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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is mainly street parking or you have to pay at a meter.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is clean and average. Great way to meet people.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Great college town, always something to do. Fun and the living is easy.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The prerequisites for the Political Science Major at UC Santa Barbara is relatively easy and short to complete as compared to other fields that require a laundry list of classes to complete to be in the major. It also doesn't require much science/math (which is a plus if you're anything like me!). To get into the pre-major it wasn't required of me to fill any paperwork out. I plan to declare Political Science as my major during my second year, which involves an inspection of course completion and meeting with the programs advisors.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: The Political Science program at UC Santa Barbara is not the most popular, nor the most competitive as compared to other majors at the University. However, if given the chance to re-do it I would still have chosen this school's Political Science program because it is so much smaller and allows students a chance to get to know the fabulous professors UC Santa Barbara employs. My goal is to continue on to Law School and eventually become a partner at a firm (especially in the field of entertainment law). For my particular major, my school is not entirely helpful in finding jobs or internships, but I remain completely optimistic about my major and feel very passionate for it.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I am pretty biased when it comes to ethnic diversity because I went to one of the most diverse schools in California. That being said, the political, religious, and sexual orientation diversity is one of the most diverse communities i've been in. Leaving campus is upsetting because i have to remember not many people are as open-minded as on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Though there is on campus parking lots, the ability to drive and park for class is limited. The yearly permits are costly and the lots are not near every lecture hall on campus. That being said, it is not much of a problem because our community is a biking community. Most grocery stores or anything else need for campus life is within biking or bus distance. As a student we get free bus passes so worrying about parking on campus is for those students who often travel far distances.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a strong influence of under age drinking and drug activity among the students attending UC Santa Barbara as a whole. Fortunately, the campus has multiple check points for incoming freshman to understand the effects of drugs and alcohol. That being said, the substance scene is one of the safest in the state and there is hardly any casualties as a result of said activities.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Some courses are definitely competitive and challenging while others can be a breeze. When it comes down to it though the materials are all given to you and it all depends on what interests you and whether or not you take it somewhere.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Just walk a mile or less and you'll find yourself at a party soon enough

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are lots of opportunities to work with professors and TAs closely on the research they're conducting, which provides another perspective to learning besides your average lecture. Classes are competitive but you'll find your way soon enough.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The nice thing about the healthcare for most of the University of California campuses is that your student fees help pay for your coverage, which includes everything from urgent care to dental. UCSB does have a history of partying so there is a strong police presence here but for the most part the surrounding are is safe and I feel comfortable being on campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: For the most part, everyone is really diverse and friendly. All types and all sorts converge her at UCSB and it helps me to feel very integrated into the school. I feel very welcome here and not at all like an outsider.

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5 College Junior

Weather: The weather is perfect for sun and surf but there really nice cloud cover which is a relief from all the heat back in my hometown.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The three on campus dinning commons are great. The dinning common at the Freshman Towers need improvement.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I was in the Pre-Bio major and it was extremely hard to pass classes. The only people who i saw actually passed their classes were those who took the AP equivalent in High School. Then again Bio is a hard major.

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College Junior

Academics: I am transferring from a community college to UCSB therefore this fall quarter will be my first

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of different ethnic groups but it is mainly white

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are ubiquitous, it just depends on if you want to take them.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great options for vegans and it is all you can eat but the food gets boring.

4 College Junior

Weather: It is BEAUTIFUL! If you're used to SoCal weather, you can be in shorts pretty much all year round. There are a couple of days in which it starts out really cold and halfway through the day you are stuck with a big sweater when the sun is shining bright.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have been a couple of rapes and a few people walking around armed late at night. I would walk from the library to the dorms on the other side of campus late at night and thankfully nothing happened. There are security officers that drive around campus late at night.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Since SB is a beach campus and weather is 70 degrees almost all-year round, many dress like summertime clothes. Many are athletic; SB is surrounded by beach and mountains so people do sports related to the areas, such as surfing, kayaking, hiking, rock-climbing, etc. Social life is pretty active here; there are numerous clubs/organizations, greek life, and activities to join.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There's a wide variety of transportation; Short distance: Campus has many bike paths making biking and skateboarding convenient. SB has good public bus system with buses mostly arriving on time, convenient and free for SB students. Long distance: the SB airport is very nearby for people traveling across the country. Train (Amtrak) is also available for medium distances. Zipcar (carpool) is also available, cheap and convenient.

3 College Freshman

Technology: I mostly use my own personal computer for school work and whatever else I need. i try not to use the school computers too much just because i like to use my own computer and the school ones are always in use.

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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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