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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a cornucopia of amazing local restaurants located right off campus in the small college town of Isla Vista. While some places may be a little bit pricier (due to its setting right next to UCSB and the beach), the town also holds a lot of inexpensive chain restaurants, such as Subway, 7-Eleven, and the Habit. They always offer student discounts, especially during Dead Week and Finals week. There are many ethnic food places as well so that there is a great variety, and they are all located within just a two minute walk from campus.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The school has a lot of greenery, with a lot of lawns that students can relax on and play sports. The athletic center is well-equipped. The campus offers a wide variety of activities that students are able to attend on a daily basis.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The courses are very interesting in the Feminist Studies and Black Studies Departments. All the professors I have had here have been very kind and considerate. They really care about the students and are passionate about what they are teaching. I like that there is a mix of large lectures and small discussion based sections that students must attend.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There is a very high percentage of students who are employed right after a Bachelor's degree, and many pursue a higher degree afterward.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I think UCSB offers a wonderful housing community. The workers are all very friendly and they really try to make it feel like a welcoming atmosphere. 7 out of the 8 dorms are all also located on campus, which are very close to lecture halls and the UCEN. You are guaranteed housing as a first-year, and second year if you make the deadline.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: While it is extremely easy to find parties because of the college town located adjacent to campus, it isn't prevalent on campus. I think the best parties take place off campus in apartments of college students. I think the party scene could be positive because it allows students the opportunities to unwind after a stressful week but it could be detrimental to their health if they go overboard.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, but I would like to have one. I would like one because I want to have experience heading into grad school after college. It would also be nice to know if this career path is right for me. I do have concerns about finding one though because I am generally very busy. I worked on campus as a web manager for the Residence Halls Association.

4 College Junior

Majors: I applied through the general UC application, which is pretty normal. I didn't run into any difficulties. I think the most important criteria for admissions was the GPA, extra curricular activities, and essay. I would suggest that people start on their applications during the summer before their senior year. It's good to start early.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For freshman, the dining commons are a great way to go. However, it does get old after the first year.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am not eligible for financial aid so I did not apply. But I heard many ends of the spectrum, some say it is difficult some say it is not.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Santa Barbara has a great atmosphere both downtown and near campus. There are so many things to do and things to see. There are things for everyone to do- from hiking to shopping.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I met all of my friends through the resident halls. It was a great experience, and am happy that all freshman live in the dorms. It has a great social atmosphere!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great food and many are open very late. Student discounts are pretty unheard of though.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a $2000 scholarship for performance but only got $666 of it. When I changed my major to Ethnomusicology I lost all of the rest of it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining commons are pretty terrible other than Carrillo but the Ucen and Arbor are great.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved in it so I'm not really sure how it is.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Santa Barbara is very close and is a beautiful cultural city. There are many beautiful close beaches to go to, and the mountains are very close by car.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I applied as a performance major, but the switch to Ethnomusicology was painless and stress-free.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The Ethnomusicology program has brilliant professors in the top of their fields. Many of them also teach the music that they study.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Ethnomusicology is absolutely amazing here! A number of great groups with brilliant professors.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are great! The only thing that has bothered me is how courses will change in difficulty from one professor to another. It would be nice if they could always use the same curriculum.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you want to party any day of the week, you can.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Read reviews online before going to look places.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The social atmosphere is great, but the facilities are pretty terrible depending on which housing you live in. The meal plans are less than good as well.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Soccer is huge! The Gaucho Locos are an incredibly fun fan club to watch games with.

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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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