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5 College Junior

Transportation: Most people just bike or walk to get places and enjoy the beautiful weather and ocean air. However, if people need to get out of town, most take the bus or have friends that lend them their cars.

5 College Junior

Diversity: You'll find all kinds of people at UCSB. Students here embrace diversity, and are very accepting and tolerant of people's beliefs, races, sexual orientations, etc.

College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid so I wouldn't know what the process is like.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Students at UCSB don't need to join Greek Life to have a vibrant social life. Nobody cares if you are in a frat or sorority or not.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: What makes UCSB so unique is its gorgeous location that no other school can compare to. Isla Vista, UCSB's college town, also provides the ultimate college experience that students from all over the nation come to just to experience it for themselves.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: UCSB's Rec Cen is a beautiful facility with lots of workout equipment and a great rock wall. Students at UCSB are really motivated to look good, be healthy, and exercise, and come to the Rec Cen to workout. The Davidson Library is a great place to study because of its size. It has eight floors, so it's easy to find a suitable place to study. The view from the windows in the library is also breathtaking, so don't be surprised if you get distracted from your studies when the sun sets.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls at UCSB have a reputation for being super attractive and smart. There are all kinds of people at UCSB but people tend to dress relaxed and beachy during the day, and casual sexy at night. The culture and location here reflects the way people dress and present themselves.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: UCSB is one of the top party schools in the nation BUT is also one of the best public schools in the nation. That being said, students here know how to work hard and be productive, but also know how to socialize and have a good time.

5 College Junior

Weather: UCSB is famous for having the best weather. After all, our front yard is the ocean and our backyard is the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most students at UCSB live in Isla Vista, the small one square mile college town right next to campus. There are quiet blocks and more rowdy blocks in IV, so people often select housing based on noise levels. Isla Vista is right next to the beach so although it can get rowdy at times because of parties, it remains in a beautiful location with lots of diversity and always activities to do.

5 College Junior

Academics: Global studies is an interesting major because it is one of the only programs that emphasizes current events. It is interdisciplinary so it integrates all kinds of social sciences into one.

5 College Junior

Academics: This school is amazing and is famous for having multiple professors who are Nobel Peace Laureates.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: There are two bars right next to campus other than that then we have to go downtown.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's very high pricing and not that much of variety.

4 College Junior

Technology: I wish the computer labs were open longer and they should offer us more free printing or at least give us a way for us to know how much we have used throughout the quarter.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It;s pretty good but after a while they become all the same.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: We are a very green campus and we try to offer something fro everyone.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: We have three gyms and the beach right next door.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I need more financial aid.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I never felt unsafe in Santa Barbara especially on campus.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I loved my 1st year residence hall experience. This school offers a bit of everything, social, academics and personal freedom right by the beach.

4 College Junior

Academics: Although it is not disciplined, it offers me different ways to explore everything I am learning. For example, I can travel and see hand in hand what I am learning about in a book.

4 College Junior

Academics: They offer a variety of different classes that always challenge you.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The dinning commons are great. They all have their own style and every dinning common is known for what food entree they are best at.

3 College Junior

Majors: I can't give a valuable opinion on this.

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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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