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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's a college town. It's as if we live in our own bubbled community. Students are always walking around at night partying so I'm never concerned about walking alone. The cost isn't as bad relative to what other UC students from other schools have to pay so I'm not complaining.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: People are really friendly on campus. You can easily make friends in class and around campus. This is one of my favorite parts about UCSB- the ability to make friends or be friendly with people you didn't previously know.
The guys are quite attractive. There is a big working-out culture on campus; the Rec Cen is full of some beautiful young men! A lot of guys are into working out, but being active is really the most important.
The same goes for the women of UCSB.

Brand name clothing is hardly a big deal here. Rather, it's more important that you look good in whatever you're wearing. So those $140 Citizens and marc Jacobs purse are not necessary. Along with the work out culture, one of the typical uniforms for girls is lulu leggings, nike frees, and a tank top. The other uniform is boots, leggings, and an chunky oversized sweater. No one needs to look put together or classy; this is causal beach town! But people still dress in almost every stereotype imaginable, and that's just fine.

There is definitely a hook up culture at UCSB which tends to go hand in hand with the party scene. If that's your thing, you might feel like a king/queen here. If not, as long as your comfortable with your decision/values, people won't really bug you. However, you might feel disappointed and lonely if the person you really like just wants a hook-up.
Dating, as in going on dates, is pretty rare. Relationships often develop from constant hooking up between two people.
Pro-tip for guys: ask a girl on a real date. It will surprise them and they will be intrigued.

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4 College Senior

Administration: There is NO free parking on campus, and they WILL ticket you. But not a huge deal as most people bike or walk to class.
Visitors are allowed to spend the night at all times, except for Halloween time, though I sneaked some friends in. If you're caught underage drinking, they make you take a $150 course, but don't tell the police or your parents. If you are caught off campus by a police officer, they do have to call your parents. Class attendance is teacher-dependent; sometimes people only show up for the midterms and finals. Other times, the professor takes roll.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses are a good option but not very convenient when going shopping. Taxis think we own a mansion next to the beach, this is one of the disadvantages about living in a very touristic city, there are many tourist and few taxis which drives the taxi prices through the sky.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Housing is more reasonable in costs and there are lots of options.

4 College Junior

Diversity: School is very diverse which has allowed me to learn more things about other cultures and also learn that ethnicity plays a minor role in a successful person.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is so good, and the quality is the best! The price is what prevents me from eating there, $12 a meal!!! It is 40% higher than equivalent option off-campus. I dislike the fact that so much food is wasted after meal hours, they throw the food instead of reducing the price of the food so more students like me can eat there. Allocation of resources in dining halls at UCSB is not the best.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Police prevents many bad endings with drunk students. I really like the fact that paramedics and the police work so effectively every single day at UCSB. I wish students were smarter in their drinking and drug use so I would not hear and ambulance every single night!

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Plenty of fraternities that throw parties but I think most of them lack seriousness in the academic aspect and leadership.

3 College Junior

Technology: Computers are crowded where more needed(Library), and wasting energy in the computer labs. I wish the allocation of the computer resources was more efficient. Printing on campus...I do not like the fact that I have to waste 15 minutes or more going to specific places where printing is "free", I am already paying a lot for tuition and I cannot print at the Library for "free"?It is frustrating when I am studying in the zone and I need some printed formulas sheets or manuals.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Goleta is a great college town and the neighbor Santa Barbara is good too. Santa Barbara was everything I was needed so far.

3 College Junior

Administration: Strictness is ok. I wish there was more strict rules about noise, drinking and drugs. It is hard to control and 18000 students population though.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus seems like a cool thing, according to several friends you make lots of friends. However it is a terrible investment since the prices are significantly higher specially for students with high amounts of students and parents loans like me, reason why I never lived of planned to live on campus. I just cant afford to pay 20% more for housing just because I want.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Dining is great, we have the same variety as a small city. Cost makes it attractive and convenient when compared to the absurd cost of On-Campus Dining.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid process was very efficient. It was clear and fast. Information was precise and on time. I just wish the amount of scholarships would be more and the students loan would be way less.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Facilities and aesthetics are awesome. I will never get tired of seeing the lagoon, Stork Tower, and the pacific ocean. Library is the best place to study, it is very encouraging to study next to so many other dedicated students, and if I need a break I can just walk to the window and humble myself by observing the majestic pacific ocean.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Isla Vista environment is very college friendly. The campus is beautiful and being able to see the ocean is very relaxing. The actuarial program at UCSB is actually the only program in California that prepares students to become actuaries.

4 College Junior

Academics: Workload is tough, curriculum is tough, internship and job opportunity are hard to get only because the requirements are hard, but, hey!, difficult things make great people. One of the most unique things about being in an actuarial science is that even though you are at UCSB you have no time to party if you want to graduate, which shows me the level at which the curriculum wants actuaries from UCSB to go out and do high quality financial analysis, accurate valuation of securities, and less risky investments. I am very glad that I know I am being challenged at UCSB for my own almost immediate benefit when I start working in my profitable and interesting career.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Proffesors are good, they try their best so that we can learn concepts in creative, fun, and effective ways. The curriculum is quite optimistic, I wish I could learn many of the topics covered more in depth specially the curriculum of some classes like computer science that are required for jobs as an actuary.

4 College Junior

Weather: I like to do things outside like playing basketball and soccer, and being able to have a nice weather during the whole year allows me to do those things each quater.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: from what I hear it's okay

4 College Sophomore

Academics: good, but i just declared so i don't know much yet

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: very fun, lots of big and small parties

4 College Sophomore

Administration: not too strict, but strict enough

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Wish there was more majors, but we do have the basics. no business.

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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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