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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The options in Isla Vista are extremely convenient but become repetitive. The options in downtown Santa Barbara are less convenient if you don't have a car, but they are worth it.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus and with friends, but there is some crime. Student Health offers very good insurance and is conveniently on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: This school is set on a beautiful location. Its so close to the beach so you get a magnificent view all day. When you get to downtown Santa Barbara, you see many convenient stores architecturally designed in a latin vibe.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a lot of weed and a lot of alcohol, but not many hard drugs. It is a very social atmosphere, but also relaxed, so there is not a lot of peer pressure.

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4 College Junior

Technology: There is wireless access in almost every building, multiple computer labs, and many places to print for free or at a low cost.

4 College Junior

Weather: Summers are sunny, clear, and amazing, and winters are very mild. As it is located directly next to the beach, it is often cloudy in the mornings but clears off by afternoon.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Parties (during the day or night) happen every weekend and often on weekdays. There are bars in downtown Santa Barbara, and Bill's Bus will take you back home until about 2am.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Everything in Isla Vista and on campus is within walking distance. The bus system is very effective, and bus use in the Santa Barbara area is free for students. The train station and the airport are within 10 minutes of driving from campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived on an off campus dorm called Tropicana del Norte. Rooms were much more spacious than on campus dorms, and the cafe was located right downstairs. The building hosted many events that made it easy to be social.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: i never got caught, i know people who did though

5 College Sophomore

Weather: SO AWESOME, basically 75 all year long

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: not much to complain about

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: sucks if you're stuck in a triple, doubles are great

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's awesome if you're into it, if not extremely annoying

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the worst that happens on campus is bike theft

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is biopsychology, not many offer this major, it takes the best of both worlds (social sciences and biological sciences.)

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: The classes are generally very good. Occasional FOB professors.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Santa Barbara is one of the most active and interesting communities I've been to. What do you expect when you can get from hiking trails in the mountains, to strolling around downtown, to hanging on the beach all in a matter of 15 minutes.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I have to work in order to go to school here. It's not ideal but I make it work.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I'm African American and I feel very comfortable at school and in the community. As with any public university though, it is not nearly as diverse as the brochures make it seem.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: Living in the dorms is a very cool experience but you are limited enough that the overwhelming majority of students only live in UC housing their first year.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Imagine a place where you're surrounded by 10,000 kids your age with their own places to live in

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4 College Junior

Technology: Lots of computers that are available for everyone to use in several locations spread across campus

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is amazing. Isla Vista is a town almost entirely made up of students your own age attending UCSB.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many members of the Greek system are very nice and friendly. However some of the people are stuck up.

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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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