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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think there should definitely be a lot more interesting general ed courses offered, and more seminars for upperclassmen because there are some that are interesting but only offered to incoming freshmen. Class sizes are okay and professors are pretty good save for a few (I feel like most of the bad ones are the math professors). Overall a good academic experience.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel like there's a lot of petty crimes committed at UCSB (though mostly in Isla Vista) like people having their possessions stolen. But for the most part I feel safe walking on campus by myself at night. I do think there should be stricter measures taken to reduce the number of break-ins and stolen possessions.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The residence hall I was in was kind of old and the elevator broke down once in a while. My room wasn't that big which was kind of a problem because it was a hassle to move around even though I only had one roommate, and our residence hall wasn't that social but I visited other dorms and they seemed a lot better. In my opinion the housing is more expensive than it should be as our dorms are not spacious. It's nice that they provide a microwave and other kitchen supplies.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not interested in Greek life. The people I know in professional fraternities seem to be benefitting from them but otherwise the social ones just throw parties.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not a big fan of sports but from what I've heard our soccer team is okay and I've been to a game. Everyone seems pretty enthusiastic and supportive.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Going to UCSB so far has allowed me to push myself out of my comfort zone and be a more proactive and outgoing individual. I really love the campus as well as the friends I've made here! However, schoolwork is quite tedious so I'm still struggling to find a balance between my social life and keeping up with academics. For the most part our professors seem to know what they're doing- however, I've had one or two who aren't very good at teaching. I would probably choose my school again if I had a chance to redo it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's so weird how some classes may have up to 100 students while others will have less than 20.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: With it being such an amazing research school, it's perfect for me and offers many opportunities which help me with my career path.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel like crimes are happening a lot not necessarily on campus but near like in IV and I'm always getting emails about it as alerts. Lot of police nearby makes you feel safe though

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Triples is being enforced for freshmen this year and it's very expensive for a crammed little room of three. Not enough closet space either.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's sort of dying and two frat houses have been shut down last year.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Personally, I love tennis and it's amazing how UCSB has 19 tennis courts. There are so many different sports and outdoor activities at UCSB you can always try something new!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone is very nice and such an amazing community. Beautiful place to live and learn.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school and can't imagine going anywhere else.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Getting a degree from UCSB is definitely something to brag about.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus crime is mostly bike thefts rather than sexual assaults.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in a double room occupancy last year and it was okay except i didn't get along with my roommate at all.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some of our sports teams are really good, such as the men and women's varsity soccer teams. they are nationally recognized.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The campus is one of the most beautiful you will ever find and the people are nice.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are many different types of classes and ways to get involved with professors, whether it's through research or student organizations. However, being a big public school, many of lectures are very large. The professors do not teach, but rather profess their knowledge.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Undergraduate research is promoted and very important at our school and it is known as one of the top research institutes in the country. Many employers come during career faires and the students often stand out from other applicants as they know our school takes academics seriously but can also party and socialize.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Isla Vista is an area filled with not just UCSB students, but also SBCC students, and that makes things a bit dangerous as there can be people who aren't students on campus. It doesn't help that it's an open campus. In addition, UCSB has a big partying community, and so people have gotten drunk and done stupid things such as going towards cliffs overlooking the beaches or committing unwanted sexual acts. Isla Vista has also faced a shooting incident in 2014 where a sorority house was shot up, resulting in several deaths and injuries. However, there are services and people such at the police department and CSOs who will walk you so that you're not alone. In addition, the school takes sexual assault seriously and has a reliable alert system.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are triple occupancy and the only dorms that offer double occupancy is either too small or a mile away from campus. In addition, the cost of living on campus is on the expensive side. The social atmosphere and cleanliness of the dorms are good and most of them are close to classrooms/dining halls though.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The recreation center is clean and offers many different things for people to use. Soccer is attended by most, if not all students, and there is a tradition that surrounds it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UCSB has a very welcoming community.

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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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