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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Tests Required: Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program: Required
Secondary School GPA: Required
Secondary School Record: Required
TOEFL: Required for international applicants

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AP Acceptance: Yes
Credit for Life Experience: No

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Contact Info

552 University Road Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-8000
Admissions Phone: (805) 893-2485
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Student Responses to Review Topic: Tips for Prospective Students
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  • Eldar from Simi Valley, CA
  • Sep-22-2017 I am a current student here

    It's always said to not procrastinate - but at UCSB you will learn what this phrase really means. Consider taking summer courses before the start of the Fall quarter to become adjusted to the fast pace of the courses. Be sure you regularly communicate with your counselor to ensure you are always on the ideal path to graduation. Also, get used to the sometimes strenuous amount of biking associated with transportation if you live nearby.

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  • NPFL from San Diego, CA
  • Aug-07-2017 I am a past student here

    The quarter system goes really fast. You can't put off papers or studying or you will fall behind, and there are lots of parties to distract you-so FOCUS. Everybody rides a bike so be prepared to bring one or rent/buy one. People tend to gain 10 pounds in college from the all you can eat dining halls plus someone is always ordering pizza-so if weight is an issue for you, be mindful of this.

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  • Arlene from Montebello, CA
  • Aug-04-2017 I am a current student here

    If UCSB is somewhere you can see yourself, don't be discouraged by your stats compared to the schools. UCSB is a great school because of its diversity in minds. Your individuality and uniqueness is something that will find a home at UCSB.

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  • Celine from Brentwood, CA
  • Feb-23-2017 I am a current student here

    Keep up your GPA and focus on extra curricular activities! A less than average GPA can be made up for with incredible involvement within the community. Check out events happening in your town or school to get involved, it is a great way to meet new people and make valuable memories that will keep you going throughout college. Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into, don't just take a student led tour of the school, take one yourself! Before you visit make sure to look up what there is to do in the community surrounding your school and check it out once you visit. Be sure to ask yourself if you can see yourself living here for the next four or so years (with UCSB I guarantee you will!) and make a mental note of things you notice about the school in case you need to compare it to other schools you are considering. I know that the college search is a stressful time, but I promise it will be done in no time and that sooner or later you will miss it!

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  • lauren
  • Jun-13-2016 I am a current student here

    apologies but the capitalization disappeared for my review, and won't come back even if i edit it back in. so you'll have to deal with improper punctuation for a bit. also, the paragraphs aren't displaying properly, so prepare for some word walls. bring half the stuff you think you need to bring to your dorm room. you'll buy new things throughout the year, and packing will be much simpler. join clubs you're interested in. there are so many organizations on campus that cater to a wide variety of interests, and in the event that you don't find one that fits you, you can always create your own. i joined club tennis and the esports club -- it's a great way to make a lot of friends! during the first week, go to everything you're invited to (so long as it's safe to do so, don't talk to strangers with white vans who offer you candy...). don't take classes at 8 a.m. just don't. high school may have started at 8 in the morning, but you have the option to make your classes not start that early! so why not take it? also, you'll be far less tempted to skip class. live in the dorms for your first year, then look into housing in isla vista. you need the "dorm experience" and the meal plan is really convenient. (side note: 10 or 14 meals a week is all you should need. the 17 and unlimited are a bit excessive, and more expensive!). isla vista is much cheaper to live in, and you're still close to campus. bring a bike and a good u-lock. not a fancy bike, or a cruiser either. something reliable and practical. if it's flashy and new, it is more likely to get stolen. it's about a 20 minute walk across campus, but a 5 minute bike. there are plenty of bike paths and bike racks all over campus! if you decide to party, make sure that your academics aren't suffering. having fun is great, but academic probation is not.

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