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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's expensive and the selection process can be vexing but I don't think it's worse than any other university.

4 College Junior

Administration: If you're smart about sneaking things, you won't get caught.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining halls have a variety of food but it does seem repetitive at times. At least you don't have to cook or do the dishes.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The RAs put on tons of fun events and the halls are pretty accurately put together to put you next to like-minded people.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: nice variety but nothing is high enough quality to warrent the high prices

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Food and snack options around most parts of campus. Courtyard cafe is hands down the best food on campus.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Quick and easy as long as you stay on top of deadlines and accurate information reported.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My dorm is actually a mile off campus, which may seem like I miss out on a lot but we have our own community out here by ourselves and it's amazing.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration, in the end, is there to protect the students and service them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus food is campus food. There will be some bad and some good.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The best tip I can give is to complete any and all applications that are essential to the process of receiving your financial aid as soon as you can.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Isla Vista is a very expensive place to live but other than university dorms and apartments there is no other option.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: My school is known as a top party school and is very easy to find a party but students still excel in academics.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nachos from Freebirds, buffalo chicken cheese fries from IV Deli Mart, and Blenders are very tasty.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: The College of Letters and Science is not that great. Do not have the best interest for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I really need more financial aid, my family could be considered under the poverty line.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining commons are great but food sometimes does get repetitive. Other on campus option are alright. We have two Subways but no Starbucks, does not make sense.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Other than the small rooms, living in the campus housing was a great experience.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: IV is a fun place to live but it is expensive and not very nice.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Santa Barbara has a lot of nice restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Isla Vista is a great place to meet other kids in college.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is very strict on students to do their best and try to control the use of illegal activity.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am still working on getting my financial aide.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are many different options to eat!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living right next to campus is the best! You can bike to class in under 15 minutes!

2 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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