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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.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most professors at UCSB are very interested in the subjects they teach and want their students to understand and grow their own interests in the subject. They are all very qualified to be teaching and work to make sure that the majority of students are learning what they need to learn. With that said, classes are quite large so it isn't possible for everybody to completely understand what a professor is saying at any given moment. However, TA's are very helpful and office hours are something that professors most definitely encourage all students to take advantage of.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school does a pretty good job preparing you for the professional world and is definitely known as a good school which holds up well with potential job offers. The career services are pretty average in their abilities to help students feel comfortable in their post-grad goals.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UCSB does its best to ensure all students' safety and works to make sure that whenever somebody is put in an unsafe position that all students know about the situation and are warned of potential unsafe situations. Campus crime alerts are utilized very well and almost immediately after a crime has been committed and reported all students get email notifications describing the criminal and situations so as to ensure all students' safety.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus provides you with good proximity to classes and to people who you are most likely to have a lot in common with. The social atmosphere is quite good in that the Residence Hall Association tries to use every opportunity it can to provide the residents with safe, fun ways to be social with one another. The dorms themselves are average in size and furnishings but are most definitely livable and are easy to get used to.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's great, but I'm poor

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: My school is known quite well for its greek life. Some fraternities and sororities stick pretty well to what you would expect the quintessential sorority/fraternity to be like while others break the mold. There is most definitely something for everybody. However, if you choose not to join the greek system, your social life will most definitely not be different in that there are still very many ways to easily place yourself in social settings.

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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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