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| The University of California Santa Barbara has a lot to offer. It is an amazing mixture of rigorous academics, amazing geographic location, and a great college atmosphere. |
The academics are challenging and provide a strong foundation, not only in your field of study but in a broad background. You are required to take many general education requirements in the areas of math and science, social science, culture, arts, history, language, and literature. So despite the fact that UCSB does not offer a liberal arts type of degree you will still get a broad general education background. Majors here are broad as well, for example there is not marketing or business admin major, rather they have business economics which offers a background in economics, accounting and business so you can apply it too a wide range of jobs. UCSBâ€™s reputation has increased tremendously in recent years, it is the 44th best national university, 13th best public and is number 4 in amount of applications received in the UC system.
The campus is beautiful. It is situated on a peninsula type area which is surrounded by water. There is also a large man made lagoon adjacent to the UCEN and the ocean. The campus buildings are not consistent. Aside from a few old buildings and the dorms the rest of the campus has modern architecture everywhere. Many of the old buildings also have been remodeled for a more up-to-date interior and exterior. The campus is well maintained and is constantly expanding. There is always some construction project but this just indicates the future growth and reputation of the campus.
The college atmosphere is one of the best in the country. The college is not actually located in the city of Santa Barbara. The downtown is a ten minute drive from campus, but there are free busses that can take you back and forth. Downtown is a beautiful is full of places to eat and shop, it is expensive. The town adjacent to the campus is called Isla Vista. It is a one square mile town full of mostly of apartments. The town is also adjacent to the beach with numerous parks and stairs leading down to the ocean. The town is comprised of 75 % college kids from UCSB and SBCC, this account for the party atmosphere that is attached to UCSB. This reputation is defiantly accurate. The party scene here is intense. I have had many friends who have visited here and say that they have never been to a place that parties like us. The partying is fun but it does get old, the partying will subside and wonâ€™t be as constant as freshman year once you grow out of it. The partying is fun but it is not a sole reason to pick UCSB, I know kids who only choose UCSB to party and they left after one quarter or the first year cause they failed out. As long as you can find balance between school and your social life it will all work out fine and you will have the best time.
Overall, UCSB is the best. Some take the relaxed beach and academic atmosphere and social life as a sign that student here arenâ€™t serious about school or their future, this is an over exaggeration. Yes, some students arenâ€™t serious but some are too serious, just like any other university. To be sure you like it here you should defiantly just visit and talk to students, donâ€™t go off of stories youâ€™re here about UCSB from high school rumors like extremely high STD rates.
|Feb 16 2008|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| This school has good and potentially bad aspects. |
UCSB is set on bluffs surrounded by the sea. On any outer rim of campus you have views of the Pacific Ocean and beach, which can be taken advantage of all year. The weather gets cloudy in May and June and kind of cold in the winter but being for the northeast it always feels nice to me. The Campus is wonderfully maintained and is very beautiful. Not many of the buildings match as in traditional brick style collegiate atmospheres, but this is due to its rapid growth. When friends came to visit me from the east coast they could not believe that this is where I went to college.
UCSB is constantly expanding in terms of student housing and academic buildings. Through this increase in construction and the higher demand for admission UCSB continues to climb the school ranking lists, being ranked 44th in the nation, and 13th best public. While some may try to discredit the school due to its long and continued reputation as a wild party school, UCSB has many different programs each designed to give you a broad background in all aspects of your field of study while still getting a liberal arts education with the completion of your GE's. Most of the professors are top notch and some even award winning, you have the chance to be surrounded by many intelligent people in a beautiful, relaxed and fun atmosphere.
The partying, can be a good and bad thing. Parties in Isla Vista, which is the neighboring town to UCSB, is made up mostly of UCSB and SBCC students. When you put thousands of college kids in a small beach town you are bound to get parties. While the party scene is very big, if you really wanted to you could avoid it. There are many other things to do on campus and in the downtown area but partying is still the top choice for weekend activities. Many people get fed up with the party scene after freshman year and few leave because they want a school with less of a party atmosphere. As long as you have good time management you will be fine.
Overall, UCSB is one of the best places to go to school, with a great downtown, amazing college atmosphere, the beach, the weather, great academics and increasing scholastic reputation it does not get much better. I would not want to be anywhere else.
|Dec 30 2007|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| If you want to study engineering this is the campus for you. Only few universities in the world have their own nanotechnology institute and UCSB has a brand new one. In fact MIT doesn't have one. One of my professors gave me a tour of the nanotechnology laboratory when I displayed interest in nano-robotics. This school is also the only one where you can study all you want and party any day. If you want to party on a Wednesday, you bet there is a party in town. Please understand that all the parties are in a small college city next to the UCSB campus called Isla Vista. If you live on the dorms there is peace and quiet. Do not think that the school is a party school, the city next to it is the party place. NO ONE IS GOING TO FORCE YOU TO DRINK ANYTHING! So if you heard rumors about this school being all about parties, than you've been wrongfully informed... |
|Jun 04 2007|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2008 |