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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in a dorm with beach view where I was lucky enough to meet wonderful, life-long friends, so I had a wonderful experience.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: When you go to games you feel like one within our school. Everyone has so much school spirit, and it is expected to love, and go all out for our teams, whatever the sport may be.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the atmosphere of my school. I feel as if everywhere you turn, there is love, and there is concern for wanting everyone to succeed. It is definitely hard to miss home when you feel just as home here.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing has a smooth and easy process and the atmosphere of living on campus is great. Staff and students are so friendly and the transition to living on campus is made a lot easier by the school. Events to meet friends and to come together as peers to have fun and socialize or study together are made possible frequently by staff members.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As non-Greek, I see Greek life as superficial, as do many other non-Greeks. The idea of being in a fraternity/sorority seems great since one builds connections, does a lot of community work, gains leadership experience, and has a large group of friends, but since it is costly I feel as if it is simply "buying" all of these benefits. Overall, there is not a social separation between Greeks and non-Greeks at my school, but when it comes to parties and appearing to be snobby, I think there is a bit of tension between the two groups.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: My school is not very spirited when it comes to sports, besides soccer. Soccer games are seemingly a must-attend event, but other than that, varsity sports are not really a big deal.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love so much about my school, from the location right at the beach to the high-quality education provided. My school seems to be the ultimate balance of having the time of our lives and being focused on getting a top notch education and to pursue careers. I also really like that my school is a top research university because it allows for many classes to be hands-on; in some classes we go out and experiment with the material we are studying. I would not want to attend any other school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Course work is heavy but not impossible. Many other students are in the same boat with some of the same work load so many times students can help each other out and kill two birds with one stone. professors are normally very engaged in their study of teaching, sometimes you will encounter students who are not so engaged but many professors enjoy speaking to their students and helping them out. There are variety over variety of courses to take other than you general courses, classes that involve our beautiful lagoon, our beaches, school matches.So much campus involvement in classes and hands on activities in chem classes, all the way to English classes. Classes are very large fr the most part so it is very easy to either get lost in work or make other friends to help when you are lost. there is so many possibilities for learning in classes with interesting topics and students just as excited as you are in these classes.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Depending on the major, many representatives are out tabling around campus recruiting and helping others on the path for employment after college. Students and advisers talk and create connections that can easily branch out to meet others involved int he same major and interests as one another. The career center does help students in finding jobs and internships during college to create experience for future employment and many times these internships take in their students as full time employees.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Both on campus and in the town of Isla Vista, there are two police and sheriff departments. Te sheriffs department sends out regular alerts if there is any suspicious activity in the area, any crime , minor or great, just to inform all the residents and every student is provided with key tags with numbers of health and wellness, the sheriffs department and police departments. this community is very caring and well supported together.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If it is your first year of college, absolutely apply to stay in the dorms. The dorms prepare you for living with someone other than family like you're used to. In the future you will need to find apartments, houses, condos, other forms of living than your parents home and living with a new roommate makes that a little easier. This roommate can also become your best friend or someone whom you'll have experienced dealing with in the future. Since dorms have halls it is very easy to make friends regardless of how "quiet" or "antisocial" one is. Sometimes you will encounter times where you do not always agree with your roommate or how the rules are in the dorms, but listen to your Resident advisor, they are only trying to keep you safe and well. Don't do anything that will result into suspension and removal from the dorms, not only will it be on your permanent record but it results in lost financial aid. If you follow all the rules of the dorms and just hop a little out of your comfort zone, the dorm life will be heaven.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Depending on whom you speak to, Greek life is one of the many things students look forward to. The Greek create the easiest areas for students to become more social. If you are not a person who likes to openly talk to others and with no hesitation, many students use Greek events for this reason. A lot of the Greek are very friendly but can be a little uptight sometimes. But they are all generally nice people who enjoy meeting people as much as you would.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Personally the Athletics on campus are widely supported, although varsity sports are the main focus on campus. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because at our Varsity games every student is in full spirit chanting all together. Our varsity sports games then encourage students to start intramurals which friends support all together and students create their own teams.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Attending the University of Santa Barbara is quite the experience. The classes themselves are challenging but absolutely doable. Santa Barbara is located in Goleta, where Isla Vista sits on the outskirts. Isla Vista is a town full of college students just like you, along with High School students whom you act as a guide to. The area is very welcoming with a strong work ethic. The workload encourages students to work harder than they would in High School which creates a level of responsibility for students who had an easy time. College is not a walk in the park, but it can be a stroll on the beach if your priorities are straight and work hard before you play hard.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience on this college is good. The professors are cool and very helpful, and the courses are very various.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are many internship and job opportunities on campus and students are glad to join in.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health and safety environment on campus is good overall.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My room is so spacious, but some guys smoke pot overnight, which is so bad.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Those frat guys are so cool, though some of them are naughty.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: They're the best ones in our college, and I love them so.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The overall experience of my college is not bad. Although some students always partying, most students study hard and play hard.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Class sizes are larger, and certain classes are difficult to get into. Quality of material being taught is good. Professors are usually helpful, but others can be difficult to deal with (material is presented very unclearly, timeliness and organization is very poor).

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The student associations hold many career events for the students, however, they tend to be very exclusive to club members, or the variety of career opportunities is very poor (clusters of employers hiring one certain major only)

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: After the shooting, availability of counselling and officers increased on campus. My school has taken a lot of steps to make the students feel more safe, which is encouraging, but they could provide more help for those victims of sexual assault.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Student's hardly ever get their top picks, overcrowding in dorms, small rooms, and cost is high. The atmosphere is good if you're sociable. Housing is very close to classes.

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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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