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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid sometimes makes a mistake but that can also happen at other schools

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining options: Expensive even with a student discount (though cheaper than a meal plan), Variety: average (though not many Asian food), Convenience: easy to reach places within a few minutes at least

3 College Junior

Athletics: Soccer is the big thing here.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything here is a bit overpriced so look to spending $8+ when eating out.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Only if you know where you are going then your set. DP basically is mainly trap and house music and the party ends at midnight thanks to the cops. There are frat/sorority parties and multicultural frat/sorority parties which last longer but you usually need to know someone in order to get in or be a girl.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Its like any other college. On campus housing has no smoking, no alcohol policy. They also quiet hours to ensure that people can study.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not really suitable to answer this question since I am not really involved or aware of Greek life.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Since I come from a low income background, Financial aid was enough for me. Plus the school offers you enough loan amounts for you to be able to pay. I suggest you not just depend on financial aid and apply for a lot of scholarships so you do not have to worry about affording tuition, rent and food.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I believe there is a need for more Emergency Blue Lights-Call Boxes throughout campus. The ones we do have look worn out and are very far apart from each other. In my two years here, I only know the location of three of these lights. There is also the problem of lighting within the Isla Vista community. But besides all of these UCSB is fairly safe.I especially like the CSOs, they are students working with the UCPD and they can be called anytime at night and they escort you home.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus was nice, the dining commons was close to the dorms, really convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus strictness at the school is okay, not to heavy but still enforced.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Don't smoke in the dorms- the RAs will bust you. They are pretty strict about being loud past quiet hours too.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus seems to be safer than IV. The biggest crime on campus is bike theft. There are CSOs who can escort you if you don't feel comfortable walking back to your dorm at night.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The chemistry professors are amazing, but the math professors are really difficult. Classes are large for lower division courses (300-800), but they are smaller for upper divs(20-50). Language and art classes are pretty small (~20).

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Santa Barbara is my favorite place in the world! Downtown is beautiful and there's lots of shopping and amazing restaurants (kind of spendy). You can walk around the harbor and there are bike paths everywhere. There are so many waterspouts- sailing, surfing, paddle boarding, etc. There's also an airport right off campus where I took flying lessons!

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You can always find a good party.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: FreeBirds nachos are THE BEST! There are tons of good restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not Greek and it's totally fine. There are tons of parties that aren't thrown by frats. Girls can get into any party whether Greek or not.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Didn't have a great experience personally. Receiving all loans

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Very respected major at my school

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Will definitely be great for me. We also have the best restaurants for those late nights and hangovers.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: School doesn't help in off campus housing. Had to find one with help from my friend who is a 4th year.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not a huge deal on campus but it still has benefits.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Despite the shooting this year, UCSB is an amazing campus

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: It is a school that enjoys a lot of freedom so at times it is difficult to control the school.

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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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