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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The quality of the instructors at UCSB is unparalleled. Enthusiasm, passion, and expertise emanates from the faculty, and an engaged and active class isn't difficult to maintain with these characteristics. The class sizes are reasonable, and only the prerequisite or pre-major classes have a few too many students.

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3 College Senior

Administration: The campus has continuously gotten more and more strict. In many situations, tne strictness can be seen as being slightly unreasonable (such as noise violations) however in others, justified.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Personally, I'm a fan of the housing options at UCSB. The on-campus housing is affordable, and off-campus housing's freedomand variety is great. The costs and landlords associated with off-campus housing are terrible, but in most situations worth the struggle.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Parties do have a positive impact on the overall student experience. They have lessened substantially in the past 3 years and the scene is more or less dormant at this point.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Alot of lines at financial aid.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Go freebirds! Go Naan Stop! Go Bagel Cafe! I still dream about you.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks love being Greek and enjoy their lifestyle, but often are seen as cliquey.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Read about the scholarship options and actively talk to administrators. When I didn't have the funds to participate in a program they found the funding for me and I was able to participate in the program I wanted to do.

5 College Senior

Academics: I had a small major with intense coursework, but I loved it. It has prepared me for Graduate school and allowed me to study in Washington DC, Paris and London.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I worked for Housing and Residential Services in my time at UCSB and I know first hand the effort put into keeping students safe and comfortable. Many of the older residence halls have been remodeled and the new ones are true quality. I could hear the ocean from my room two years in a row! Manzanita is my favorite, but not for freshman.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Our campus is completely safe, but Isla Vista is less safe and during events like halloween unsafe.

5 College Senior

Campus Food: The dining commons have fantastic food. My favorite will always be DLG, but Ortega for breakfast and the sundae bar. Occasionally, it gets repetitive if you eat at the same one too often. I miss not doing dishes, because leaving a plate on a conveyer-belt was so awesome.

3 College Senior

Administration: UCSB does its best to keep students safe and happy.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Go Gauchos! Ole ole ole ole!

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is here and everyone is accepted here. We like it that way. We are just happy people.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: We have our own beach. The campus is beautiful with lots of outdoor spaces. It is an overall friendly and safe campus.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Watch out for landlords and look for off-campus housing early. Isla vista is a wonderful community-oriented place to live, but it is not without its problems. Issues with Isla vista range from bike theft to high rent.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: This is the best school I could have imagined. I was able to hike in the mountains and lay on our own beach in the same day after class. The academics and the extracurricular options are excellent. The facilities are new and kept up well. This is not a school for the easily distracted, but if you can do things in moderation and keep balanced it can give you the best years of your life. There's a reason outgoing Gauchos still reminiscence about their days at UCSB.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: UCSB has a wide variety of academic quality. I chose this school for the College of Creative Studies, which I can say was a great decision for pursuing physics. My instructor is just an instructor, he is completely devoted to teaching and guiding us at the beginning of our physics careers. Never have I not gotten a response to an email within 10 minutes. The sciences and engineering departments are quite stellar. However, the math department leaves much to desire, physics students don't get priority enrollment for required math classes, whereas economic students do?

I am also majoring in trumpet performance, and from my experience and many others, the music department is a mess. The faculty is in a civil war and not much is getting accomplished. They have great teachers individually, (Grant Hungerford is great), but politics simply get in the way. They are trying to become a chamber program, which in my opinion is only good for strings. Brass, woodwind, and percussionists don't have much option in chamber music (compared to strings), and at the university, the brass quintet, is now a brass quartet, since there is no tuba. Sure, there are also instrumental groups (flute, trumpet, clarinet, trombone ensembles), but with part time faculty, the brass groups struggle to find members. There is one trombone major (3 in the ensemble). There are 3 trumpet majors, only 5 allowed in the studio, and 4 in the ensemble. As far as trumpet ensemble music goes, you typically need at least 6 players to cover anything decent.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If there's something you want to eat, it's available in IV and within a 3-15 minute walk (depending on where you live). Plus, for finer dining, downtown Santa Barbara is only a free 20 minute bus ride away (bus stickers are available at the start of every quarter).

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Way too middle class for financial aid

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: They're okay. Look all the same you have to look for the real gems.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Hazing is dumb and it's bad

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's okay not bad at all

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The UCSB campus is amazing. I mean, it has its own lagoon...

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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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