University of California-Santa Barbara Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.