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3 College Senior

Administration: The campus strictness is not so bad. The police force are usually nice

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very knowledgeable in their subject fields. Most curriculum are flexible and very easy to complete. The workload is extremely manageable and I have had no problems with getting A's in my classes. However, obtaining the specified classes you want and the times you want is nearly impossible.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a psychology major and the classes have been very helpful. However, the only thing that would be better is the ability to find clubs where I could meet other people in my major who have similar career goals to myself. I would like knowledge about how to get into grad school and be better prepared for the future.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not too apparent at the University of California Santa Barbara. If you want to do drugs, they are available. However, most students choose to drink or smoke. Hard and serious drugs are able to be found if you want them, however most of the population of the school chooses otherwise.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits are expensive, and Isla Vista May be free but parking is either expensive or scarce.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Mens soccer is pretty big, and everyone knows that our sports teams are good. There isn't always a big turn out, and no Football team.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: On campus mostly I've only seen students smoke. But at the dorms I have smelled weed before; it's not an uncommon thing though. But I'd say that most of the drug scene takes place in Isla Vista. It's huge there.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: This campus offers a variety of different clubs and organizations one can be involved in. The library has many different places to study & is going to be renewed.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: you need to have a meal plan to eat at the dining commons which is overpriced. but the ucenn has subway dominoes jamba juice panda express etc. i wish they had more healthy options

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: there is such a variety of people here at ucsb that you can definitely find a group to fit in and connect with. alot of cute sufers and chillers out in iv

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: off campus housing is cheaper than the dorms and a lot of them are very close to the campus and blocks within the beach. the only annoying thing is that you have to buy your own furniture and pay for water/electricity

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: everything is located in the heart of isla vista. all the restaurants/cafes are close to one another

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are great for first years. For a more social atmosphere dorm in Santa Catalina (FT), although it is the dorm furthest from campus. Distance makes the trip to 8 am classes unbearable. Getting you have to get up early and bike to class in the cold morning is just awful.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: This Campus is very accepting of of cultures and ethnic backgrounds. UCSB is a UC with one of the highest Latino acceptance rates.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are various buses that can take you from your dorms to shopping outlets and even from campus to downtown SB.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are scholarships that the school offers, but you are mostly likely to get more money through government aid

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you are a party person then you will definitely find something. There are all types of parties and if you are not into the party scene there is hiking, rock climbing, bowling, etc

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Everything ran smoothly. When i needed to get an emergency loan and went straight to the office and they helped me figure out what I had to do right away. They were very helpful. I received a decent amount of financial aid but i still had to take out loans to make ends meet.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being that I came from a high school that was primarily Latino, i have to say that this university is very well-rounded. I have met many people of different races and religions and they are all really open-minded people. I do have to say however, I did notice that many people did tend to stick around with their own ethnicity and it'd be nice if there were more combinations. In regards to political beliefs, there too is a diverse outlook. Sexual orientation is also very open and accepted.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of restaurants that makes it convenient for everyone to have a taste of different cultures whenever it is convenient for them. Although there is a great variety, I graded my school with an A since I have not personally gone to all of these restaurants.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is really good. It is a great benefit to have the MTD free to all students. The buses run all the time and are punctual.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is OK. Not a lot of people drive on campus, but there are also not that many student accessible parking lots in convenient places. Parking is expensive, and if you don't pay up the parking enforcement is EXTREMELY diligent, and you WILL get a ticket. No joke, they're everywhere.

4 College Junior

Academics: Being an engineering major at UCSB is awesome. You're dealing with world class instructors, cutting edge research, and you're in the cradle of defense companies who are all eager to give out internships and jobs.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Isla Vista is a college town. It is a square mile packed with thousands of students, and the working class families that run the amenities of the town. That's it. Naturally, it is going to be very different than any other town you have ever visited. It has its ups and downs, but overall the Atmosphere is very supportive of a college environment.

4 College Junior

Academics: I came to UCSB for the engineering program, and I am very satisfied. There are very prominent professors across all fields doing research in some of the most bleeding edge applications known to man. UCSB is rated 7th in the world in terms of Science and Technology research.

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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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