Impressions Of
University of California, Santa Barbara

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Reasons to attend and to not attend University of California, Santa Barbara

To Attend

  • “The location and set-up of the whole area. It’s a college town.”
  • “The school itself is a top university, but there’s a balance of enjoying yourself in college and getting a good education.”
  • “I like the living situation. Once you move out of the freshman dorms you have a whole house to yourself.”
  • “If you want to make an impact and have your name on something, then it’s totally possible and encouraged to do so. UCSB is one of the best undergraduate research campuses.” [UCSB is a tier-one research university.]
  • “It attracts a very niche group of people. It attracts people who want to experience the most that life has to offer. It’s people who like to push things to the limit, whether that’s studying or fun. It’s an ambitious student population.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you don’t enjoy the beach vibe of the area and you’re more of a homebody, this might not be the place. A lot of people here are very active and social.”
  • “It’s very big and can be overwhelming in a couple of ways. You have to be entirely self-motivated and proactive about your own things. No one is going to urge you along. The big size can make you feel small and unimportant.”
  • “It’s expensive.” [Total costs for an in-state student in 2019-2020 are about $37,000.]
  • “I think there are definitely reserved people here, but it’s designed more for extroverted and involved people.”
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