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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All I have been a part of is Freshmen Orientation but even just by going to that I can tell how accepting everyone is. I was really nervous about going away from home and starting at a school where I didn't know anyone, but I'm not scared anymore. There is no reason for me to be.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although UCSB was not my first choice in terms of preferred colleges, I've learned to appreciate and enjoy the community within the university as well as find my niche among my peers.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school is definitely more than just a party school. It has a great environment and a great setting! I love UCSB

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although it wasn't my first choice, I am still so happy to attend UCSB. The community is amazing and welcoming. The campus is beautiful and the weather is great. Although the parties and the wild side does get a little overwhelming, there are still many devoted and hardworking students.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Santa Barbara is a beautiful school with amazing students. From the moment I walked in to meet my group for orientation I felt a change in my vibe. The students and staff welcome you with open arms and big smile. You can not resist to feel anything else but at home. Besides the cheerful student population at UCSB, this university also has an amazing beach scenery. Giving every student, visitor, or professor a taste of paradise. UCSB also offers a variety of majors and courses to chose from. Although these courses are a constant challenge with a max of two test to define your grade, they do manage to help you grow as a student, an independent individual, and a young adult. My journey at UCSB, although short, has been one of a kind.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the active beach environment, and happy people. The academics don't disappoint me at all as I am sufficiently challenged too.

I'm having the time of my life in an amazing college. I couldn't have ever hoped for more.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I take pride in being a Gaucho and love the friends and memories I have made thus far. People always told me college was going to be the best 4 years of my life and I really did not believe it until I finished my first year at UCSB. Four years is not enough time to spend on the beautiful campus and to learn as much as I have with the wonderful professors and classes offered.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Absolutely love UCSB! Beautiful campus, friendly people and awesome professors!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I couldn't imagine going to school anywhere else

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school has the most beautiful campus in the world! The people there are great and it is a tight knit community. I wouldn't choose any other place if I had the chance to do so all over again.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UCSB has helped me to learn about inclusiveness, and has pushed me out of my comfort zone. It was far from home so I had to learn quick on my feet when times became tough.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I absolutely love UCSB. I love the environment.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the environment of this university and the community. It's very compassionate and caring. Everyone is looking out for your best interest, always wanting you to succeed and it makes finding support so easy around here. This positive and welcoming place makes going to school wonderful

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCSB has it all: spirit, competitiveness, community, and a gorgeous location. It is expensive but you get what you pay for. It is an amazing school and I would not have it any other way.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I can honestly wake up everyday and say that I am content with my college decision and would not want to be at any other university. I am pushed everyday to work harder and succeed, yet in the midst that's not too hard to do when you're in such a wonderful place. I am surrounded by the happiest people, going to one of the most prestige public universities, and my backyard is the ocean. Do I have much to complain about? I believe it's easy to be successful when you are happy and truly enjoying yourself and what you are doing. In Santa Barbara I couldn't be happier and am glad to call UCSB my school.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UC Santa Barbara has a friendly atmosphere that offers unforgettable experiences, as well as an amazing education. If I could do it all over again, I would still choose Santa Barbara, but after attending community college.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My first year at college has been good. It took me a while to adjust to the atmosphere and not being close to my family but UCSB offers a lot of programs to help you feel comfortable here. They also have free counseling services for those who are home sick or having trouble adjusting. Having the beach right next to campus allows for amazing weather where we can always study outside. The people are all friendly and TAs are very helpful. Professors are interested in helping you succeed and answer questions.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: UCSB has the friendliest and most active party scene I have ever experienced. Everyone here studies hard and parties hard. I believe its one of the best Universities out there with the beach on one side and a whole community of college students who just want to socialize and have the best time possible. If you don't drink there is a vast amount of volunteering opportunities with a whole bunch job opportunities and internships that can be accessed through the university and even people.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The overall chill environment and the close by beach is incredibly relaxing. Generally you get a positive vibe from the environment and the people around you. The studies are pretty rigid, but the only thing is it's quite expensive and the living community around it also slightly more expensive.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am a freshman attending UCSB and what makes my school unique is our school spirit and atmosphere. UCSB seems to have very calm, laid back people and maybe it's because of it's mellow weather. Nonetheless, everyone there is friendly and the people there truly make UCSB a home away from home.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The environment is very friendly

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The strong sense of community, first-class academics, and gorgeous location completely overshadow the school's (mostly undeserved) reputation as a party school.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I absolutely love UCSB but I wish I was better prepared for the costs.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love this school -- everything from the people, to the professors and classes offered, to the beach. There is no other school in America quite like UCSB.

6 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Living and trying to attend UCSB for low income students is almost close to impossible especially for first generation students. The environment is friendly for long boarders, a bicyclist. It is a party school and the community college students tend to always party without regards for the UCSB students.

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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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