UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara boasts one of the 10 major campuses that are associated with the University of California system and is commonly referred to as a "public ivy." This term is applied to public colleges and universities that offer Ivy League collegiate experiences at a public school price. Because of this, UC Santa Barbara is able to attract a high quality faculty and bright students. A lofty academic reputation certainly isn’t the only thing that helps to distinguish the University of California at Santa Barbara, however. Take the layout and location of its campus, for example. The school is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and is one of only a few universities in the country that has its own beach. As stated by the university itself, its campus "combines breathtaking natural beauty with immense intellectual vitality."

University of California at Santa Barbara History

University of California at Santa Barbara History
University of California at Santa Barbara History  Image: Ryosuke Yagi (flickr)

The history of the University of California at Santa Barbara begins in the 19th century. As is true of Santa Barbara City College, it emerged from the Santa Barbara School district. This district was formed in 1866. The earliest predecessor of UC Santa Barbara was the Anna Blake School. This school was established in 1891 and underwent several transformations before being taken over by the University of California system in 1944. The school’s current name was taken on in 1958. As a side note, much of UC Santa Barbara’s early architecture was designed by William Pereira and his partner Charles Luckman. A prolific architect, Pereira worked out of Los Angeles and is credited with helping to define the look of mid-20th century America. Among the landmark buildings that he designed is the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco. He was also the architect of Pepperdine University in Malibu. Much like the campus of UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine’s campus is known for its beauty.

UC Santa Barbara Beach & Lagoon

UC Santa Barbara Beach & Lagoon
UC Santa Barbara Beach & Lagoon  Image: Ryosuke Yagi (flickr)

UC Santa Barbara students can consider themselves quite fortunate. In addition to getting a great education, they are able to indulge in the school’s wonderful campus and its enviable location. The campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and as mentioned, it features its very own beach. The campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara also gets a lot of attention for its lagoon. This body of water next to the coastline is rather unique, as it is a combination of fresh and salt water. Some of UC Santa Barbara’s walking and bicycle paths run along the beach and around the lagoon. Also found on the scenic campus are a variety of campus centers. Some of these centers are places where students can enjoy additional recreational activities.

Hotels near UC Santa Barbara

Hotels near UC Santa Barbara
Hotels near UC Santa Barbara

Since the UC Santa Barbara campus is situated near the Santa Barbara Airport, the same hotels that are considered to be airport hotels can serve as good bases for those who wish to stay within close proximity of the university. These hotels include such reputable chain brand lodging establishments as the Holiday Inn Santa Barbara-Goleta (pictured), the Best Western PLUS South Coast Inn, and the Hampton Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta. Budget-minded travelers will be happy to know that a Motel 6 and a Super 8 Motel are very close to the campus as well. Also worth including on the list of hotels near UC Santa Barbara is the wonderful Pacifica Suites Hotel. This hotel combines comfort with convenience and offers spacious guest units. Since the University of California at Santa Barbara is less than 10 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara, any other number of Santa Barbara hotels can also be considered by those who are searching for area accommodations. Included in this bunch is the luxurious Canary Hotel.

UC Santa Barbara Map

UC Santa Barbara Map
UC Santa Barbara Map

Consult a map of UC Santa Barbara, and you will notice that it isn’t located in Santa Barbara proper. Instead, it is situated closer to the city of Goleta. A strip of "city" that is affiliated with the city of Santa Barbara does pass through the west entrance to the campus, however, which helps to explain the school’s Santa Barbara mailing address. Also of particular interest is the fact that the university’s campus is actually divided into two physical campuses – the West Campus and the East Campus. The East Campus is where you will find the majority of the university facilities. This includes all laboratories and lecture halls. The West Campus has a few buildings that are mostly used for faculty housing. Much of the rest of it is leased out to private organizations. Also found on the West Campus is a large nature preserve. Those who are looking for fun things to do in Santa Barbara should know that the UC Santa Barbara campus is a great place to go strolling or biking. It features an extensive biking system, as well as numerous bicycle stands and lockers.

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