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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Isla Vista is town full of college students and of course things get a little out of hand but it is expected. Police and firefighters keep everyone safe as well as CSO's(community service officers).

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Unless you are a part of the team or you are friends with someone on the team, the Varsity sports program is not very popular but the intramural sport program is very popular and is one of the biggest intramural programs in the country!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is terrible on campus, IV is just an awful place to park at and campus parking, you need to buy a parking pass to park which can add on to your tuition.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: finaid.ucsb.edu has everything, and so does the financial aid office.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I feel like my school does not have enough majors to choose from. We don't even have business, which is very popular. Almost all of out majors are impacted and difficult to get into at all. I am majoring in psychology but am interested in social work and that was the only major that will even somewhat help me get a job. If you aren't into science or engineering you might want to pick a different school to be honest.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife is fun for everyone. All of the clubs are 21+, but there are many other options. There are always open parties to go to and most students have friends with their own apartments or houses to hangout at. All of the house parties are walking distance so you never have to worry about drinking or driving. If you do go to clubs, there are buses or taxis always going downtown.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Even though the buses run every half hour, the 24X to downtown Santa Barbara will mostly always be packed. The alternative is taking the 11 which takes half an hour longer because of its constant stops. There is also the problem of the buses no longer running after 11 pm. Students coming back from the greyhound or metrolink have to find an alternate source of transportation.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Location is everything and UCSB has it. It is located right on the beach and has the best weather during spring. It is mainly sunny during early fall quarter and all of spring quarter. Obviously during winter quarter it gets a bit cold and windy, but nothing that people cant handle.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Like most schools, alcohol is present especially at parties. Although alcohol consumption is common the school has strict policies on alcohol and drug consumption and the presence of it on campus. The school does well to inform its students about the dangers of alcohol and drugs and ways to stay safe.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Shopping is a lot of fun on state street. It is bit far from campus but completely worth it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a great experience. The social atmosphere is good as long as you find the kind of people you feel comfortable with.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a few options close to the living communities of students but not a large variety.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The academic and social life are both amazing. It depends on how to balance both and not get lost in just one or the other.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: UCSB campus is actually very pleasant with a very open and friendly environment.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: As a film major I would hope one day UCSB would have more production in its department.

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4 College Junior

Technology: The computer labs are not crowded during the quarter except during midterms and finals. Most people have their own laptops but if you don't have one, you can borrow one.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I just changed my major so i'm still going to see how the global studies classes are.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: UCSB has a variety of programs you can get involved in. It also has lots of job and internship opportunities.

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1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I give this a horrible grade because why party when all you do is get drunk? You don't remember anything the day after, so how could that have been fun. Plus, many girls get taken advantage of.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of choices to eat off campus. From excellent organic places to pizza parlors.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The Dining Halls serve almost always the same food. Sometimes they have something new. The school also has small carts and marts on campus which is useful when you are on your way to class & need something to quiet your hunger.

3 College Junior

Diversity: This is such a multifaceted issue that it's hard to give it a grade that's fair.
Race: with regards to race, UCSB is definitely not the most diverse place in the world. The majority of people I see are Caucasian and Asian, with very few African-Americans. Other races make up a small percentage of the student body. However, on campus there are a lot of ethnic clubs for people of different races.
Acceptance: most people are very accepting here. The majority are respectful of people for being different / of a different race / sexuality / gender.
Economic background: people don't care whether you're rich or poor here. At least I don't!
Religion: the majority of people I know aren't religious at all for the most part, but I've never seen people discriminated against for their religion.
Sexual orientation: we have a QSU and lots of resources for the LGBTQ community.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms are in pretty good locations. They are all next to a dining common which is very convenient.

5 College Junior

Weather: great weather year round. Rarely rains and doesn't last more then a few days.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Friendly and Will Keep You Busy – UCSB seems to have a lot of activities on campus and that allows the students to keep busy and get away from the stress of school work. It is located on the beach so there is plenty to do there. There are also opportunities to go play sports and other outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking. The people there seem to give off a friendly vibe and open to new comers, which is important for an incoming freshman.

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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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