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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.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

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

2 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.

5 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.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Students and professor make my university great

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors and people make this a great choice

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm a believer of "your college experience is as much as you put into it". I have benefitted from it because I've put in my all into my education. I absolutely love UC Santa Barbara!

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The amazing opportunity for undergraduate research is a major reason for picking UCSB

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really love this school! Its full of very intelligent students and very qualified professors. I came in as an undeclared student, and the only drawbacks for me personally, were that UCSB does not have a nursing program or a speech and hearing program.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The education is top notch, nothing more or less. I am happy.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is beautiful!

Right by the beach for some fun in the sun.

Everybody is really friendly and accepting here!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school provides great resources and avenues to pursue my personal interests. I have found the school's campus atmosphere extremely studious but equally relaxing.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoyed every single one of my professors.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The people are super friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere is great with amazing weather and a very beachy vibe. The greek life here is small, but the impact is huge, an made transitioning into college life effortless with a great support system and amazing opportunities.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSB is the best college environment any one could ask for. Although UCSB is dubbed a party school, it all depends on wether you choose to or not.There are hundreds of clubs, sports, leisure review classes(I took massage and yoga), and activities to do around campus and also a very fun and friendly off-campus college life. All of my professors so far have been very passionate in their teaching and are excited to help students achieve a satisfactory understanding of the subject matter. Dorm life was awesome and got to make a ton of friends and lived on the health and wellness floor, one of the many themed floors, and met people with similar interests. Last but not least, the campus is gorgeous! It is the most unique campus I have ever been on! It's literally on the cliffs, it has beautiful new modern buildings looking over the pacific ocean and our new library is almost finished which is very exciting. All in all UCSB is a very fun, friendly, and academically and socially stimulating.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCSB could not have been a better choice for me. It suites me perfectly.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I do love the school, but it was just my roommates who made my freshman experience terrible. There are great people at this school that I have met in a club called Circle K International. I found the love for service and met such caring people who took care of me while I was sick, and let me stay over when I didn't want to stay in my room for emotional reasons. Because of this club, I met many people and now hold officer positions as a Family Head, an Executive Assistant for my Division board, and as a District Service Committee Donations Coordinator. I think without being at UCSB and being pushed to believe my own abilities, I wouldn't have any of these positions that I have now that bring me joy and the happiness of helping others.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Like the organizational culture of a corporation, the student population of UCSB share a unique culture and experience that could never exist elsewhere, characterized by love and community. On May 23, 2014, the neighboring city of Isla Vista where most UCSB students reside became the location of a senseless massacre in which 6 UCSB students were shot and killed, and many more injured. Although I did not personally know the students that were lost, the emotional toll that it took on my friends and I was tremendous. Despite the overwhelming sadness and resentment, however, the UCSB community offered support for one another and to the families of those that were lost through candlelight vigils, moving memorial services, a beautiful sunset paddle-out, and many more events. Students wore "Isla Vista Strong" tank tops to symbolize the solidarity of our community. I received hugs and words of comfort from strangers I had never met before. Before college, I had never really experienced the type of community that one feels at UCSB. It is quite a beautiful feeling to really find who you are and where you belong, and I am forever grateful that UCSB has provided me with that.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love how everyone I've met here is so down to earth and chill. Everybody just goes about doing their own thing. I love it

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My school is extremely diverse in academic and social opportunities. There is something for everybody to try and excel at. My school places an emphasis on receiving a top notch education and is located on one of the most beautiful and rich environments: a beach in Santa Barbara. The student body is very diverse in regards to race, religion, sex, and choice of major, making my experience in college not only one where I can learn about human psychology, but where I can learn about the cultures of the world through the people that surround me. My school prepares me for the world in this regard. University of California, Santa Barbara is a top ranking university that understands that the social aspects of college are also very important. Because of all of this, I would undoubtedly choose to attend UCSB if I were given a chance to do everything over again. The fact that my having not attended UCSB yet (I start my Freshman year in the Fall) doesn't affect my knowing how good of a school it is in regards to academics and social life is a true testament to the school that I will be attending.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoy both the environment and the students in UCSB. Going here has taught me how to keep a good balance between social and educational activities.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school has it all. Beach, parties, excellent education, small town (LA is just a drive away, if you don't like the small town feel). No matter what you like doing, you can find it here.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I didn't know what I expected from college (besides what portrayed in movies), but after spending a year at UCSB I can't imagine being anywhere else. People are generally happy and there's an underlying sense of gratitude to be in such a beautiful place getting a great education. The only thing that keep s me from saying "it's the best" is that it's a little too similar to the environment that I grew up in, and I had always seen myself branching out and trying something super new.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSB has many things to offer, and they will never let their students suffer. There is always help offered, and if you put your mind into it you can succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSB is located right by the beach, making the location feel like a vacation most of the time. The area is beautiful and going to the beach everyday makes it feel like paradise.

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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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