University of California- Santa Barbara, established in 1891, is a public research university located near Goleta, California from Santa Barbara to northwest LA. It has over 20,200 undergraduates, is known for its research and has an incredible social scene. Students have a choice of more than 400 clubs & organizations on campus, and nearly 10% of them are part of the Greek scene. It has wicked concerts, the best house parties and it’s never too early or late to hit the beach. Finals week doubles as the week of the stress-busting undie run, and students hungry at 2a.m look no further than Freebirds. Notable UCSB alumni include actress & singer Gwyneth Paltrow and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. UC Santa Barbara, with its week-day IV Loops and free music fest, is a great place to learn and yes, let your hair down.