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The University of California Santa Barbara

Total Grad Surveys 5
Females 1
Males 4
Avg years at University 1.6
Research Quality C+ (5.1)
Research Availability C+ (5.3)
Research Funding C- (4.1)
Graduate Politics C- (4.2)
Errand Runners C+ (5.3)
Degree Completion C+ (5.5)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] C+ (5.3)
Sufficient Pay C- (3.9)
Competitiveness C- (4.2)
Education Quality C (4.7)
Faculty Accessibility C+ (5.3)
Useful Research C+ (5.3)
"Individual" treatment C- (4.0)
Friendliness C (4.8)
Safety C+ (5.0)
Campus Beauty C+ (5.2)
Campus Maintenance B- (5.9)
University Resource/spending C (4.4)
Extracurriculars C (4.8)
Success-Understanding C+ (5.3)
Surrounding City B- (6.2)
Social Life/Environment A- (8.2)
Sufficient PayC-
Social Life/EnvironmentA-
May 21 2007Animal Studies

This school is horrible, don't go here!!!

Research Topic(s): The effects of eye illnesses on social behavior in animals

I would suggest anyone looking into graduate schools

Apr 06 2006Biology
I would suggest anyone looking into graduate schools to look beyond the MCDB program at UCSB. People are friendly and the atmosphere is easy going, but those are about the only "pros." The "cons" are much more numerous. Very little funding plagues the research. Politics between faculty is disappointing especially when considering what could be accomplished if the facutly with similiar reasearch interests worked together. The lax attitude about research makes you wonder how much people at UCSB care about producing real quality science. The department does not care at all about the well being of the students or their education. They only want to APPEAR like they are a caring, productive school. I have spent time at other universities, and this one is inferior - simply put. If you want a graduate school where you do more TAing than research, and have to continually deal with lazy faculty, then come here. If you want to have an active role in meaningful reasearch, and want training to become a competitive scientist in your field of interest, then go somewhere, anywhere else.

I am a graduate student at UCSB

Feb 15 2005Computer Science
I am a graduate student at UCSB. This is a dream university for research. Great social life. People are cool and friendly. Lots of parties / clubs. Great professors, all oriented towards research. If you are aiming for creative research, this is arguably the best college in US. Espacially for graduate school. The only thing I don't like is the work-out center, it is real old, don't know why they aren't buying some brand new machines. It has pools + beach with a surf point, though. Which is quite cool.
Feb 14 2004Geography and Geosciences

GIScience research opportunities for graduate students are unsurpassed.

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