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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSB is a wonderful school. It's beautiful and full of positive energy. I can thrive here and focus on becoming a better human being. Everyone here is kind and helpful. We really are a community, especially after the tragedy two years ago. It is the best of both worlds. We work hard and we play hard.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school. Having the beach as our backyard is an experience like no other. I love being able to bike or walk and the weather isn't too hot or too cold.

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It has been rocky concerning the financial aid department but over all it have been pleasant.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Fantastic amount of resources as well as a beautiful campus. I love being able to bike across campus and swim between classes thanks to the weather.

One of my only complaints is related to a temporary issue: the construction, but I find it hard to complain about new library buildings and a microbiology addition.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The weather is beautiful and the campus is okay, but the microaggressions and subtle racism that exists on campus is unexpected.

10 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Here at UCSB, the environment is very welcoming and friendly. People here are easy to approach and the classes are very intriguing. It is a great place to call my home away from home. There is such a diversity of people and you never know who you'll befriend next.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have only been to freshmen orientation so far earlier this summer, but just that was enough to convince me of the accepting people and the engaging environment.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The campus is extremely liberal, so good luck if you're a conservative in any sense of the word. The weather is great, the community is definitely a place where there's solidarity and unity even within the nearby college community where most of the students live off campus. The Global studies and Sociology department are INCREDIBLE and the professors really care about the students, and are encouraging, open, and willing to discuss anything with students in office hours. I love UCSB.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really enjoy the atmosphere at my school and the college town that it is located in. Everyone tends to looks out for one another.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The weather, environment and academics are amazing. Dorm life is a must for freshmen. Social life will find you one way or another and there will always be a particular group made for you so don't sweat the small stuff about not fitting in.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school because it has an amazing campus and a lot of education and research opportunities.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All I have been a part of is Freshmen Orientation but even just by going to that I can tell how accepting everyone is. I was really nervous about going away from home and starting at a school where I didn't know anyone, but I'm not scared anymore. There is no reason for me to be.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although UCSB was not my first choice in terms of preferred colleges, I've learned to appreciate and enjoy the community within the university as well as find my niche among my peers.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school is definitely more than just a party school. It has a great environment and a great setting! I love UCSB

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although it wasn't my first choice, I am still so happy to attend UCSB. The community is amazing and welcoming. The campus is beautiful and the weather is great. Although the parties and the wild side does get a little overwhelming, there are still many devoted and hardworking students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Santa Barbara is a beautiful school with amazing students. From the moment I walked in to meet my group for orientation I felt a change in my vibe. The students and staff welcome you with open arms and big smile. You can not resist to feel anything else but at home. Besides the cheerful student population at UCSB, this university also has an amazing beach scenery. Giving every student, visitor, or professor a taste of paradise. UCSB also offers a variety of majors and courses to chose from. Although these courses are a constant challenge with a max of two test to define your grade, they do manage to help you grow as a student, an independent individual, and a young adult. My journey at UCSB, although short, has been one of a kind.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the active beach environment, and happy people. The academics don't disappoint me at all as I am sufficiently challenged too.

I'm having the time of my life in an amazing college. I couldn't have ever hoped for more.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I take pride in being a Gaucho and love the friends and memories I have made thus far. People always told me college was going to be the best 4 years of my life and I really did not believe it until I finished my first year at UCSB. Four years is not enough time to spend on the beautiful campus and to learn as much as I have with the wonderful professors and classes offered.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Absolutely love UCSB! Beautiful campus, friendly people and awesome professors!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I couldn't imagine going to school anywhere else

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school has the most beautiful campus in the world! The people there are great and it is a tight knit community. I wouldn't choose any other place if I had the chance to do so all over again.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UCSB has helped me to learn about inclusiveness, and has pushed me out of my comfort zone. It was far from home so I had to learn quick on my feet when times became tough.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I absolutely love UCSB. I love the environment.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the environment of this university and the community. It's very compassionate and caring. Everyone is looking out for your best interest, always wanting you to succeed and it makes finding support so easy around here. This positive and welcoming place makes going to school wonderful

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCSB has it all: spirit, competitiveness, community, and a gorgeous location. It is expensive but you get what you pay for. It is an amazing school and I would not have it any other way.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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