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

4.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/4/2015
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Nate - 9/4/2015
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2011
"Great opportunity but lots of distractions. Need to be self motivated and organized"
3.4 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/1/2015
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/1/2015
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
3.2 out of 5 stars
TJN - 8/10/2015
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2009
"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"
3.6 out of 5 stars
John - 7/12/2015
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2012
"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"
3.0 out of 5 stars
Global studies grad 2009 - 5/29/2015
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2009
"UCSB was a wonderful undergrad experience! I was able to graduate in three years due to ample AP credits, but I was in no hurry because I was having a lot of fun. You can't beat the location--on the beach and in Santa Barbara. The Isla Vista experience is truly unique and wonderful, despite some of the unfortunate events over the last year or so. I would do it again in a heartbeat."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Karen F. - 9/16/2014
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014
"The main psych program at UCSB is research based. I found the classes to be fascinating and the variety of subjects to be excellent. I wish I had taken a minor in clinical psychology (based in another department) or education for more employment opportunities upon graduation. Overall I love the feel of the UCSB campus and found the instructors to be engaging and motivated to help each student learn."
3.8 out of 5 stars
mcs - 8/6/2014
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016
"The school has some really good professors that will help you when you need it. Alot of the classes are really challenging but there is alot of programs where you can get tutoring. Overall the programs are decently good. There is also a huge party culture. It can be distracting if you have a hard time focusing, but it is a nice location right next to the beach. If you are not extroverted, I do not recommend this school. You may feel out of place."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 5/24/2013
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2009
"My school was a great fit because it had a great social life and student community. I made many life long friends during my four years in college. The best part of my college experience was studying abroad. I would recommend that EVERYONE take the opportunity to study abroad. My degree gave me the chance to learn Spanish fluently and study abroad, which opened so many doors for me. For this reason I would probably choose the same major. However, as far as finding a job goes, my major was not very conducive to the job market. So I would consider going into a more stable major/career. Go to college. Study abroad. Follow your heart."