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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: While I am enjoying my experience living in my dorms, I would prefer having an off campus apartment with having a kitchen so I can cook my own meals. It is also more convenient and will give me more space and privacy.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love how we could easily order food at 2 in the morning while studying for midterms. Silvergreens is really great in that it offers healthy food such as salads delivered straight to your dorm late at night.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I really enjoy all my classes. My chemistry professor Scott Price has been my favorite so far. He is so smart and a fantastic teacher.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Some days, it can be foggy, but most of the time it is bright and sunny.

5 College Freshman

Administration: They are fairly lenient about drinking in the dorms, but if they believe that you are being unsafe, there will be consequences.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Being in the College of Creative Studies, I have access to their computer lab on campus which is very convenient, but I wish there were more places with free printing and a faster wi-fi.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: It is so beautiful in Isla Vista. I enjoy having the beach right by my school. The food places in Isla Vista are great. Just an easy bus ride away is State Street. There are so many stores and restaurants there. Overall, its fantastic living in Santa Barbara.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is so difficult to get financial aid here. I am still struggling to find any.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Santa Catalina dorms and I love it so much. I love the suite style rooms.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been rapes and stabbings going on near campus, but I have always felt safe at UCSB.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's just like everywhere else. If you look for it, you will find it, but no one pressures you into it. You do not have to partake in it to be social. We have a bad reputation, but the reality is that we are just a more social campus. We love being social and having parties. Because Isla Vista is a unique town PURELY made up of students, there will often be parties to go to every weekend.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Majoring in Biology is hard. It's very challenging, it includes a lot of work, and it can really stress you out. It is very worth going through in the long run though. I am not worried about job availability. Plus, there are so many opportunities to get internships, jobs, and be part of clubs.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It sounded great when I heard that FAFSA covered all of my tuition and that I only had to pay for housing. Housing, though, is veryyyyyy expensive and I have to work a job to help my family out. A lot of people have to take out loans just because of housing. Health care is also expensive, but you can waive it, which works for most people.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is safe on the train, but it's expensive. The greyhound is relatively safe but sometimes it stinks and weirder people get on it. Also, you have to take a bus and then walk a mile to get to the greyhound and your ticket doesn't guarantee you a seat which kinda sucks. There are tons of pages where people rideshare which is great, but always be wary of strangers. The airport does not have commercial planes, making it very expensive and I don't know of anyone who has ever used it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It could be better but a tip to all the freshman: the best dorms are all except manzanita and santa catalina. Everything is pretty clean. You will always find gross people but that's not going to be any different at any other school and besides, house keeping checks that nothing is too bad. The freshman dorms are the most social while manzanita and san rafael have upperclassmen who are less worked up about meeting new people. Everyone is nice though, and the myth is 100% true: work HARD and play hard.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: IV has the absolute best party life because you can find ALL kinds of parties: big outrageous parties, kickbacks, get-togethers, and substance-free ones. The only thing missing is better food. The food in IV is average- not bad, but not awesome.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The beach is literally 500 ft. away from most dorms and apartments on average. It never gets too hot or too cold. There is no place on earth that has better weather.

4 College Freshman

Technology: I don't know where all of them are but apart from the library, there are tons in the Phelps and the Psychology buildings. There really shouldn't be any excuse for not having access to one.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I feel like it's the best decision I have ever made because I can compete at the school. Majoring in Biology is difficult but there is no "easy way out" if you are going into a major that will has careers with available jobs in them. My career goals are to go into medicine and if I graduate successfully, I should be fine because this school is prestigious.

3 College Freshman

Majors: It's the same application for all UC's. I believe there is not exact formula that will tell you how admissions work because they are all very weird. However, I had a very good idea of what schools I would/wouldn't get into. The UC's did not surprise me, although the Cal States did. Don't forget that if you are given the option of being wait-listed, go out of your way to actually apply for the wait list, I did, and got into UCD.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There is a variety of internships as long as you are willing to put in the effort in finding an internship.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are plentiful labs that are open to students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in Santa Catalina, I am most annoyed by the distance I have to travel in order to go to my classes. The community of Santa Catalina makes up for the distance as the community is very friendly.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There is a perfect balance between academics and social life as the school promotes both areas in forms of clubs.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are variety ways of receiving financial aids in which faculty are always willing to provide assistance. However such aid is not available to all students as there are requisites that leave a decent amount of student without any aid.

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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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