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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a Computer Engineer in the College of Engineering. The workload can get hard at times, but that's just engineering in general. The facilities are great, the professors and instructors are world class, and there are a great amount of opportunities for jobs/internships in the area. The curriculum is designed very well and makes me feel as if I'm being prepared for industry.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are meant mainly for the first year students. Most of the housing is within 1-2 minutes from the beach - many rooms have a great view. However, the options for upperclassmen are limited and many of them choose to live off campus due to cost as well.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most races and religions are represented at UCSB to some degree, but most of the students are white. However, people here are not racist and are open to people regardless of ethnicity or beliefs. There are interest groups and societies for people of different ethnic backgrounds as well. The students are mostly liberal and well known for being open to people regardless of sexual orientation.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Therevare a variety of places to eat and it's very diverse. There are many places that are open very late and some open 24 hours when you need to grab a bite during those late night study sessions or have extreme munchies. Freebirds is one of the most popular places but very expensive.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The dining hall food does get pretty tiring and isn't that great but there are many places to go buy food from. I suggest not getting a huge meal plan because you may not use them all.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: A lot of drinking and smoking goes on. I'm pretty sure you can find almost any drug there with the right connections, but there may be a few exceptions, usually weed and MDMA are very popular.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Voted most attractive campus, because men and women are very good looking, healthy and fit; most dress very nice and exercise routinely. The social life is pretty good, with a lot of clubs and activities to join, plus a lot of parties that are thrown on the weekends. Relationships may have some issues, there is a huge hook up culture that makes it difficult to have long-term relationships but it's not impossible.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: There are a lot of state-of-the-art new facilities on campus. Many dining commons and student housing complexes are also new.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: guys are all pretty chill, and the girls are always hot

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's hard to beat the party lifestyle when you live on the beach. There's something going on every night, and it's never hard to find. Anyone really desperate for a fun time can wander into isla vista and get into some trouble there.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: They are not stupid, they know what is going on as long as you are not beligerent and as long as you are not posing a risk to others or to campus property you are usually fine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Student life is great; there are various ways to get involved with campus groups. The student population is diverse, with different coming from different backgrounds. Food joints and restaurants are easy to get to, and often affordable

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Everyone is incredibly friendly as well as the location is beautiful We live on the beach so everyone is generally in a great mood to begin with. The weather stays a constant 65-85 all year round, as well as low amounts of rain fall. People are easy going and life is always amazing and well-adjusted.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are a huge part of our school. The priority sport we support is soccer. Our games are widely attended by students and we throw tortillas onto the field any time our team scores a goal. As well, our athletic facilities are strongly equipped and adequate for all levels of people.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The campus dining provides 4 different dining commons with each their own special types of food. They change it up every day but after a certain amount of time, some food obviously becomes repetitive. Although, I cannot complain much as the food is buffet style. And if you do not have time to go to the dining commons, there are plenty of small chains on campus to pick up a snack such as Subway and Panda Express

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The nightlife at this school all happens in the college town connected to the University; the town of Isla Vista. People are constantly partying here thursday to sunday nights, and occasionally eve during the week. Crowds of people can be seen walking there night after night.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation at this school is amazing .We have bike paths all over campus as well as paths for runners and skateboarders. As well, we have free use of the Bus transit with our school ID cards.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: If I could do it over I would have started as a history major. My mistake was trying other majors first and not doing what I knew I should have done from the beginning.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I don't really know much of the greek life, other than a party here or there. It was really no impact on my college career at all.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process of getting into the History department was very easy and I had no real difficulties, I just worked too many hours to get good grades.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I loved the History major at UCSB, it was both rigorous and gratifying, didn't help me to find a job though.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: I have not planned on an internship, I believe that unpaid time is a waste and the internships generally don't really give you any relevant job skills.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Years from when I finally graduate, I will always remain a Gaucho at heart. My time here has been the best of my life; great friends, great experiences, and this might be a bit of a bold statement coming from someone who has yet to graduate, but I can guarantee that when you come out of it all, you will leave with unforgettable experiences and you will be truly prepared for the world!

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: Living by the ocean, what else can I say? The weather is pretty much the same throughout the year; sunny and always inviting to go hang out at the beach and play volleyball. During the winter there might be a couple of days when it rains, but not enough to cause any concern.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: This is where Isla Vista shines. There's nothing like Halloween in Isla Vista, or Deltopia. There's such a huge number of people and it's and absolute blast! Don't let the party reputation bring you down though; everyone here knows how to balance both the social life and the rigorous academic curriculum. I think everyone becomes a great time manager over time because of the balance between the two; work hard play hard!

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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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