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4 College Freshman

Academics: Academic Assistance – I was shocked at the amount of out of class help that was available for us students on campus. First of all there are classes called CLAS which is a 50 minute class where you review material from lectures and are able to ask questions about anything in a small class environment of about 20 students or can schedule a 1 on 1 tutoring section for no cost. In addition, you have professors and teacher assisstants office hours, CLAS teachers hours, and individual "labs" such as math lab which is a drop in tutorial for math. To top it off you have fellow students who want to succeed just lke you do and are more than willing to form a study group to study together.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: IV Is Disgusting – Isla vista is disgusting, low quality and rent is excruciatingly expensive for bad housing.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Slow Wireless Connection – There is wireless all across campus but it tends to get really slow.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: International Student – Hard to get financial aid as an international student.

3 College Junior

Administration: Kind of Strict – I know three people who had to go to jail overnight for being drunk in public.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Don't Dominate the Scene – Since UCSB is a party school, people party regardless of their greek affiliation. Greeks are generally friendly to non-Greeks.

4 College Junior

Local Area: The Perfect College Town! Relaxed and Convenient – It is the perfect location for college students. The campus is sandwiched between the ocean and Isla Vista - which has various shops and then becomes the residential area where many students live right alongside the locals. Of course, IV is the place to party and you can expect music to be blasting pretty much every day of the week. Since there is a 24 hour room at the school library, you can still get away to study but if that's not to your style, it's best to avoid living there. Especially during the Halloween weekend, when tens of thousands of people flood there to the well-known UCSB Halloween fest.
There are a couple market places only five minutes away by car with big name stores like Costco, Ross, Home Depot, K-Mart, and more. Every Sunday there is a Farmer's Market that goes on there and you can get some pretty good stuff and pretty good prices. There is really no need to get out of 10 minutes' range from campus to get everything you need. But, if you do want a little more adventure, downtown is only fifteen minutes away by freeway and there are plenty of shops and eateries to explore. There is a Farmer's Market here, too, on Tuesdays which is much larger than the one by campus. The weather is generally good and not too cold or too hot, but the fog does set in at night pretty often.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Couldn't Get Any Better – The weather here is great. Temperature highs rarely reach over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, since the campus is right next to the beach, it helps us cool down whenever we are feeling a bit stuffed up in the dorms or any other building. Walking to class is relaxing with the pleasant weather. Though there are days when it can get really foggy and rainy, the sun is often out to give us that feeling of pleasantry.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Fluctuates almost constantly. When you get sun, bask in it! It's likely to disappear the very next day.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Guys, unless you're tall, handsome and athletic, don't come here. You're in for torture. Girls, anyhow you look, you're always welcome.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Off Campus – Very quiet and comforting. Especially if it's away from the party scene

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Fun, Parties, but Studying...? Nope – UCSB is known for parties and that's a fact. It all happens in Isla Vista in the streets of Del Playa known as DP in IV. Partying is fun but to live off campus in IV is not a smart decision in terms of studying...

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: From 12 different flavors of ice cream for dessert, they have brownies, cookies, whatever you like. DLG is the best dining common in my opinion because they have mexican grill, italian section, and asian food section. THe pizza is bomb. They have a huge salad bar and lots of varieties every day. It does get repetitive some times but there are different dinning commons to choose from.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Santa Barbara has a lot of activities for people to do in Isla Vista for 18 year olds and 21 year olds. It is close to campus so getting there and going back to your dorm is no hassle whatsoever. They also have free buses that are in service very late

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Too Many Unfocused Boys and Girls – There are far too many party people at our school. The majority of boys and girls care too much about having fun and going out than their actual classes. It's sad too see so many of them wasting their time and money like that.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Majority Is Obvious – The majority of students on this campus are wealthy or white students. There is a great number of Asians as well, but not that many Hispanics and even far less African Americans. As far as ideology, the students here are very diverse with a broad perspective of many topics. Many groups of people host events to teach us about their cultures and show diversity.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Isla Vista Is Pretty Insane – drinking is pretty excessive here. Isla Vista is packed on the weekends with thousands of drunken college kids. Cops are strict when it comes to certain rules. there isn't too much peer pressure. some people choose not to drink

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Aren't Big – Most houses aren't that nice. Greek life isn't that big. Many parties to compete with the Greek houses

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many different kinds of people, but must look somewhat hard to find the extremely good looking people.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are 4 on-campus dining halls. Weekly meal plan, does not roll over, does not allow to swipe in visitors on your own meal plan. Each dining hall has their own specialty

5 College Junior

Weather: Weather at UCSB is awesome! Not too hot and not too cold.

3 College Junior

Administration: UCSB is known as a party school so there are cops that hang around. When big crowds show up for parties there will be police on the look-out. Once I saw ambulance parked on the side probably knowing they'll be called. They're also strict with parking and biking. If you don't bike on the bike paths you get fined big bucks.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I feel like UCSB has more Caucasians than other races

4 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation is excellent at UCSB. We have a bus system that's very helpful. Bus stops are located close to off-campus living. Part of what we pay goes towards getting bus-stickers which students use in order to ride the bus without having to pay. UCSB is also known for its bike paths. We have one of the largest! Most students commute by bike.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Active Hotties – There's a wide range of different types of guys and girls at UCSB. A lot of students are athletic and adventurers. You see a lot of them doing some exercise on campus (such as running, biking, and the occasional person biking with a surf board implying that he's gonna surf).

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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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