University of California Santa Barbara Photo Tour

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University of California Santa Barbara

UCSB Campus
UCSB Campus (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of California, Santa Barbara is a public research university. The university joined the University of California System in 1944, making it the third-oldest of the ten schools. It is often considered a "Public Ivy." The main campus is located in the small community of Isla Vista, eight miles from Santa Barbara. The campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean and surrounding Channel Islands.

The university currently enrolls well over 20,000 students. UCSB has three undergraduate colleges: College of Letters and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Creative Studies. The campus also has two graduate colleges: the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.

The UCSB mascot is the Gaucho and the school colors are blue and gold. UCSB athletics compete in the Division I Big West Conference of the NCAA. UCSB is best known for its men's soccer team, which won its first NCAA title in 2006.

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Isla Vista

Isla Vista - UCSB
Isla Vista - UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UCSB is located in the small Santa Barbara community known as Isla Vista. A majority of Isla Vista residents are UCSB students. The beach is only a five to ten minute walk for UCSB students, making it a primary location for study, recreation, and leisure throughout the week. In addition to the beach, Isla Vista's downtown area provides students with off-campus restaurants, cafés, and shopping.

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Storke Tower

Storke Tower - UCSB
Storke Tower - UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Storke Tower is a 175 ft. tall campanile located at the center of campus. Dedicated in 1969, the tower was named after Thomas Storke, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and resident of Santa Barbara who helped found UCSB. The 61-bell tower is the tallest steel structure in Santa Barbara. The tower's largest bell is 4,793 pounds and displays the university's seal and motto.

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University Center

University Center - UCSB
University Center - UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University Center is the hub of student activity and services on campus. Located next to the UCSB lagoon, UCen is home to the UCSB bookstore, UCen dining services, and the university's administrative services. The dining center features a variety of options including Domino's Pizza, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, Wahoo's Fish Taco, Courtyard Café, and Nicoletti's Coffee House.

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Davidson Library

Davidson Library - UCSB
Davidson Library - UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located at the center of campus, Davidson Library is UCSB's main library. It is named in honor of Donald Davidson, who was the University librarian from 1947 to 1977. Davidson has over 3 million print volumes, 30,000 electronic journals, 500,000 maps, and 4,100 manuscripts. The library is home to several special collections: The Sciences and Engineering Library, the Map and Imagery Laboratory, the Curriculum Laboratory, the East Asian Library, and the Ethnic and Gender Studies Library.

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Events Center

Events Center at UCSB
Events Center at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Events Center, most commonly known as The Thunderdome, is UCSB's main performance venue. The 5,600 seat indoor stadium is home to the Gaucho's men and women's basketball teams, and the women's volleyball team. The stadium was built in 1979 and was given the generic name "Campus Events Center" after student voting resulted in names like "Yankee Stadium" and other funny nominations. The stadium also hosts large concerts throughout the year. Katy Perry, a Santa Barbara native, performed at the Thunderdome as part of her 2011 California Dreams Tour.

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Mosher Alumni House

Mosher Alumni House
Mosher Alumni House (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Mosher Alumni House is located at the formal entrance to the UCSB campus. The 24,000 sq. ft. building was designed by UCSB alum and award-winning architect Barry Berkus. It has three main levels--the Garden, Plaza, and Vista levels, with a rooftop terrace. The Mosher Alumni House features a library of works by notable alumni, as well as various event and meeting rooms.

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Multicultural Center

Multicultural Center at UCSB
Multicultural Center at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Opened in 1987, the Multicultural Center acts as a "safe and hospitable" space for students of color. The Center also acts as a safe haven for international students and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. Throughout the year, the center hosts lectures, panel discussions, films, and poetry readings to promote a safer UCSB -- one free of sexism and racism.

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UCSB Lagoon

UCSB Lagoon
UCSB Lagoon (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The UCSB Lagoon is a large body of water bordering the Pacific Coast and UCSB's southern campus. It is located just south of University Center and is about 1.5 miles in circumference. Throughout the week, it is not uncommon to find students and locals enjoying a walk, hike, or picnic along the lagoon's shores. The lagoon is home to UCSB's Marine Science department. 180 species of birds and five species of fish currently live at the lagoon.

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Manzanita Village

Manzanita Village at UCSB
Manzanita Village at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located near San Rafael Hall, Manzanita Village is UCSB's newest residence hall. Built in 2001, Manzanita Village sits on a bluff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The residence hall houses over 900 students, including 200 freshmen in single, double and triple occupancy rooms. Multiple bathrooms are located on each floor and are shared by residents.

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San Rafael Hall

San Rafael Hall at UCSB
San Rafael Hall at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

San Rafael Hall is home to transfer and international students. Located on the west end of campus, the hall consists of three-story cluster buildings and a seven-story tower. Single and double rooms are available for four, six, or eight-person suites. Each suite has a private kitchen and bathroom. Some suites also include a balcony or patio. Located next to San Rafael, the Loma Pelona Center offers a pool table, an air hockey table, Ping Pong tables, and televisions for student recreation.

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San Clemente Housing

San Clemente Village at UCSB
San Clemente Village at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located on the northern end of campus, San Clemente Village is home to UCSB's graduate and upperclassmen residence halls. The village provides 150 2-bedroom apartments and 166 4-bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a bathroom, kitchen, and common room. Students are able to apply for 9 month, 10 month, or 11.5 month contracts.

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Anacapa Hall

Anacapa Hall at UCSB
Anacapa Hall at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Anacapa Hall is one of the primary residence halls on campus dedicated specifically to freshmen students. Anacapa features mostly triple rooms with some double, like its neighbors Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Hall. It is also located close to the De La Guerra Dining Commons. Communal bathrooms are located on each wing of Anacapa. A recreation room with a pool table, ping pong table, television, and vending machines can also be found in the residence hall. Other amenities include an outdoor sand volleyball court and access to the Carillo swimming pool.

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Recreation Center

UCSB Recreation Center
UCSB Recreation Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The UCSB Recreation Center was built in 1995 and is located just north of Cheadle Hall. The Recreation Center features two swimming pools, two weight rooms, two gymnasiums, a climbing wall, jacuzzi, pottery studio, and multi-purpose gym. The Rec Center also offers group fitness and cycling classes, as well as intramural sports throughout the school year.

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Cheadle Hall – College of Letters and Sciences

Cheadle Hall at UCSB
Cheadle Hall at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Cheadle Hall is ​the home of the College of Letters and Sciences. It is the largest college at UCSB, with a current enrollment of 17,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students.

The school offers over 80 majors within its three academic divisions: Humanities & Fine Arts, Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. Some majors offered by the school include Anthropology, Art, Asian American Studies, Biological Sciences, Biomolecular Science and Engineering, Black Studies, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chicano Studies, Classics, Communication, Comparative Literature, Earth Science, Sociology, Feminist Studies, Religious Studies, Physics, Music, Military Science, and Linguistics.

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Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UCSB
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education was founded in 1967. It is located along Ocean Road, next to the Social Science Survey Center. The school offers GGSE, MA, and Ph.D. degree programs in Teacher Education, School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Education.

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College of Engineering

UCSB College of Engineering
UCSB College of Engineering (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The College of Engineering is home to over 2,000 students pursuing degrees in the following departments: Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering. The school is considered one of the most prestigious engineering colleges in the nation.

The college also houses the California NanoSystems Institute, which focuses on the research and control of nanometer scale structure and functions within the biomedical field. It is also home to the Institute for Energy Efficiency, an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to developing technological solutions for a sustainable and efficient future.

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Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Bren Hall is home to the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. The building was completed in 2002 after a donation from the Donald Bren Foundation. The school offers a two-year Masters and Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Management. Bren's laboratory was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Platinum Award--the highest honor in sustainable architecture. It was the first laboratory in the United States to receive the award. In 2009, the Bren School became the first building to receive the award twice.

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Theater and Dance Building

Theater and Dance Building at UCSB
Theater and Dance Building at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Department of Theater and Dance was founded in 1964 by Dr. Theodore W. Hatlen. The department is a part of the College of Letters and Sciences. Students are able to pursue a minor, B.A., B.F.A., M.A., or Ph.D. in Theater, and a B.A. or B.F.A in Dance. In a typical year, the department produces about five drama productions and two modern dance concerts. The building is home to the Performing Arts Theater, which hosts a majority of the department's productions.

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Pollock Theater

Pollock Theater at UCSB
Pollock Theater at UCSB (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Pollock Theater, built in 1994, is a public film theater managed under the Department of Film and Media Studies. The 296-seat theater is the realization of Dr. Joseph Pollock, founder of the theater. Pollock Theater's facilities support research, teaching, and programming about film and media. A café and study lounge is located adjacent to the theater's reception area.

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