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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It would help me immensely in the future.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't pay much attention to them.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Students are more involved with intramural sports.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It has allowed me to become more open minded.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have seen many people participate in underage drinking, but the school does try its best to control it and do have strict policies about it.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I am never worried about being alone, I think that the school goes through extra precautions to keep all students safe and happy.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have only encountered 1 bad professor. The others that I have had are great, and seem extremely passionate about their job. Class sizes are large but that doesn't bother me. I like that most classes have a discussion section once a week so that things in the lecture can be talked about in a traditional classroom setting.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I wanted to be in a double, but I got a triple. It turned out to be okay, but one of my roommates and I are not very close which makes it awkward to live with her.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: i have only been to one soccer game, so I do not know much about the programs, but I do know that our sports are division 1, so I think we are pretty good. Many people attend the games and events with lots of spirit which makes them fun to attend.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Though I don't feel very safe sometimes roaming off-campus during the early morning or night time, it's nice to know that we have Community Service Officers available any time of the day to escort us to wherever we're going.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lectures at this school was something extremely new to me. So far with the professors I've had, they've been very accommodating and driven to share knowledge with the students. As far as course load, it's been on the tougher side but I try harder each and every day to do better and boost my GPA.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I believe getting a degree from UCSB definitely stands out and looks great to graduate schools. I would much rather get my degree from this school than the other schools I was accepted to, and for that I'm grateful.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved living in the dorms last year. Though it wasn't the best when it came to roommates, I made a ton of good friends in the residence hall that are real, genuine people. It's nice to meet people from different parts of California, or even out-of-state residents.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek Life is extremely popular here at UCSB. Though it may not be for me, I know it's very important to other people's lives and I respect that.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I've never really paid attention to the Athletics at my school as much as I did in high school. With a cheerleader as a roommate this year, I've been more involved in what goes on at the sports events here at UCSB but I don't mind it much and don't really care much about the program.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Santa Barbara is many people's dream school, but didn't happen to be mine. While it was the only UC i got accepted into among the ones I applied for, I felt like i settled for it "because it was a UC." Though I may not be entirely happy, the people here are amazing and it's one step closer in fulfilling my dreams and career goals.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many students here that all come from different backgrounds. They identify with different economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and ethnic groups. Everyone here is accepting of their fellow student body and respect them as individuals.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: UCSB has been known for its partying and there are visible signs of that. However, there are also a great deal of students who choose not to participate and peer pressure is very minimal.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is a great school with great people. There are so many courses that are offered. The class sizes range from as small as 20 people in a class to a large as 5 hundreds of people. There is also not just one way of teaching, rather there are different teaching techniques varying from professor to professor.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are many career opportunities on campus for UCSB alumni. There are internships and other means of career services at the career services office.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UCSB has several facilities that can be used towards Health & Safety. I'll start with those involves with safety. The most important safety tool you can use are Community Service Officers (CSO's). If you ever need someone to walk or bike with you because you feel unsafe for any reason, you can simply call the CSO office and one will bne sent over to take you to your destination. I'm not sure what is the limit of how far they'll go to take you, but don't be afraid to call and try. UCSB also has an announcement service that will send you an email talking about campus crime. It will provide information on when and where the crime took place, the nature of the crime, and a description of the criminal. Basically, it's exists so that justice can be helped. Now on to health. UCSB has Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) that you can use in case whenever you feel emotionally unstable. You can also take a friend during a session if it helps you. There is also a health center that acts as your traditional doctor's office or clinic. Also, as a side note, in case you ever need a condom simply walk into the bathroom at the Student Resource Building and take what you need. Lubricant is also provided in the Women's Center (also in the Student Resource Building).

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For one, the list of courses one could UCSB is very long, so you can almost guarantee yourself that you'll find something that you need, are interested in, or just want to try out (I, for example, am learning Russian, even though my family isn't Russian). However, though I haven't heavily dealt with this, conflicted classes can vary in degree of conflict, for example, waitlists can be as long as 3 people or 200 people. In the same manner, Class sizes can vary from 25 to 300. Personally, I prefer the smaller classes because there is almost no effort needed to get to know your professor and vice-versa.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Your experience absolutely depends on the people living on your floor mainly. I highly suggest you find the cheapest housing you can as you have to live there for 9-10 months, if you're looking to save some money. However, I absolutely DO NOT RECOMMEND living in the Santa Catalina Residence Hall. I highly suggest any other residence hall. Santa Catalina is a half-mile away from the UCSB campus. It's a good 20-30 minute walk to campus alone. Although having a bike would make the trip easier, it would just be easier to live in any of the other residence halls. I believe the San Miguel Residence Hall is the most convenient of them all, simply because it is the closest to Storke Plaza, the center of UCSB's campus, so everything is very close from there. All residence halls have a lounge on each floor (possibly more depending on the residence hall). Each lounge is like a living room, as well as a kitchen. Be warned, the fire alarms are in every room and you will be charged for setting one off, even if it was an accident. Also, depending on where you live there will either be a communal bathroom, where there are 3 showers, 1 bathtub/shower combo, 3 toilet stalls, and 4 sinks, on each floor, or there will be a single bathroom shared between a number of people. The housing process is fairly easy. You choose your top seven picks for where you'd like to live and what type of room you'd like to live in. You then take a questionnaire in which you answer Yes, No, or Don't Care. These questions are there to help pick out a prime roommate for you. However, if you know someone attending UCSB and you both wish to room with each other, you can type in each other's Perm # (permanent number, basically an ID number).

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UCSB has a reputation for being a party school, and it lives up to that. Often, people will work hard and play hard. However, you will almost never deal with the actual parties as they are almost always going to be in Isla Vista, a city that is a 5-10 minute walk from Storke Plaza (what I believe is the center of the school). You will most likely be dealing with people coming back from parties, who are drunk (some of which are underage) or under the influence of drugs. Even so, these contacts will usually be within your resident hall (or apartment) and will be short and sometimes funny. Beside all this, the overall mentality of the students here is very modern, in that it is very accepting and open. There are many groups available for many different types of activities. For example, there are the usual fraternities and sororities, as well as some religious groups and racial unity groups. Also, most professors I've had are very helpful and will provide many resources to help you achieve. Homework here is almost like that of what you might get in high school, lighter even. You might have about an hour or two of homework per day, but you'll always have time to get some R&R. Also, because of the quarter system here, make sure you do every bit of homework you can, because often there will be only a handful of homework assignments per quarter, so not doing some assignments can really hurt your grade.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports here are overall good in their respective division.

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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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