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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Way of Life – UC Santa Barbara has been dubbed a party school for a reason. There are parties every day of the week and people are constantly going out. Many people can balance their social life and academics without having to sacrifice too much. It's easy to get wrapped up in wanting to always partying but don't let it greatly affect your studies. If you're smart about it, you can balance both.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Res Halls – Most of the Freshman res halls are super close to class. The newest res hall, Santa Catalina, is about a mile off campus and you'll definitely need a bike if you live there. The on campus res halls aren't too bad. Some of the buildings are older but they are okay overall. I personally lived in a triple and had a great time. I had less space but I also paid less than a lot of people.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: One of the benefits of being a student at UCSB, is that all students get free transportation by just showing the access card to the bus driver. Busses run almost like 15 minutes so it's always convenient.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On Campus Life is Amazing – Living on campus is truly amazing, all the dorm are unique each with it's own theme floors. Some of the dorm are quite small, but all have spectacular views. Living on campus makes life easier, just because your closer to all your resources it is also an excellent way to get to know your fellow classmates.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety First – At the University of California Santa Barbara I have always felt safe. There's a sheriff's department just a few blocks away from the campus and if you ever need someone to escort you during the night there is always the Cso that you can call. But, definetly keep your doors locked at all times because there have been cases of theft.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid was very fustrating as an incoming freshman. It took forever for them to answer the phone, but when they did my problems were fix fairly quickly. Now, as a sophomore I haven't needed to call them for any problems and my aid was distributed already before I knew it.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several restuarants and fast food places and are open late nights. They offer students discounts as well.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus itself feels safe. It's a pretty big place but you're usually surrounded by a lot of students. The campus police is near when needed

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Good Professors – I'm a Psychology Major and all the professors I've had so far have been really good.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Depends Which Dining Common – Some of the dining commons are definitely better than others. Carillo has the best food and service while ever where else is pretty hit and miss.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: When going to UCSB I was talking with a roommate of mine about how hot the girls are in this campus and he told me that the city college has hotter girls. I had went there once and didn't see any, so I disregarded it but when I took a course in Film Production and Communication at the college it was like being hit by a freakin train. The Swedish Bikini team comes to school here, I actually lived in Sweden when I was a child, my cusin's wife is swedish so stayed with them at Uppsala which is like SLO Cal Poly very college town and the girls there are not as hot as these girls. I love UCSB but SBCC has much hotter girls than UCSB.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Is Where You Park? I think You still can park on the parking structure at UCSB when you buy the Quarterly Pass and walk or bike to Isla Vista if you live there, You can also park at Isla Vista and bike to school every day, but its hard to find parking in the school year and if you have a nice car watch it there are plenty of drunks rooming at night that your car might be scratched, kicked, windshields broken, stuff stolen. Yeah don't leave valuable's in your car, There are not only college students who live there, their are low income families, and a fair amount of homeless people who reside. Parking situation is better in summer, because most of the population has left back home.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: There Is Something for Everyone – There are alot of activities on campus, from Frat, Spots, multicultural, ethnic, Religious and so forth. It's cool everyone get's along together. There is definately everything you want while attending, FYI Santa Barbara is very addictive, once you're here with this great weather, the people are attractive and nice,very laid back town. So what does it mean? In some cases there are people that make pennies but rather live here than go back to where they come from like LA, I use to live there the girls were not that hot, honestly there not its all plastic with bleach blond hair and snotty attitude and don't get me started about the cops. Here is really cool, but it's hard to survive, definately force yourself to leave this town when you graduate or you'll be stuck homeless. I left because I saw couple of my friends working multiple jobs to just stay in Santa Barbara.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Lots to Do – Isla Vista is great, don't really need ot be in a Frat to meet people but its cool if you want to do. I joined a Fraternity to experience it but there are so many organizations that you can join if you choose to. Downtown is fun as well, definately want to go on Thursday nights, on the weekends hit up IV that's where the actions at, places to eat at IV would be DeJavu and Silvergreens alot of hot girls eat there and the food is good. Freebird is great, love their nacho's but watch out you might get hooked and if you do then forget about your six pack you'll come out with a beer gut.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Global Studies! I am pleased to say that the department of International affairs is great! We are given the opportunity to study abroad and I am very interested in becoming an ambassador.

4 College Freshman

Weather: You can study, run, or just cruise around at what ever time you want. The atmosphere is amazing and you can study almost anywhere or just hang out with friends.

4 College Freshman

Technology: UC Santa Barbara's computer labs are very modern and are placed in great environments for students to focus and feel as comfortable as possible. They are up to date and are very beneficial to all students. With wireless internet accessible to all students, one does not really need to go to the computer lab. But, they are there if needed.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Supposedly, UCSB girls are "A+'s" while UCSB guys are "A's", but in my eyes, everyone just looks average.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Common Room – I recently visited Cal State Long Beach and my friend gave me a tour of their common room. They had pool tables, Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Taco Bell, (more fast food names), etc. Essentially, they had a building where students can relax and enjoy themselves. I suppose the University Center is UCSB's "common room" but, in my opinion, it is a bit lacking.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: University's Adequate Labs – UCSB has computers capable for any type of work that needs to be done.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Beach Town USA – Isla Vista is total beach town... students riding their beach cruisers enjoying the sunshine! There are scattered parks to relax or play frisbie at, and where throughout the year, little events are held at too. Great college town feel.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Beautiful Beach Town With Great College Atmosphere. Beaches everywhere, great downtown location to visit in Santa Barbara with great places to eat and shop. Wouldn't choose anywhere else to live for college.

3 College Senior

Majors: The Pressure of Internships – I currently have no internship experience. As a senior at UC Santa Barbara, I have felt extreme pressure to join the Internship community by advisors, parents, and friends. However, considering the current economic state and job market, I have had to take on a part time paid job rather than an unpaid internship in a field which I would like to pursue after graduation. It is unfortunate that there is so much focus on the importance of an internship because I have witnessed other students get driven into a job that they do not like and do not have any interest in just because it was the only offer they received that held the stamp of "internship". I am hoping to continue my education through a professional degree in law during which, I hopefully will gain more job experience in that field, however until then, I must continue working at my part time job.

5 College Senior

Academics: As an English major, I have been given the opportunity to not only gain knowledge through learning from others, but also through my own active participation in the general learning process. At UC Santa Barbara, the English teachers and TAs encourage a variety of viewpoints and original thoughts on the material while also providing a structured curriculum, allowing students to take a truly interactive role in their education.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: "I Love Vista" – When one hears UC Santa Barbara, he/she may automatically picture a school in the hub of a downtown beach city. What is deceiving about this is the school and almost all of its student body inhabit a small 1 square mile college town called Isla Vista that neighbors the campus. A 20 minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara, Isla Vista is a quintessential college town packed with students, Greek life, great dining and a very active social scene. Not to mention, both Isla Vista (fondly named IV by its residents) and the UC campus drop right off into the Pacific ocean granting anyone a breathtaking view of the coast from almost any spot, whether its while studying by the window in the library or while eating breakfast on an oceanside patio. This school and its atmosphere provides an opportunity not only to enjoy a beautiful view daily, but also, a wonderfully interactive community of students thanks to the ever-unique IV.

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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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