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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Most students use the bus if they need to travel off campus. A car is not necessary it is just nice to have.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although Isla Vista can get quite rowdy and scary on the weekends, UCSBs campus feels very safe. Student Health is great!

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In Isla Vista there are several unique restaurants that will fill anything that you have been craving.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: With the beach in your backyard, Isla Vista as your neighbor, and downtown just a short drive away, Santa Barbara is a very vibrant community to go to school.

5 College Student

Diversity: UCSB has a diverse student body with students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Transportation: MTD buses run fairly frequently, and there are well designed bike paths across campus.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Technology: I believe it would be very difficult to be a good student at this school without a personal computer.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Student

Majors: I am currently planning on switching my major so I don't have much to comment on.

4 College Student

Majors: Some majors require classes to be taken before declaring them, but this has not been an issue.

3 College Student

Athletics: The athletes gym is inaccessible to the average students, and the common gym is average.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Student

Weather: Santa Barbara weather is extremely pleasant with a Mediterranean type climate.

5 College Student

Administration: Campus is not very strict, the school accepts that college students will party.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of good restaurants in Isla Vista, price can be steep though.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus, Isla Vista can feel a bit more dangerous at times.

4 College Student

Academics: So far I have not decided my major, but the classes I have had been excellent.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Isla Vista can be a bit dirty as it is the "student ghetto", it is very lively and entertaining though

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Student

Local Area: Santa Barbara is a beautiful city that I grew up in, visit the beaches.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Go to the financial aid office in person, it is incredibly helpful.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't party but from what I see and here the parties here are great.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My experience was rather difficult because I decided not to ask for help and do everything on my own (big mistake). When I got here, I was told that I was missing some documents for my financial aid to go through. You see, I am technically foster youth so I had to give them my parents death certificates. At the time I didn't know that. I also didn't know about this BARC account and I had some charges left unpaid.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather isn't bad. Its very nice and relaxing.

3 College Freshman

Majors: My major is psychology. I first came to this school thinking that this was the right choice but now im not so sure. I am very concerned about finding a job because I heard that it is not that easy with this type of degree. Im thinking of changing my major to earth science because it interests me more.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: It was fairly easy. I worked hard in high school with a 3.52 GPA. If I was to offer any tips, I will say that you need to really get your things submitted on time and in order. Don't wasn't till the last minute! Oh, and definitely study for the ACTs and the SATs.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is extremely diverse, I didn't expect this at all. Im from LA, so im used to having the majority of my class being Hispanic. Now I see people from just about every ethnicity. There are also a lot of international students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do enjoy my view of the lake from my room, but I don't really get along with the people here.

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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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