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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Extremely stressful. I assumed scholarships and grants would be easier to win but they've proven to be much harder.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in Anacapa but I had a lot of friends in San Nicholas which has an ocean view. Imagine your dorm room with an ocean view, it's killer.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love UCSB. Especially Isla Vista. If you're looking for a great college experience, UCSB is the place to go. Great people, great environment, beach on campus, wonderful weather 24/7, lots of things to do to keep you on your feet.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Majors: I am a third year electrical engineering major at UCSB. Great school and great program, the course layout is pretty straightforward and the professors are great. I would choose electrical engineering every time if I could choose again.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Majors: It was relatively easy to transfer into electrical engineering. All you need is a 3.0 GPA average for the required major classes.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The scenery is beautiful as well as the campus. The party lifestyle grows tiresome and the cost of living is too damn high.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I do not like the on campus dining halls because the menu is limited and continually repeated. All the prep for the meals are the same with the same ideas and seasonings, so everything starts to taste the same. A lot of the food is focused on gluten and there should be more healthy options including more vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free options. Overall, the food is okay. I can't complain about having unlimited food.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: We're ranked as having some of the most attractive students in the U.S. Theres eye candy galore here, if you're into a specific type (athletic, thin). Everyone's super into fitness. Everyone wears flip-flops and shorts pretty much all year round.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Academics: The communication program at UCSB is not what I expected. I am very into the humanities side of communication studies, but the focus is more science based here. That being said, the professors are amazing. I have only taken a few upper division courses in my major field, but they were all very informative, and I have taken something away from each of them. There is a LOT of reading, but it's usually pretty interesting. The comm department has an awesome career fair each year where students have the opportunity to meet UCSB alumni and make valuable connections for their futures.

4 College Senior

Academics: We have great professors. I have taken courses in many different disciplines, and have yet to have a bad professor. Each professor is very passionate about what they teach, and very approachable and interested in talking with students outside of lectures. There's ample opportunity to make lasting connections with professors, despite having a huge undergraduate body of students.

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My first year at UCSB as a transfer student was awesome. Now that I am home for break, I can really appreciate all the school and the people I met this year offered me. I've only been home a week and I miss it already. It's an environment that is really easy to grow to love. This year has been challenging. There have been times where I felt lost, but there were so many people just looking out for my interests and really invested in making sure I was managing and helping me work toward my goals. As a whole, things at UCSB has been difficult for most of us I imagine, following the horrible tragedy. But it was in this moment that I knew I made the right decision in choosing this school. The immense amount of support and understanding from everyone in the community, from students to faculty and everything in between, helped me get through the end of the school year and has really shown me just how amazing of a community we have here at UCSB. I am so grateful to have this opportunity and fully intend to take advantage of every second I have left at this wonderful institution.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Quality: UCSB is a gorgeous school. We have our own beach! Most students (20,000+) live in a mile radius of one another, so there's always something going on. The weather is perfect 98% of the time. There's something different for everyone to do. We have excellent, well-known professors in most majors, and are ranked great academically. There's a great balance of play and work, with plenty of opportunities for internships and assistance in obtaining jobs post-graduation.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Campus Quality: We have an amazing recreation center, with everything anyone could want. There are all sorts of support centers, and safe spaces on campus. There are tons or resource centers. There are stations for free printing. There's awesome places to study/lounge in the sun. The beach is walking distance from anywhere in IV or on campus. Aesthetically, there's nothing more a student could ask for. The food is decent, though I prefer to cook at home. I've heard great things about the dining commons though!

4 College Senior

Administration: For the most part, officers and campus security don't really interfere in the activities that go on at UCSB. Of course there are a few exemptions. For instance, you will promptly be ticketed for drinking in public, and in all cases of arrest or ticketing for underage drinking or public drinking, the school will notify your parents, regardless of whether you're of legal drinking age or not. The CSO's are wonderful. They will meet you at any place in IV or on campus to walk you home at night if you don't feel safe. Overall, when it comes to enforcing policies, UCSB is pretty lenient. All they ask is that the students show respect for the school and the surrounding area and families we share the space with.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid has been difficult at this school. Once I think I have all forms in, I'll be notified to turn in more. The whole process is a bit confusing, and it's pretty much left up to the student to figure things out. This is definitely an area of this school that needs major work.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Local Area: I believe I made a great choice in choosing UCSB, despite its party school reputation. Having just completed my first year as a 21 year old transfer student, I have come to find that though our students indulge a lot, they put just as much, if not more effort into their academics. I have yet to meet a student who does not maintain above a 3.0 GPA. The professors are amazing, and the student camaraderie is more than I could have imagined in a school with over 20,000 students.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academics are great and the location is awesome. It can be hard to find something to do if you're not into partying but it's possible.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most places are open fairly late, but it can be pretty expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I've never seen such a high concentration of hot girls.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: I don't really know since I've only taken introductory math and science courses so far.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Some professors are great, but it seems like the majority are some of the worst imaginable. Registration can also be a pain and it's likely that you won't get a class you need.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The aren't any problems regarding ethnicity or race.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process can be a pain, but I eventually got enough to cover the cost.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: You get tired of it pretty quickly, but it can be surprising sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: First year on campus is great. After that most people move off campus.

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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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