UC Santa Barbara is a highly rated public university located in Isla Vista, California in the Santa Barbara Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 21,777 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Santa Barbara acceptance rate is 33%. Popular majors include Economics, Research and Experimental Psychology, and Sociology. Graduating 81% of students, UC Santa Barbara alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,000.
NCAA Division I (without football)
Big West Conference
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Early Decision/Early Action
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.247 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.270 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.270 responses
Most Popular Majors
Research and Experimental Psychology512 Graduates
International Studies332 Graduates
Environmental Science302 Graduates
Political Science and Government271 Graduates
Physiological Psychology175 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.370 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.412 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.159 responses
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University of California - Santa Barbara Reviews
UC Santa Barbara represents everything that is good in the world. Students are kind, outgoing, smart, curious, and eager to grow. They're booksmart, but they also know how to connect with people. The library is filled to the brim during the week, but the surrounding neighborhood of Isla Vista pulses with energy on the weekends. Work and play intermingle at UCSB and that's I think what makes the school turn out such well-rounded people who take the professional world by storm by being both highly intellectual and relatable. Professors have open door policies and genuinely want to see you succeed. They stay late after class to read your essay outlines, hold extra office hours before big exams, assist with putting study groups together. But, they're also human beings who are easy to connect with and who are always dispensing helpful post-graduation and life advice. The word "community" is very much alive and well at UCSB. Go Gauchos!
I had a great experience attending UCSB! Professors, staff, and peers were all very supportive throughout my four years at this school. Courses were rigorous, but you learned a lot through the professors and the research being conducted. It is a very chill vibe considering you live next to the beach. Living on campus was great and made everything accessible, but living off campus in I.V. was great too since it's right next door to campus. The network created during undergrad and post graduation is amazing as well!
I am very happy to attend such a beautiful school. While UCSB does have the party-school reputation, it also has a lesser-known academic reputation: classes are rigorous and students rise to the challenge. My biggest issue with UCSB lies mostly with their financial aid office, but that's personal and it's otherwise a great place to consider for college trips!