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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is amazing. Isla Vista is a town almost entirely made up of students your own age attending UCSB.

College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are available to those who really want them. Alcohol usage and visibility is apparent but drug use is not.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many members of the Greek system are very nice and friendly. However some of the people are stuck up.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I am really happy with the major of engineering. I knew it was going to be hard, and the transition from high school to college was a little bit difficult for me but all in all I would do it again. I hope to graduate with higher than a 3.0 GPA and get a job in industry.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: Only soccer and basketball are huge sports

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We take a class to learn safety and consequences.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Classes are close by, and we get house keeping.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The cost to live in Isla Vista can get expensive.

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not qualify for financial aid.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Hometown
Long Beach
Major
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
2012
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Ask practically any UCSB student, and he or she can give you a long list of things they love about the University, along with a few things they wish they could change. For the most part, UCSB is a college student’s haven with great academics, world-renowned professors, not to mention the great weather and laid-back atmosphere, and lastly who can forget the social scene? Some students describe Santa Barbara as paradise, but for those who quickly get over it and need a getaway, LA is a short one-hour drive south, while San Francisco is only four hours north. There are hidden treasures in Santa Barbara that you can explore and take advantage of while living there.

Do not let the weather and social scene cloud your judgment and decisions—take a deeper look at the school and ask the students. Chances are, the parties are not at the top of their list. Most students fall in love with their internships, clubs and organizations, and research work that prepare them for the real world. The most successful students are those who find a balance between academics and social life. The temptation to blow off school is present wherever you go, so the students pay extra attention to the work they produce. Overall, UCSB is the type of school that produces people that employers are seeking. You will find your fellow peers to be sociable and well-rounded in and out of the workplace. So although you may not get to experience game days like you would at a football school, there is nothing better than being able to catch a quick "surf sesh" before and after your class.

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