University of California-Santa Barbara Reviews

3.88 out of 5 stars
(40 Reviews)
  • Santa Barbara (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $43,383
91% of 40 students said this degree improved their career prospects
100% of 40 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Ben - 11/5/2017
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
David Raban - 6/28/2017
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Kiara Jackson - 4/17/2017
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cynthia Estrada - 3/27/2017
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
2.8 out of 5 stars
Johnny - 3/2/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
3.2 out of 5 stars
Luca - 2/23/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Breana Wiles - 2/22/2017
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015
"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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brian - 2/22/2017
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2015
"MY EXPERIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA GREATLY ENHANCED MY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. THE SCHOOL PROVIDED GREAT EDUCATION AND A WONDERFUL SOCIAL ATMOSPHERE. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO ANYONE. THE ECONOMICS PROGRAM WAS WELL RUN AND SET ME UP WELL IN MY CAREER."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Johnny Magana - 2/15/2017
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2012
"I'm fascinated by the student diversity on campus, diversity was a highlight in my personal selection criteria. My desire was to attend a school that embraced divers walks of life and when I found out that University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) strives to to embraced diversity, there and then I knew UCSB was for me."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jamal Abdul-Hafiz - 12/29/2016
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2008
"UCSB was a great school. The mechanical engineering teachers were very knowledgeable and a good handful had experience in industry. They brought theory and application together topped with experience. There are a variety of classes to choose from where you can try out different subjects or focus on a specific area. Beautiful campus and a challenging but layers back environment."