenty of opportunities to get involved with research. As a science major, I appreciated and loved the C.L.A.S. program offered for free on campus. CLAS are tutoring classes led by graduate students, they greatly contributed to my success as a science major student. Adjusting to college level courses was a little bit difficult for me. I received 2 C's first year. I started college wanting to go to medical school, I knew the Cs on my transcript were not good however I knew I still had time to make it up by working hard and receiving good grades in the rest of my med school prerequisites, the counselors did not see it this way. Of about 4-5 counselors that I went to see all but 1 were very discouraging of my chances of getting into any PA or medical program. Instead of saying "it might be a little more difficult, but here is what you can do to improve your chances" they all told me to find another career path. I start PA school in two days. My advice is that no matter who you are getting advice from take it with a grain of salt and continue to work hard towards your goals. Good luck in college! Enjoy every second because it flies by!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
"UCSB was a great school with an amazing library and array of classes. The weather was always great and it was a safe and friendly environment to learn in. Global Studies as a major in itself was a broad field and allows for a variety of jobs and sectors afterwards. Overall, UCSB was a chill school with a beautiful campus and atmosphere."
Kr
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"University of California Santa Barbara was an incredible school to attend. Like any school, you get what you put into it. If you take your classes seriously, work hard, and utilize office hours/TAs for your classes, you will get a lot out of them. I found that the professors were very informative and cared about their students. CLAS tutoring for science classes is FREE and honestly saved me in Biology and Organic Chemistry. CLAS is an incredible resource so definitely use it. The library was great, with its textbook reserve where you can rent your class textbooks for a few hours at a time. There were plenty of classes that I didn't buy the textbooks for (being a broke student and all) and instead used the library reserves. This school has a lot of resources for students to be involved with the community, get the support they need, and overall have a great experience. My specific degree was fantastic. The counselors were very helpful in making sure I was on the right track and the classes I took for this major were very interesting. Biopsychology at UCSB is a degree that is under the Psychology Department, which had incredible, supportive counselors. Unfortunately, I also spoke to a counselor in the Biology Department who was very condescending and unsupportive, so it depends on the department you are a part of at this school. Overall, it seemed like most of the faculty was great though! UCSB is also a very highly renowned research university, so take advantage of this and see if you can join a professor in any research projects that may interest you."
Samantha Lee
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2019
  • Degree: Statistics
"Great program! The teachers provide ample office hours and there are plenty of additional sessions led by TAs and upper division students for any help. I personally built very close relationships with each of my professors and they have been supportive in my career and making sure I received all the resources I needed for my education."
Mariag Boyd
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2019
  • Degree: Sociology
"The transition from high school to college is more than just academics. It is a mental/emotional transition as well. The process of acclimating to a new environment is, in my opinion, one of the hardest to do especially if you feel out of place. Coming from the diversity of the Bay Area to a small, secluded, and more conservative area was definitely a culture shock. The campus' social and political climate was sometimes difficult to navigate, but I am forever thankful for the experience because it forced me to step up and become a leader and activist. The professors I had (especially in the Sociology department) were great. They opened my eyes and gave me the tools and language to describe my experiences as a black women in a system not built for my success. They exposed to me social injustices and forced me to analyze and critique "traditional values". More than that, they allowed for me to grow and discover my passion. For students of color, especially Black students, interested in pursuing their degree at a PWI, I would say it is important to establish your campus support network early on because often times it is easy to get lost in the shuffle and feel like you are in it alone. But you aren't, there are multiple services and people on campus there to support you in reaching your goal."
Ally
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2019
  • Degree: English
"UCSB is a beautiful campus. The English and Classics departments were adequate with a few truly exceptional professors. The community of Isla Vista can be overwhelming in its apathy. There is certainly space to work hard and put forth programs that could really benefit the community and set you apart from the average student."
Luis Quintero
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2018
  • Degree: Spanish
"The University of California-Santa Barbara is a fantastic school. It is one of the top-ranked public schools in the United States, and it has a lot to offer to students. From my experiences, the professors are always will to help in any way possible and will gladly meet with students during office hours. The education offered at UCSB is superb! Besides the quality of education provided at this school, it is also a great place to be in with scenic views of the ocean. Personally, this was the selling point for me; I love having the beach on campus where I can go between classes."
Dan
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2018
  • Degree: Biology
"UCSB is a great school for an undergraduate experience. I recommend it due to the highly social aspects of it and the strong faculty and programs it has. UCSB is great for undergraduates as it is open, collaborative, and a great place to be. Everyone is looking out for one another and contributes to each others success."
Daniel O
  • Reviewed: 11/27/2017
  • Degree: Music
"UC Santa Barbara is an amazing school. From the campus to the faculty. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the athletic department as well as the music department. The academics are strong and the faculty cared a great deal about the students' education. I was able to utilize what I learned into my graduate studies. I highly recommend UCSB in all facets!"
Ben
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2017
  • Degree: Economics
"UCSB is a wonderful school if you are the type of student to succeed here (social, hard working, and most importantly, self-disciplined). Academics are extremely rigorous in the Economics and Accounting curriculum to many peoples surprise, so be prepared to work extremely hard. The bell curve puts you against the brightest students, which are aplenty. Also, take care of your mental health, as a competitive environment can cause you to burn out or be discouraged. Since the university has so many students, it can be hard to feel a personal connection with your professor, and some can come across very cold. The nature of the industry of accounting causes this in people, is what Ive observed after being in industry for several years. Overall, top notch education that definitely made me much more intelligent and efficient at critical thinking, especially. I am pursuing a graduate degree and finding my quantitive and critical thinking skills much better than before I attended UCSB."
Stella
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Unfortunately there were doctoral level programs on campus which were fledgling and the professors had little experience with advising dissertations and were uncertain about what the specific requirements should be. They also notoriously did not know the rules of graduate division and on their part thought they could break any rules they wanted with a care to how it might affect the student. The classes themselves were fairly mediocre but that goes without saying. The teaching experience you received also depended solely on what was convenient for the department at the moment and not what would help build your CV and skills. A lot also depended on who your adviser was and not merit. Always check carefully the track record of your adviser."
Stella
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Unfortunately there were doctoral level programs on campus which were fledgling and the professors had little experience with advising dissertations and were uncertain about what the specific requirements should be. They also notoriously did not know the rules of graduate division and on their part thought they could break any rules they wanted with a care to how it might affect the student. The classes themselves were fairly mediocre but that goes without saying. The teaching experience you received also depended solely on what was convenient for the department at the moment and not what would help build your CV and skills. A lot also depended on who your adviser was and not merit. Always check carefully the track record of your adviser."
David Raban
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2017
  • Degree: History
"UCSB changed my life. Over four years, the school encouraged me to obtain three majors, study abroad in London for a year, and grow as a leader. The beautiful campus and its warm weather encouraged great discussions with faculty and friends. Plus as a California resident, the cost was affordable and the location close to my family. I would go back to UCSB in a heartbeat."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"Undergrads partied a lot, but graduate school engineering is top notch."
Kiara Jackson
  • Reviewed: 4/17/2017
  • Degree: Sociology
"Although there needs to be more diversity and I am hoping UCSB is providing opportunities and resources for more students or color to apply, I enjoyed my time at UCSB. I met great people and some of them are my best friends now. The sociology department was amazing. I also minored in English. The professors provided an in-depth knowledge and analysis of the material that was stunning. I learned a lot and because of the classes I took, it led me to my career path-- working as a college advisor, who is going back to school for a masters in public policy. I loved all of my classes in particular the classes which discussed race, racism, and ethnicity, I even studied abroad to continue learning about these topics in a new surrounding and to gain a different perspective. UCSB provided great opportunities for me."
Cynthia Estrada
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2017
  • Degree: English
"What I appreciated the most about UCSB was that it looked beyond academics and truly pushed students to belong to a club, campus organization, internship, on campus job, etc. My first year at UCSB, I took a "Intro to University" course that taught all about the resources available to campus, how I should take on out of the classroom experience, and allowed me to network with other first year students. From that course, I then decided to take on internships and on campus jobs that led me to obtain the jobs I have had post graduation. Another aspect of UCSB that I loved was the "think outside the box" mentality that comes with attending a research university. Instead of learning HOW to do something, we were asked to consider WHY we do something. Instead of learning 2+2=4. we learned to ask how and why 2+2=4. The professors we had were top in their field and allowed for the opportunity for students to ask questions, be engaged, and ultimately become experts themselves."
Johnny
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"Having initially been pre-med and then going into Zoology I feel that I was able to go through a wide expanse of classes that would be able to help me in medical school. I was also able to enjoy nature through this program and have visited some of the UC natural reserve locations that are blocked off to the general public. Furthermore, I was able to get greatly involved in many extracurricular activities and feel like I was a part of the city that became my family. Greatest experience in life so far has been going to this college."
Luca
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"Santa Barbara is a great school and its professors are all top notch. There are many research opportunities which contribute more to your future career than any class could so definitely take advantage of this. SB prides itself as a research university, and working in a laboratory setting is the most exciting and fulfilling experience you could get. Your classmates are generally very friendly and it is also wise to try to find friends to study with and share study material--makes life tons more fun and you get more out of your study especially with upper division classes."
Breana Wiles
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2017
  • Degree: Sociology
"UCSB was such a wonderful experience. I graduated with a BA in Sociology and a minor in LGBTQ Studies. The professors were always willing to help students in any way they could, from helping with class material to even talking about everyday life. I am still in contact with one of my sociology professors who wrote me a letter of recommendation for graduate school, to which I was just recently accepted. UCSB was a very diverse school and all the students were very welcoming and nice. I feel that I received a wonderful education and graduated as a stronger, well rounded, and more knowledgeable individual. I loved this school because of its diversity, the professors were amazing, the location was beautiful, and the education I received was more than worth it. I will always be a Gaucho and I recommend UCSB to all those applying for college!"