Top 10 Surf Colleges

A guide to getting waves while getting your degree

| posted on April 17, 2011

The Queen of the Coast is just a short jaunt from the UCSB campus. Photo: Curren

After poring over university pamphlets, surf reports, and statistics—taking into consideration surf proximity and quality, academics, cost, and lifestyle—we narrowed down America’s surf-friendly four-year schools to this hallowed bunch. And while UCSB came out the victor, we’ve also provided a list of other options custom-suited to you.

Overall Winner
University of California Santa Barbara
Isla Vista, CA

The Surf
With the Channel Islands situated off shore blocking a portion of incoming swells, Santa Barbara is often looked at as the fickle sister of the wave-rich regions of Central Cal to the north and SoCal to the south. But where Santa Barbara lacks in consistency, it certainly makes up in quality—one good session at the Queen of the Coast will certainly remind why she’s worth the trouble.

While Campus Point, Devereux, and Sands provide waves just steps off campus, Rincon and Sandspit lie within a 20-minute drive. And, if you’re open to travel a bit further, Ventura, a half-hour away, offers a host of south-swell spots, while the open coastline north of Point Conception a half-hour north is a magnet for wind swells nearly year-round.

The Education
Offering over 200 majors, degrees, and credentials, UCSB is ranked among the top public universities in the nation. Likewise, as the school gains popularity and prestige, it’s become progressively more competitive, cultivating a high academic standard and attracting renowned faculty, including five winners of Nobel Prizes. Plus, UCSB is one of the few universities in the nation that offers courses in surf, including Geography of Surfing, History of Surfing, and Field Studies in Surfing.

The Town and Campus
The coastal community of Santa Barbara, located an hour and a half north of Los Angeles, is nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific. Home to 13 colleges and universities, it features quaint shops, dozens of restaurants and bars, and an array of newly added national chain retailers. UCSB’s campus, 15 minutes north of the city center, accounts for 1,055 acres of beachfront real estate, with oceanview dorms steps from the sand.

The Lifestyle
Though most students choose to live in the University-adjacent community of Isla Vista, Santa Barbara offers a host of living options from rural mountain reclusion to urban downtown living. Isla Vista—a square-mile of college kids packed into houses and apartments situated on the bluff above the ocean—is the ideal locale for surfer and the primary reason why UCSB consistently ranks among the top party schools in the nation. And with wetsuits draped over nearly every balcony, a top surf team, and the consistent stream of surf films and events in the area, UCSB comfortably finds itself the best place in America to be a college student/surfer.

Annual Cost (Including tuition, fees, books, room and board): $30,000 in-state/ $50,000 out-of-state
Enrollment: 21,000
Avg incoming freshman GPA: 4.01
Male/Female Ratio: 47/53
A Word from an Alumnus: “One of the best waves in the area is called Campus Point. That’s pretty much all you need to know.” —Steve Hawk, former SURFER Editor

For Non-California Residents
Nearby Santa Barbara City College is one of the leading community colleges in the nation with the highest transfer rates in the country, so students can gain residency and essentially save thousands by transferring to UCSB junior year as a California resident.

Best University for Surfers Who…

The campus at Point Loma Nazarene overlooks some of the best surf in San Diego. Photo: Johnson

Want to Surf Between Classes
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, CA

Located on the bluffs above wave-rich Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma offers the closest dorms to the warm Southern California surf of San Diego. As a religiously affiliated university, the school can be pretty strict, requiring that freshmen attend chapel and live on campus without a car for their first year. But, with world-class surf just a few steps away, who needs to go anywhere?

Annual Cost: $36,000
Enrolled: 2,400
Avg Incoming Freshman GPA: 3.7
Male/Female Ratio: 49/51
Perks: 86% of students receive financial aid. Close proximity to Downtown San Diego.

A Word from an Alumnus: “It doesn’t get much better than checking the waves on the way to class and having dorms overlooking great waves. As long as you respect the local crew, PLNC can be one of the best places to get an education and surf some classic waves. The hard part is just making yourself go to class everyday and not cut school to surf.” —Rick Irons, Dragon Global Brand Manager

Blacks is one of the best beach breaks in California, and just a stone's throw from the UCSD campus. Photo: Ghiglia

Want to Be One with Mother Ocean
University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA

UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service in the world. And not only does UCSD rank as the No. 7 public university in the country, but it is also located on the cliffs overlooking Blacks. An added perk: UCSD offers a 1-unit course called “The Physics of Surfing.”

Annual Cost: $28,000 in-state / $50,000 out-of-state
Enrolled: 29,000
Avg Incoming Freshman GPA: 4.0
Male/Female Ratio: 48/52
Perks: Walking distance to one of the best beachbreaks on the planet, and Baja’s only an hour south.
A Word from an Alumnus: “UCSD is the best school to be a surfer because it’s the perfect cover-up. People take you seriously because you’re going to a ‘smart’ school. In the meantime, you get to learn Blacks’ most intimate curves for at least four years.” —Evan Slater, Hurley VP of Marketing

In the world of consistency, Santa Cruz reigns king among California's surf destinations. Photo: Burkard

Want to Surf At Least 300 Days A Year
University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

Surrounded by some of the most famed (and diverse) surf spots in the world, UCSC may be cold, but it’s also the capital of consistency. The campus, situated among the redwoods in the hills overlooking the coast, is just a 5-minute drive to the breaks on the west side and just a few more to dozens more on the east side. Though locals are notoriously anti-Slugs (UCSC mascot), skill and respect go a long way.

Annual Cost Cost: $29,000 in-state / $52,000 out-of-state
Enrolled: 15,200
Avg Incoming Freshman GPA: 3.6
Male/Female Ratio: 47/53
Perks: Steamer Lane, Mavericks, Pleasure Point. If you really need more than that, consider that UCSC is a little over an hour from the metropolitan city of San Francisco.
A Word from an Alumnus: “UCSC is a good school to attend for a surfer. The consistency of swell, diversity of breaks, and proximity to the surf are all perks of attending the Surf City University. However, it takes a dedicated, adventurous spirit to endure the cold water, crowded, localized point breaks, and abundant sea life that the Monterey Bay Canyon provides.” —Kim Mayer, professional surfer

Living in a skyscraper jungle doesn't necessarily mean you're far from surf. Photo: Nelson

Want to Live an Urban Surf Life
New York University
New York, NY

Alright, so the Tri-state area isn’t exactly known for its consistency, but when the swell is right, Rockaway and Casino Pier (both about an hour away) can produce overhead barrels. You’re not going to be able to swing surfing every day, but you’re in Manhattan, which is full of other things to do: museums, concerts, bars on top of bars, models…The downside is, unless you’re loaded, you’d better get used to existing on Top Ramen.

Cost: $56,000
Enrolled: 22,000
Avg Incoming Freshman GPA: 3.6
Male/Female Ratio: 39/61
Perks: The best city on Earth for art, food, and culture. Lots of surf events are happening in New York lately–check out the New York Surf Film Festival.
A Word from an Alumnus: “Being based in NYC is great for an hour shot out to Long Island or NJ, or three hours up to New England. You have a nice range of coastlines for varying swell/wind directions. Not to mention two international airports — just in case you need to escape!” —Mike Machemer, Co-Founder New York Surf Film Festival

The pointbreaks near Pepperdine are the kind that longboarders dream about.

Prefer Boards of the 9’+ Variety
Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA

Pepperdine students are treated to (or tormented by) views of First Point—the epitome of longboard perfection—while sitting in class. But Malibu is not just a logger heaven, as it also offers a solid half-dozen breaks within a 10-minute drive that are ideal for those who prefer their boards short. Plus, you can take surf classes for PE credit.

Annual Cost: $50,000
Enrolled: 3,400
Avg Incoming Freshman GPA: 3.7
Male/Female Ratio: 45/55
Perks: 75% of Pepperdine students receive financial aid, meaning they can blow their savings in the urban mecca of LA, which is only a 40-minute drive from campus.
A Word from an Alumnus: “The campus sits just above Malibu and you can see the waves from the library. Plus the whole Malibu area has fun surf year round. Small campus, great education, cool people and country living…what more do you need?” —Richard Woolcott, CEO Volcom

If you can defeat your hangover, the waves around San Luis Obispo can prove to be as much fun as the nightlife. Photo: Burkard

Want to Major in Booze
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA

We’re not talking keg-stands. Cal Poly actually offers a B.A. in Wine and Viticulture. And with lots of uncrowded (albeit a bit cold and rumored to be sharky) surf, it’s the perfect option for surfing sommeliers—especially if they also happen to appreciate agriculture, since that’s what CPSU is known for.

Annual Cost: $22,000 in-state / $28,000 out-of-state
Enrolled: 18,300
Avg incoming GPA: 3.8
Male/Female Ratio: 56/44
Perks: Vino. Shaping classes. Hip downtown scene with plenty of bars (for non-accredited partaking) and live music.
A Word from an Alumnus: “There are so many empty lineups close to the school that you can pretty much surf by yourself every session. Cal Poly is a very wave rich area if you know where to go. Plus there is always a party going on with tons of girls.” —Shawn Dollar, big-wave surfer

Oahu's South Shore offers ample rippable waves nearby in the summer, and you already know where to go in the winter. Photo: Heff

Want to Trunk it all Year
University of Hawaii Manoa
Honolulu, HI

UHM may be situated in the middle of a city, but it’s a city on Oahu. Students here have access to all Town spots and it’s just an hour to get to the North Shore. The water’s warm, the swells are prolific, and you can take courses that cover surf history and forecasting.

Annual Cost: $17,000 / $31,000
Enrolled: 14,000
Avg Incoming Freshman GPA: 3.4
Male/Female Ratio: 46/54
Perks: You’re in Hawaii. Also, you can use your meal card to buy beer on campus.
A Word from an Alumnus: “You’ve got Ala Moana Bowls about 15 minutes away, Sandy Beach about a half hour away, and the North Shore is only an hour away. Plus, the National Weather Service forecast office is on the UH Manoa Campus, so you have all of this really detailed swell information right there on campus. And then, of course, Hawaii is such a beach-minded place, so there’s a whole surf community right there at school.” —Guy Hagi, Hawaii News Now weather anchor

Although SDSU is located a few minutes inland, a short drive will get you to some of the most consistently fun surf in southern California. Photo: Ghiglia

Want to Get a Complete College Experience
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

SDSU is slightly easier to get into than the UC schools, and whole lot less expensive. It’s the oldest and largest institution in the city and it’s close to all of the San Diego breaks.

Annual Cost: $22,000 in-state / $27,000 out-of-state
Enrolled: 27,500
Avg incoming GPA: 3.5
Male/Female Ratio: 43/57
Perks: Playboy-rated party school.
A Word from an Alumnus: “Why is SDSU a great school for a surfer? Really, there is just too many list, but I would say the accessibility of northern Baja—it takes as long to go surf in Mex as it does Cardiff. I would also say in the social side of things is a plus: if you rip, the chicks dig you.” —Nick Greeninger, Rip Curl Team Manager

When the swell is up, there may be no better place to be on the East Coast than the Outer Banks. Photo: Lusk

Just Can’t Leave The East Coast
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, NC

UNCW’s surf team snagged fourth place at this year’s NSSA Championships. As with other East Coast schools, there’s not a constant swell, but when it’s on, it’s pretty spectacular. UNCW is close to a bunch of local breaks and about four hours from legendary Cape Hatteras. UNC Wilmington boasts one of the best marine sciences program in the nation, and the nearby Outer Banks surf community is certainly a strong one.

Cost: $17,000 / $28,000
Enrolled: 11,200
Avg incoming GPA: 3.8
Male/Female Ratio: 42/58
Perks: Fall shacks all by your lonesome.
A Word from an Alumnus: “UNCW is a great school: It’s close to the Outer Banks, there are affordable rentals in Wrightsville during the school year, plus dollar beers and girls — you wont find hotter girls with southern accents at a ‘surf school.’ Plus, it’s a school you can be proud to have graduated from.” —Jerry Ricciotti, surf filmmaker

  • Brent

    How can you leave out Brigham Young University – Hawaii?! A mile away from Pounders, and 10 minutes to the North Shore! HOW can you get any better than that?!

  • Frank

    I’d recommend to write another one for Europe, Asia, rest of the world … could be really interesting serie 😉

  • Tristan Cronshaw

    How could you forget UC Irvine (what should be called UC Newport Beach). I surf anwhere from Salt Creek to Lowers to Newport to Huntington. Orange County is a surfing Mecca now a days and deserves to be in the top 10.

    • jojo

      No, it doesn’t.

    • mark cole

      ya tristan! i lived on the sand at 5207 seashore in newport for two years and paid $583 a month for rent…what other “surf school” is THAT possible at?? every year this list comes out, and every year UCI isn’t on it…get a clue!

  • SUPh8r

    I like playing “stuff the Nazbo”. Seriously, it’s my favorite game.

  • Ben

    UCSD owns the others due to a combination of A) academics, B) quality and consistency of surf (though Santa Cruz has ’em beat), and C) Beach access. I went to Muir, walked straight down the trail and surfed a comfortable 300 days a year easy at pretty much the same break the entire time.

  • CammoWest

    I would submit for your consideration a few others:

    1. UCLA: it outranks both UCSD and UCSB academically, and has Topanga and Malibu a short drive away, not to mention the South Bay. There’s a great social scene and a diverse campus life, particularly if you’re interested in media, science, art, music or business.

    2. San Francisco State University: a top-ranked state school that is a great deal. It’s cold, but very close to good Fall/Winter surf, is located in one of the world’s great cities and is 3.5 hours from some of the best skiing and snow boarding in the West.

  • CammoWest

    Also – have to agree with Tristan Cronshaw re: UCI.

  • Mr Salmon

    I study Surf Science and Technology in Cornwall, UK. Got to be worthy of some accolade amongst your high flying list?

  • dude

    The only thing Uni’s do is clog the lineup.

  • Jeremy

    You forgot Princeton…Ivy League education less than an hour from the Jersey shore, and closer to Casino Pier than NYU. Has a surf club too.

  • cj

    Princeton is roughly an hour away from belmar/mansquan add another 15-20 minutes to get to seaside heights. A 2+ hour round trip doesn’t qualify as a surf school. Im sure you’re getting an unparalleled academic experience though, might be worthwhile if you lived at the shore and commuted on school days.

  • Gottfried

    UNCW is actually the biggest lie of a surf school. It is FLAT, unsurfably flat 85% of the time, and of that 15% that is surfable over 2/3 is just bad. If you do the math, that is 2-3 fun days a month. I log all my days I surf and days I missed, and how good the waves were so those are some pretty accurate stats. You will never be alone in WB either which is the easiest place to surf for most students. Just because we have a good surf team doesn’t mean it is a good school to surf at. And for the beach bar scene, it is the same 300 people every week, it gets old real fast. The girls are hot but any college by the beach is like that. There are better schools for surfing in FL, NJ, RI and NY.

    • swegggbigshooter

      Like where? Examples in NJ and RI please!

  • Rootieboy

    You can leave BYU Hawaii out because most people don’t want to follow the honor code but Mormons. Yeah, sure there are a few outsiders who do, but lets face it, it’s not for the masses and this article is talking about your average academic surfer.

    • Kai

      I’m not sure where it said anything about “your average academic surfer”, but BYU-Hawaii blows away all other schools for all types of surfers and there are plenty of students from all over the world who tow in on outer reefs, jaws, or stick to the great north shore that attend there. A handful of students aren’t Mormons that attend there as well. There is no place better to surf and that is what was being ranked. Tuition is cheaper, the cultural experience is superb and a great local community.

  • nyc ≠ surf

    NYU MY ASS. even when its overhead and barreling here the waves are so gutless and powerless compared to even the west coast. and rockaway? I grovel 2 foot mush everyday while I worry about my shit getting stolen and then it ‘turns on’ and I have to try and not get skewered by the hidden pilings while struggling to get into the slowest overhead waves I have ever paddled for. and its cold as fuck. even when it looks epic, its never that good.

    these east coasters are constantly promising and reminiscing of epic surf, but save the total three weeks of hurricane surf, its consistently garbage. this place is a surfers nightmare

    sure nyc offers a better cultural experience than any other places on this list, which I am enjoying, but thats what makes nyu a good school, NOT a good surf school.

    clearly Im bitter. but if youre a surfer, dont come to new york.

  • Lloyd Banks

    I believe your forgetting the University of Rhode Island on this list

  • Bruce Richards

    The PLNU kids do a good job of crowding the line up, but they never get greedy. The locs are the real ones who get all the good waves. In high school we even printed stickers that said GO HOME NAZBOS! Pretty classic, most the waves at the cliffs are mush anyway, so go to ucsd, or ucsb.

  • Tom Allen

    I understand that the vast majority of SURFER readers havent surfed long enough to know what REALLY makes surfing good (i.e. uncrowded surf, consistent surf, & the absence of posers/kooks), I am not surprised that UCSB was rated #1.

    If you want to learn to surf while going to college you can do so at Campus Point, get dropped in on by your fellow beginners, hang a wetsuit outside your IslaVista flat because it makes you feel cool, and undoubtedly a few bimbo UCSB/City College girls will fall for your surfer image.

    But if you want to actually surf while going to college here is the list:

    1. UC Santa Cruz
    2. Cal Poly SLO
    3. San Francisco State
    4. Monterey State
    5. Stanford
    6. UCSB

    Although Blacks may be one of the best beach breaks in Southern California, my top five are all within range of at least one beachbreak that is better.

    UCSB you made my list, but only if you are really motivated to drive north or south to find consistent waves.

    Apologies to Southern California. It is getting too difficult to find uncrowded quality surf down there.

    • ed

      I beg to differ about those other schools being close to other beach breaks that are better than Blacks. Sure Ocean Beach San Fran gets bigger or Jalama near SLO get good too….BUT the consistency and wedges that you get at Blacks is second to none. Absolute quality break.

  • David

    What about ODU in Norfolk? VA beach is right there, Kitty Hawk and Hatteras are 90 minutes South and Jersy and points Northward are a 90 minute drive away. Good school as well and great V-Ball clubs when the surf is flat

  • Tiger Blood

    UCSD is good but walking up and down that goddamn cliff is hell

    • Niko Kaplanis

      you are a lazy barney

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  • Jaks

    The title of this article should be changed to “Best Surfer Image Colleges”

    • G

      14 National Titles. UCSB is #1. Go Gauchos!

  • Barney

    Westmont College in Santa Barbara. It’s private like Pt Loma, and closer to Rincon and a handful of other great spots in town.

  • stephen

    Hawaii pacific university in Honolulu easy class schudual live north shore 5 days a week comute to town for school two days best of both worlds. NEVER NEED A WETSUIT, Moped with surf racks cant tell you how many times i left my seat a puddle with wet board shorts and zinka on my face. surf 365 days a year

  • Gottfried

    There should be a UNC Hatteras. If you want the urban experience, go to school in San Francisco and surf some crazy ass OB.

    • Seahawk Surfer

      You’re an idiot.

  • Corbin

    I agree with Brent…

    As an alumnus of Brigham Young University – Hawaii (Laie, HI), I can say that it is by far the best location to study and surf in the United States, and probably the world. Located 15 minutes from Pipeline and with some incredible spots within walking distance, it is a shame to see this incredible school overlooked.

  • Kristin

    A couple of Cal States you should consider . Cal State San Marcos in North San Diego County and Cal State Channel Islands.

  • Kristin

    … and Cal State Long Beach!

  • andy

    SF State is too big and cold for your list. The world tour will show up soon to show you all.

  • Ben

    To Tom Allen: I currently live in the Bay and I went to UCSD: Though OB on its best day is easily better than Blacks, it is nowhere near as predictable, i.e. if you surf OB every chance you can you may only surf 150 days a year, and the majority of the spring sucks… something to factor in to beachbreak quality ratings. Regarding NYU: Columbia is a much, much better school and equidistant to both surf and culture.

  • chris

    I agree with Frank, do another write up on the rest of the world. I went to to hawaii pacific uni. But then I got another degree at Bond Uni on the Gold Coast of OZ…… that’s when I realized how amazing a surf university experience can REALLY be!

  • dude

    BYU Hawaii was overlooked because it is run by a Cult.

  • mike

    I think you can’t go wrong with UCSB,UCSD,or UCSC. Any East Coaster would kill to be able to surf as much as any of those college/cities provide for. I realize WHEN the East Coast gets waves it CAN get really good….but that is WHEN. If you have half a brain, can subscribe to surfline and understand tides you can get fun to really good waves year round in Socal and Northern Baja. 2 Hours of perfect windswell on the East Coast will do nothing for me. I think Socal is the biggest secret because everyone just wants it served on a platter to them and doesn’t want to do a little work to be on it.

  • pukapuhi’o place

    surfer mag… u guys are idiots… If UCSB is YOUR #1 school, how would you rank UH-Maui? Never heard of UH-Maui before? A few yrs ago (maybe last year I think) Maui Community College received its full 4 year accreditation and changed its name to from MCC to UH-M. This school has 2 of the best rights in the world within driving distance from the campus; Ma’alaea 20 minutes away and Honolua 50 minutes away. These waves, when it “ON”, craps on most if not ALL waves on the entire cali coastline!!! Not to mention ALL the other breaks in Maui such as hookipa, kuau, jaws, kahului harbor, kapunas, windmills, shark pit, lahaina harbor, and LaPerouse bay. Blows rincon and all those other cali breaks and schools out of the water without a doubt… what a joke u guys, you guys gotta get outta cali… its like you enjoy smelling your own farts… pathetic… I’m not even gonna start about BYUH, thats an entire different topic… just goes to show u guys are idiots…

  • CultFollower

    Another vote for BYU-Hawaii. I surfed everyday on the NS for 2 years. Often before AND after class. Rockies, pipe, gas chambers, log cabins, sunset, backyards, otw, do I really need to go on….. During the late summer/Fall you surf the east side, ultra long paddles make for great pre-winter conditioning…

  • UCFknight

    Nothing in Florida mentioned, but UCF is worth an asterisk. Close to Daytona, Melborne, Satellite Beach. Plus, it’s the nation’s 2nd largest school so there are plenty of surfer girls looking to catch a ride!

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  • Surf Slut

    UCSB has terrible waves, that’s why the line ups are empty. Don’t come here.

  • Niko Kaplanis

    UCSD is without a doubt the best school for surfing. There are countless days when every pointbreak in the Santa Barbara area is barely pushing knee high and Black’s is overhead. Plus San Diego has the most consistently perfect conditions of anywhere in California. If you want to rage with a bunch of frat boys on Del Playa and wake up hung over at 2 in the afternoon to waist high slop than Santa Barbara is definitely for you, but if you want to be able to consistently score surf, its all about UCSD.

  • Natural Light

    UNCW is the shit. Compared to the east coast, WB is very consistent, on the places that are more consistent are ocean city, nj and New smyrna (rest of florida has lots of waves but absolutely no power). Girls here are flat out ridiculous, great bar scene and house parties. Great school. Love it here.

    UNCW or any other EC college doesn’t compare to California schools, lets be honest – and i’ve never been to California but i know that. an average day in cali is a real fun day on the EC



  • Cody

    UCIrvine should be on the list too. Basically 10 minute drive to Newport /Laguna Beach. Great weather year round, SoCal is truly heaven

  • Lauren

    UCSB has great waves and an awesome college town. I just found out about these new apartments being built just 2 blocks from the beach. It’s called The Loop and it’s going to have private surfboard racks! I signed up for more information at Check it out!

  • Jojo

    Omg! I wanna go to collage for surfing for bad!

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    • ayoma

      its UH, have fun trying to get in

  • McKie

    Dude: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a cult. You should definitely do your research before making such accusations. Just saying, thanks “dude”.

    • drew

      isn’t the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints mormon? if so, yes it’s a cult. they don’t believe Christ is God as they believe he was just a “prophet”. no, he was God in human shape, came down for one purpose. to die for us.

      • frankdavis

        You are embarrassingly mistaken. They worship Christ as the Son of God, the Savior of all mankind, the Holy One of Israel.

  • Wes

    FIT (Florida Institute of Technology) is good. 10 Minutes from Melbourne Beach, 25 from Sebastian Inlet. One of the better EC surf schools.

  • Chris Peterson

    I gotta agree with Tristan Cronshaw, UCI has got to be one of the very top best school’s for surfing as far as location. It definitely doesn’t get the credit it deserves, probably because the school is over-run with asians and being white there makes you a serious minority. And on top of that, we don’t have a surf team, I honestly don’t even know if there are enough competitive surfers attending the school to put one together, but location-wise we are ahead of virtually all schools on that list aside from SDSU/UCSD.

  • Ripper McRipperson

    I love how everyone is freaking out about this. You first have to realize that surfer mag is written by people who didn’t even go to college. I can’t even read that magazine without the word BRO and STOKED being included 2 to three times in every sentence. I definitely wouldn’t pay for a subscription.

  • Meghan

    Ole! Ole Ole Ole! Gauchos!! Gauchos!!
    I go to UCSB and absolutely love it. I learned to surf immediately after I moved to Isla Vista and I’ve been surfing almost everyday since. Clearly all you guys are jealous…..sorry about it

  • fat kook grom nugget

    what if you have a 2.4 gpa?

    • mike

      youre screwed

    • Thomas Cannon

      Dude you are fine! I had like a 2.5 or 2.6 or something like that and I got in. I made up for my gpa with a 1240 out of 1600 SAT, awesome letters, and crazy experiences. Word of advice on letters, get your english or history teachers to write them. They have a way with words.

      • becca

        what college? I have 2.9 un-wheighted and want to go to SDSU or UCSD

    • Robert Gary

      Community college.

  • Jake Schmader

    Old Dominion is 15 minutes from Virginia Beach and 1h 45m from the outer banks.

  • J

    There is only one Man who Will make you completely fulfilled, and that Man is Jesus. I promise that if you seek him and let him into your heart you will experience rest and Everlasting Joy. I pray that you will take this message to heart and experience TRUE Happiness in Jesus. God Bless. ps. Pray to Jesus about all of your problems so that he will help you like he has helped me always.

  • Richard Brown

    There’s surfing in Jersey at Monmouth University… NYU in Manhattan isn’t that far from beaches but the North East is mostly flat in the summer.

  • Cory

    I don’t know about surfing but your USA prices for college are crazy. We know how to party in Canada, our prices are low and alot of our top students get careers in the States.

  • USDoverEverything

    how do you have point loma, SDSU, UCSD, and not USD? A large number of USD students even live on the beach…

    • drew

      true…just about any school, community colleges as well…is epic down there cuz there’s surf from baja mexico all the way up to trestles.i went to pt.loma nazarene and surfed garbage and lescums for 4 years…epic.

  • billy

    Is it bad that I’m basing where I should go to college of this?

  • lia_f.s.

    UH Manoa has mountains and a waterfall you can jump in / swim in nearby / rainbows though for days with bad waves though. Putting things in perspective 🙂 and it’s really easy to get to the cliffs at diamond head with the beach down below which always has waves that’s not crowded. Takes like 10 mins. Good hills for bombing on skates too aye. So UH is #1.

  • Beachlife

    hey guys! so I am a senior in high school and my dream school is UCSB AND UCSD an CSU SD but the thing is I only have a 2.7 sophomore and junior but all years together about 3.4 I am not very good with test no matter how much I study so my sat/act isn’t so god either:/ bummer I know, but what I was thinking is just doing community in the same city and transferring, but the thing is I don’t want to miss out on the dorms and I know it would be really expensive. I live around Sacremento

  • itsyaboi

    When Ala Moana turns on its insane, and you dont HAVE to surf bowls either concessions is way more shallow but its a much longer wave, north shore is more like 30 min, on a bad day its 45, sandys is amazing all year long for bodysurfing, if any of you guys have a military friend that can get you onto hickam airforce base try to go surf hickam harbor, its a mile paddle out, but it gets insane, but there are a LOT of sharks so dont go out alone because there is never anybody out, you have to catch it on a miracle day with no wind though because if you dont its blown out and unsurfable.

  • dawn treader

    I currently attend ucsb and honestly believe that we deserve a bit more credit than the critics allot us. We do have our bad days, but the waves here can get pretty big. However I do have to admit that Hawaii would be the best place to go for surfing and beach living. It has summer weather year round, the water is warmer since it’s on the equator, and the size of the waves there make all of our California waves look like little pussies, lol.

  • Jon P

    No Florida colleges mentioned, interesting.