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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I hope to get an summer internship because you have more time to dedicate yourself to just that position.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: IV has some of the best food in the state! The Habit Burger Grill and Freebirds originate from Isla Vista.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Our school is known internationally for its parties!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our campus is not that diverse. Most of the population is Caucasian but the numbers of minorities has come up in recent years!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our campus is quite open! People feel free to express themselves and their views.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wish they had more financial aid opportunities for individuals who follow within the "middle-class" social bracket.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: UCSB has a very accepting student population. Students are generally very friendly towards one another, which I love about this campus. You never feel judged. People here embrace unique qualities, and students who are true to themselves.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The safety escort service is very beneficial. I also like how the school sends out Emergency Alerts so you can be aware of harmful incidences.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are 4 dining halls, with three located on campus. Each one offers an amazing selection of gourmet food. It's all you can eat style, where you pay to go in and then eat an unlimited amount of food. They always have many different ethnic dishes. Unfortunately, UCSB does not offer roll over or guest swipes, which can be a little frustrating.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is always a large selection of off campus apartments available in Isla Vista, which is located directly next to campus. There is also a big range of cost depending on how close you are to the beach as well as amenities. Parking is pretty atrocious. The streets are always packed, and the lots are very limited in space. Safety is a large concern because there have been many incidents of theft.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I haven't had any issues with receiving financial aid. So far, I have been able to receive it smoothly.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: UCSB is also known as the University of Paradise because it is located right on the Pacific Coast, smack dab off of the Pacific Coast Highway. It's a beautiful beach college town, with many local attractions in the many parks. There are plenty of cultural events happening on campus. There is shopping on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, which is only 20 minutes from campus.

4 College Junior

Athletics: UCSB has an amazing, nationally-ranked soccer team. At soccer games, the Gaucho family becomes one as more than 13,000 students cram into Harder Stadium donning blue and gold attire. It's an amazing, school-spirited event. Many of the sporting events have high attendance. UCSB also offers intramural sports year round, which is unique from other schools.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a cornucopia of amazing local restaurants located right off campus in the small college town of Isla Vista. While some places may be a little bit pricier (due to its setting right next to UCSB and the beach), the town also holds a lot of inexpensive chain restaurants, such as Subway, 7-Eleven, and the Habit. They always offer student discounts, especially during Dead Week and Finals week. There are many ethnic food places as well so that there is a great variety, and they are all located within just a two minute walk from campus.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The school has a lot of greenery, with a lot of lawns that students can relax on and play sports. The athletic center is well-equipped. The campus offers a wide variety of activities that students are able to attend on a daily basis.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The courses are very interesting in the Feminist Studies and Black Studies Departments. All the professors I have had here have been very kind and considerate. They really care about the students and are passionate about what they are teaching. I like that there is a mix of large lectures and small discussion based sections that students must attend.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There is a very high percentage of students who are employed right after a Bachelor's degree, and many pursue a higher degree afterward.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I think UCSB offers a wonderful housing community. The workers are all very friendly and they really try to make it feel like a welcoming atmosphere. 7 out of the 8 dorms are all also located on campus, which are very close to lecture halls and the UCEN. You are guaranteed housing as a first-year, and second year if you make the deadline.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: While it is extremely easy to find parties because of the college town located adjacent to campus, it isn't prevalent on campus. I think the best parties take place off campus in apartments of college students. I think the party scene could be positive because it allows students the opportunities to unwind after a stressful week but it could be detrimental to their health if they go overboard.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, but I would like to have one. I would like one because I want to have experience heading into grad school after college. It would also be nice to know if this career path is right for me. I do have concerns about finding one though because I am generally very busy. I worked on campus as a web manager for the Residence Halls Association.

4 College Junior

Majors: I applied through the general UC application, which is pretty normal. I didn't run into any difficulties. I think the most important criteria for admissions was the GPA, extra curricular activities, and essay. I would suggest that people start on their applications during the summer before their senior year. It's good to start early.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: For freshman, the dining commons are a great way to go. However, it does get old after the first year.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am not eligible for financial aid so I did not apply. But I heard many ends of the spectrum, some say it is difficult some say it is not.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara has a great atmosphere both downtown and near campus. There are so many things to do and things to see. There are things for everyone to do- from hiking to shopping.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I met all of my friends through the resident halls. It was a great experience, and am happy that all freshman live in the dorms. It has a great social atmosphere!

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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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