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2 College Freshman

Parking: There is little to no parking on the streets of Isla Vista.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not yet lived on campus, but I feel that it is a bit of a hassle to get started.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: It's sunny and 75 degrees for most of the year. The ocean breeze gets cold sometimes.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Students receive 200 pages of free printing at some of the labs on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a good amount of financial aid and work study.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is visible in the dorms and in Isla Vista at night on the weekend.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food gets old after a while, but it is generally healthy.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I am not old enough to go to a bar, but there are a few in Isla Vista.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty chill because we are on the beach.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life adds to the party atmosphere. There is no real Greek row.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I do not plan on having one because I have a paid job.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is no football team, but people rally around men's soccer.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not personally experienced any crime on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I find the diversity on campus to be very large. Classes always have a variety of students.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Because I chose a major that is not greatly impacted, it was very easy to get into my major. I simply spoke with the adviser for the major and then I just had to wait for my major to be switched.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I greatly enjoy the Japanese program at UCSB. The professors are very kind and are always ready to help students. I have made friends who have been in my classes from anywhere between one quarter and three years.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Whether you want to take a nap between classes or do some research for a paper, there is most likely a place where you can do so on or near campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is an abundance of campus organizations to choose from if you want to get involved. Though this may make things a bit complicated when it comes to reserving rooms for meetings and events, as long as an organization is flexible, everything works out.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not particularly know about the athletics on campus other than that it exists due to a lack of interest in sports but from what I hear,if one were to go to a game at Harder Stadium there is plenty of school spirit.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Due to a recent trip to Japan, I am a bit biased because of how much more convenient the transportation was there.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some days the food is amazing. Others it can be a little lacking. Favorite part of on campus dining has to be late night where the DLG is open past 12pm. Too bad late night isn't available on weekends. :(

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you don't work out, you must be hiding in your room 24/7 because I have never seen you before. Don't get me wrong, there are the occasional trolls but on average people tend to be fit and tan.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: At first glance there is an over whelming number of tall, white, blonde students. Once you start actually meeting people however you would be surprised at the number of people born in exotic countries and that have unusual backgrounds.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school does a lot to try and reduce the risk involved with drugs and alcohol. Campus wide the vibe seems to be "We cant stop you from doing it, so at least do it safely".

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus dining is great especially if you live on the main campus. The Santa Catalina dorms are about a mile from the main campus. They have their own dining commons but from what I have heard, they are subpar. The dining in the other three dining commons is rather good. De La Guerra (or DLG) has very good food with different stations that serve comfort food, soups, cereal, mexican food, asian food, or pasta at dinner. Lunch has one more station open for burgers/grilled cheeses and fries. The shoestring fries at DLG can't be beat. In general every station has a meat option and a vegetarian option. Late-night is from 9pm-12:30am Mon-Thurs which usually includes burgers/grilled cheeses, fries, cereal, hot drinks, and sodas. Carillo is known to be the best on campus dining but is about a 5 min walk from the freshmen dorms so many first years just opt for DLG or Ortega. Menus for the current week and the week following can be found online.

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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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