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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat in Isla Vista which is community adjacent to the campus. There are a lot of small food places that Santa Barbara is known for and the food is great.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: THere are many opportunities to live off-campus. We have aapartments owned by the school, apartments owned by different companies, and even large houses for rent. Most places are very clean but are over priced.

4 College Freshman

Weather: My campus is located right on the beach and so the mornings and the nights get pretty chilly, which makes goin out at night a lot less appealing. The days are usually beautiful, very sunny but not too hot.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The computers on campus are in great conditions and the network connection is strong. Tech support is great. There many computer labs throughout campus and all are very clean and well kept. There also many printers available on campus. A student without a computer could get their work done relatively easily.

5 College Student

Weather: The weather here is beautiful. Sun is always out. There is always a balance between the sun rays and the cool breeze. And not to mention the fact that there is a beach on campus. This outstanding weather contributes to the positive mood of myself as well as my peers. Santa Barbara is known for its weather and in fact I believe that the weather is perhaps what makes it one of the best campuses in California.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I do not qualify for any aid.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Alcohol and drugs are not allowed in the dorms, but otherwise, they are lenient.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

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

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

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

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

4 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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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