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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking and Drugs Are Popular – Drinking and partying are the main weekend activity for most students here. There is easy access to drugs such as ecstasy, acid and cocaine among others. However, there isn't pressure to join in. Its a fun atmosphere even for those who abstain from that side of partying.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Local Is Cheap, Downtown Expensive – If you dine in Isla vista, you have a wide variety of options for cheap. They are located within walking or biking distance. If you want more upscale dining options, the best restaurants are downtown and about 15 minutes away in a car.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Nothing Serious – The relationships with roommates and housemates will last you a lifetime. Do not expect a relationship with someone you meet at school. The boys aren't quite as mature as the girls.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Always Summer! The weather is always beautiful at the beach! There is very little if any extreme weather conditions. There is some gloom from the marine layer, but usually sunny. Spring quarter is the best and it's hard to study during!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Variety, but Lacking in Healthy Options – The food choices on campus are many....different ethnic options and a variety day to day. The only thing lacking in this variety is more healthy options. It is easy to gain the freshman 15.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Great Experience – There are tons of intramural sports and club sports available, which makes up for the fact there is no football team.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Be Warned. UCSB is famous for partying, and with partying comes reckless drunks, druggies, and ignorant students. Stay with buddies if you do go partying, and play smart.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is refreshing to baking to breezy in Santa Barbara. It's wonderful ALL year long.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Beachy Keen – It's hard for me to really write a lot about the weather because it's something that needs to be experienced. I am not lying when I say it is some of the most beautiful weather you will see anywhere. I wake up most mornings and there isn't a single cloud in the sky. Sure, there's rain occasionally as with most locations, but it's sunny and temperate more often than not.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Free Flowing Fun – The school as a whole is very laid back. It's hard to really get punished unless you're being an absolute derp. Mind you, drinking/smoking in the dorms will get you a write up, $120 charge, and a 5 week alcohol drug course (if you get caught). It's not hard to stay on top of it and be discreet though. The great thing is, most of the people who would punish you are alumni of the school and they want you to have fun as well. Just don't go around causing fights and being a hooligan and you will be fine.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty People Party – Guys and girls alike know how to dress and make themselves look great. I never go a day without seeing at least one beautiful girl, and I'd like to think they have some substance as well. Naturally, there are going to be some that aren't so attractive, as with every school. As a whole, however, I'd place the beauty level right at the top with anywhere else.

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Lots of Dumb Pretty Girls. Although, of course, there are many dedicated and intelligent people attending UCSB, at times it feels like just a bunch of beautiful people who are there to party more than they are to get an education. The party school reputation hurts those Alum that actually went to learn.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Live in I.V. No Car Needed. Isla Vista is the town right next to campus. Live there and you will have no need for a car. Everyone walks and rides bikes.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our Library Is Amazing. I fell in love with the library. It is eight stories high and the silence that the eighth floor offers is peaceful.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Tons of Diversity – The campus is definitely diverse, but the majority of the students are white. UCSB is located next to the beach so most of the people there dress summer-y, meaning the guys wear tanks and the girls wear short shorts. There are also a lot of fraternities and sororities to choose from.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There is always plenty of parking spaces for students. It is not expensive and after a certain time of the day it is actually free for students.

College Sophomore

Majors: Will Look for Internships – I know the career center is a good place to look for internships. I plan to get involved in an internship in healthcare because I want to work in the healthcare field.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Not the Best – There is definitely a lot of opportunities to get involved in research in the sciences. I have had more helpful professors than terrible ones.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I See Eye Candy Erryday – Omg you wouldnt believe how so many cute guys could be concentrated in such a small area.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Never a Dull Moment – If you surround yourself with the right kind of people UCSB or any college for that matter can be amazing! Especially with Isla Vista and the beach at walking distance, anything can happen! Dont say I didnt warn you!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Ok but Repetitive – Look at the menus online before swiping in. Most of the time you can avoid a dreadful meal by planning ahead. If one of the three dinning commons do not sound good, you can always go to the other ones!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Live However You Want – Here at UCSB, you can choose how many dorm mates you want which is really good in my opinion. What I love is the 2-in2 plan which is where you are guaranteed on-campus housing for your last two years if you live on campus for your entire first two years.


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Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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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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