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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of options, including vegetarian ones, and a good deal of variety.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's convenient and fun, but not very affordable.

3 College Junior

Majors: Some majors are very impacted and its hard to get classes, but if you come in with credits and a plan of what you want to take, then you should be fine

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots to choose from in IV. Whether you want pizza, subs, burgers, salads, rice bowls, italian, bread bowls, sushi, candy, frozen yogurt, or a donut, IV has almost everything

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Depending on what kind of party youre looking for, there is always something going on in IV!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Kind of expensive, and you really have to put effort in to get a really great place. Finding a spacious, cheap, home/ apartment with a great landlord is hard to come by, but do your research and dont just take the first place because it looks good

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The campus is somewhat located far from dining options outside of school and there are not that many options.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics department always has a lot of support from the rest of the students at school. People very often show school spirit and that they are proud to be UCSB students.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek students have specially designed home outside the dorms. They are usually seen as the ones who create the social atmosphere both on campus and outside.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is strict but not to the point where they are completely controlling every aspect of the student's lives. Strictness is more on the basis of keeping students safe.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall I feel very safe in the school. I prefer not to go out too late at night as that is when most of the parties go on. However I know of I'm alone and need someone to walk with me I can call a safety escort.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus food here is good. There are usually many options for everyone and there is a lot of variety.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The school has many areas where it can be very relaxing and peaceful to do homework or simply sit and relax in between classes. The library is very helpful when studying for midterms and finals as it provides a quiet environment to work.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is some off-campus housing but there are many students at the school who want that housing which may make it difficult to actually get it.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I only applied for fafsa and the cal grant and with that financial aid I was able to cover most of my expenses. While college is very expensive I feel there are many financial aid and scholarship opportunities out there, the point is to go out and look for the ones best suited to you.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: My major is biology and there are many people at this school who also share this major. While it may seem like that means more competition, I've found it very nice because if I have any questions I can always ask someone who shares the major. Also the school is right next to the beach which is the perfect setting for a bio major.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Isla Vista is the main place for off-campus housing. It's a very nice community, full of restaurants but it's very unsafe.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't mind people being part of the greek life. What I do mind is them coming late at night disrupting our sleep with thier loud nioses.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: The people in UCSB are mostly friendly. Therefore, the people they hire to become RA, for example, are EXTRA polite.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I've heard there are many internship opportunities that I am definately willing to apply in the future. I really want to gain experience in the field I will major rather than do it for the money.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UCSB has a great quality of network. It is a well known school and is respected highly in academics.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never heard of any sexual assaults of a friend occurring on campus. Isla Vista seems to be more of a problem because of alcohol abuse leading to sexual assault.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love the recreational center! It is beautiful and has a great variety of workout equipment. Other than it being very crowded in the MAC center, it's a great workout area.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of dining options. However there are a lot of pizza places. There aren't enough healthy options that are reasonably priced.

3 College Freshman

Administration: There is the right amount of strictness in the dorms and academically. However, parking seems impossible to find for a guest!

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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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