University of California-Santa Barbara

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  • A Beach. Mountains. Cave Paintings. Thai Food. A University.

    Aug 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautiful environment; good departments; good food in town
    Cons: beach tar; a bit to "preppie" for some

    Summary: UCSB is a really nice place to go to school, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level. It has a reputation as a party school, but it also has a number of good departments, and its reputation is constantly improving as an academic institution. ... read more

  • College of Creative Studies: An Overrated Education System

    Nov 12, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: All the classes are small, roughly 12-25 people per class.
    Cons: Irresponsible faculty, inconsistent office hours, building upkeep is horrible.

    Summary: The College of Creative Studies, or CCS, is the smallest college within UCSB, boasting an exclusive size of roughly 300 students. When applying to UCSB, a separate application is required for CCS. There are only eight majors offered: art, biology, ... read more

  • UCSB = Beach+surfing+partying+nobel laureates+sushi+tan

    Feb 21, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good Education, Nice profs., Beach, laid-back lifestyles
    Cons: Limited shopping, No korean food, Rent is expensive, Bike thefts.

    Summary: UCSB is a beautiful campus.Our faculties are nice and smart. We had 2 nobel laureates last year. Professors are happy employees. They are happy working at UCSB. UCSB has the casual and little town feel. No hectic traffic coming to work, nice weather, ... read more

  • UCSB: An Engineering Student's Perspective

    Nov 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Right on beach, close-knit community, quality education
    Cons: If you don't like parties, you won't like UCSB

    Summary: All I have to say is that each of my four years at UCSB was an experience. I am currently a grad student at UCSD, so I can comment on the differences of these two schools. From what I have seen of these schools, and other UC schools is that ... read more

  • Parents if you love your kids-DO NOT send them to this schoo

    Nov 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful beach setting
    Cons: High level of drinking and promiscous sex, lots of STDs

    Summary: Even though I'm not a student myself, many of my friends do attend this campus. I'm a California Polytechnic Student at san Luis Obispo, but i have heard some horros stories about this school. Isla Vista is not only outragously expensive to live in, all ... read more

  • Campus Life

    Nov 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice people, good academics, great location
    Cons: Parties can be distracting only if you let them

    Summary: UCSB is a great place to meet new people. When I walk around campus almost everyone has a smile on their face. Everyday there is something going on on campus. There are movie nights at the theater, free salsa lessons in the University center, coffee ... read more

  • Great Choice

    Nov 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great education, fun atmosphere
    Cons: Must be dedicated to get work done

    Summary: Going to the University of California, Santa Barbara for college was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I majored in Political Science, and graduated with honors in 1995. I received an incredible education at UCSB, in many different ... read more

  • Six Condoms for a Dollar

    Nov 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: the condoms
    Cons: the people working there and the potential dental visit

    Summary: Funny story, I went to the student health services and after going back three times (I slept through a few appointments (they make them early come on)) I finally got in for 20 dollars that the parents covered. I waited for a tolerable amount of time and ... read more

  • Good Academics, Good Parties, Good God this country is…Good

    Nov 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: couldn't ask for more
    Cons: not all my friends got in

    Summary: For the Fall 2000 Quarter, the admission policies were a little bit sketchy. Huh? What does this mean? It means that the admissions people screwed up and didn’t admit enough people to fill the class. People were admitted ... read more

  • Booze, Beautiful Women, and Breathtaking Beaches

    Nov 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Relaxed atmosphere, next to the beach, wild parties, great weather, beautiful women
    Cons: Housing is difficult to find, liberal degree programs are only average, little cultural diversity

    Summary: If you are considering attending the fine academic school UC Santa Barbara, let me fill you in on a few important details that might help your decision process. I won't bore you with details. Here's 10 points to ponder: UCSB in a ... read more

  • I Didn't Know How Good I Had It

    Oct 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: pretty much everything
    Cons: not a very conducive environment to serious studying (but somehow studying still happens)

    Summary: When it was time to choose a college back in 1996, I was pretty sure I'd be going to a UC. Since I wanted to keep my options open, I checked every box next to the campus choices on the UC application. High school was easy back then (not like it is ... read more

  • Graduate study in electrical engineering

    Oct 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: atmosphere
    Cons: too many tempting fun activities

    Summary: If you are considering graduate studies in electrical engineering or materials science, UCSB is a fantastic choice. Despite its reputation as somewhat of a party school for undergraduates, the EE and materials science graduate programs are probably the ... read more

  • Francisco Torres (F’ing Towers)

    Oct 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: big rooms, good food, got everything
    Cons: a bike ride from school

    Summary: UC Santa Barbara’s Francisco Torres (FT) is, so far, the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I’m out of my parent’s house, in a setting with 40 percent of the freshman class, and living with a guy who is very likable. How did I get so ... read more

  • Cervesa, Sex, Surfing and Studying

    Oct 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Peaceful, yet wild. Great campus in general
    Cons: Sometimes it feels crowded,

    Summary: UC Santa Barbara and the small town of Isla Vista go hand in hand. They are located right next to each other and the campus life extends right into the party scene of this college kid town. Isla Vista has been nominated by Rolling Stone Magazine to hold ... read more

  • I miss UCSB!!

    Jul 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The Beach, Parties, Nearby Wineries, Nearby Camping, the house at 6644 DP!
    Cons: trying to sleep if you live on DP.

    Summary: I just graduated from UCSB a year ago and I miss the life I had there incredibly! It is such a beautiful campus and there is so much to do in the area. The parties in Isla Vista are great the first couple of years, then when you grow tired of those, ... read more

  • UCanStudyBuzzed?

    Jun 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Location, Lots of Fun, Good School
    Cons: Big, Liberal, Raucuous

    Summary: When I went to UCSB back in the late-80s, it had a reputation as being a free-wheelin', fun-lovin', party school. The last time I was there (a few years back) it was the same. The campus is right on the ocean (we could see the water from our dorm ... read more

  • UCSB's College of Creative Studies

    Jun 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Empowering the creative, self-motivated individual
    Cons: none, though the website is primitive

    Summary: The College of Creative Studies, known simply as CCS, is an organism of higher education not quite like any other. One of three colleges within the University of California, Santa Barbara (along with the colleges of Letters and Science and ... read more

  • UCSB--Great Education, Great Time!

    May 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great education, beautiful campus
    Cons: none

    Summary: Away from the pressure of urban life, yet involved with the issues of today, UC Santa Barbara provides a superb environment for anyone's learning development. Founded in 1944, UCSB sits on 989 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The school promotes ... read more

  • ACTUARY/Statistics major at UCSB

    Apr 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Start earning big money right after graduation!
    Cons: necessary exams

    Summary: The Department in Statistics and Applied Probability has the largest selection of classes geared towards the ACTUARY profession of California universities. It is located at the University of California, at Santa Barbara, a beautiful campus ... read more

  • Want to learn Japanese?

    Apr 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: flexible and encouraging
    Cons: none, unless you have no interest in Japanese

    Summary: I never learned Japanese before - not in high school, not outside of school. Sure, I enjoy watching Japanese animes, but the ones I like are the ones with English subtitles, so I'm basically reading the entire time. For some unknown reason, I've had ... read more

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