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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Although I have just declared this major, I would say I am fairly happy with my decision because I enjoy mathematics and statistics very much. I think one negative part of it, as far as I know, is that I would really like to study abroad and because all of the classes for my major are already pre-set, I am not sure whether the classes I take while abroad will be accepted by the department or not.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think athletics is a very big par of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Although we do not have a football team, we have many other varsity sports on our campus. For example, our varsity soccer team is in Division I, and has won many competitions. In addition, many of the students participate in intramural teams as well as sport clubs. Furthermore, many students exercise on a regular bases and play sports with their friends. I believe that as much as 80% of our student body is involved in athletics, one way or the other.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into the Financial Mathematics and Statistics program at UCSB is fairly easy. I simply had to go to the Mathematics department and tell them I wanted to declare this major, and they automatically accepted me as a pre-major. In order to receive a full major status, I need to finish all of the pre-major classes with at least a 2.5 GPA, as long as I pass all of the classes. My program does not have any abnormal application processes to my knowledge, and the tips I would offer for admission to the major would be for the students to get good grades and do well in classes.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had any internships in my career so far. However, I am planning on having internships to gain more experience in my major and job field. Having an internship would greatly increase my ability to get a job, as I would be becoming more qualified with the experience I gain. The only concern I have about finding an internship is that I have not taken classes in my major yet, and therefore do not have any experience. Many internships require experience, which I do not currently have. I have also not had any professional training positions. However, I have worked as a peer student worker in my senior year of high school, but not in Santa Barbara.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I just declared my major, Financial Mathematics and Statistics, the beginning of this school year, which was two weeks ago. This quarter I am taking my first classes based on this major, so I do not have much experience with it. However, I have been to the Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics departments of my school to receive academic advising, and the advisors I have met at all three of the departments were very considerate and helpful. As a part of my career, I would like to work for a big firm or a company as a statistician or a financial advisor, preferably working for an international company. In addition, I would like to have international work experience as a part of my career.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is crime on campus but the school has set up digital alerts and a volunteer police force on campus

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Most of the food from the dining commons is delicious. There's four halls to choose from, so there's a variety of food options, and there's easily accessible ice cream or frozen yogurt in all of them. They did however serve gross tasting mashed potatoes once, and the pad thai was a little gross.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The selection is great; the coastal pricing is bad.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I find there to be rather ample diversity and a simple feel of tolerance. SB's a chill city and the general student population reflects that.

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4 College Junior

Academics: My upperclassmen classes seem awesome. I love that in addition to the lecture, there's smaller discussion sessions. The one underclassmen class I have has 800 people and a ridiculous grading policy- only the top 6% of students get an A. I hate that.

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3 College Junior

Administration: I have yet to experience campus strictness. The only police officer I saw was simply being informative to people who passed about the on campus policies so as to avoid a ticket. Nothing too gnarly so far.

3 College Junior

Parking: I'm usually early to class and haven't had a hard time finding parking.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Immediately when you enter school grounds you have a number of students living on and off campus. The housing off campus is a lot less expensive then dorming. About three thousand dollars less. Because of the proximity of the off campus housing it is a ten or five minute bike ride away. Depending how far you decide to live.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is very diversified. With a huge amount of non local students getting accepted, many students can get a perspective of all the different people out there. Although many of the students are of background, you could see a growing number of latinos, african americans and even asian americans becoming part of the school. it is really easy to get along with everyone. Since they are all nice and laidback.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Honestly having a car at Santa Barbara really isnt that useful. Everyone has bikes and it is way easier to get to classes that way. Parking is generally expensive but thanks to the proximity of the off campus housing you can bike it or even walk to your classes. Ticketing and fines are enforced.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation is quite useful for UCSB students. There is a bus that takes people from the farthest dorm, Santa Catalina, to the campus round about which is centrally located. It is free to use the bus system for UCSB and SBCC students which is awesome. The most frequent bus used is the 24x which takes you straight to Downtown SB. Although the system has been quite useful, there is a possibility that '13-'14 school year, there will be major cuts to bus routes and campus routes due to budget.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: All the food is organic and freshly grown with local production companies. There are 4 dining options which gives you a variety of places to eat. The food is really good and there is also something new. The food tastes like home cooked meals as opposed to k-12 lunch food. There is also the option of take out and snacks and a couple options as to how many meals a day you want and need. Overall, I loved the food.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Nightlife is exciting in Santa Barbara. Isla Vista is the only place you need to go to party. There are constant house parties thursday-sunday almost every weekend. The house parties are accessible and in walking distant by either one house or a couple of blocks down. Going DT SB is perfect on Thursday nights for 21 and up only. There is always some social event happening whether it is halloween or deltopia or the first weekend back to school.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: I received the financial aid I needed; however, there was no helpful tips about how to receive financial aid or go about the process. In order to get grants and aid that was needed, my family and I had to go through a professional financial assistant that was not in connection with UCSB.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The food is not authentic; all the restaurants are Americanized versions, but they are delicious regardless. Most places give you a lot of food for your buck. The establishments are worked mostly by students so the service is hit or miss based on who works there. There aren't many discounts for students, but the stores aren't all that expensive; however, some places really are. There's decent variety and two markets.

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3 College Senior

Weather: The weather is typically cold and cloudy. The hot beautiful days are really spectacular, however. The rainy season in winter is very inconvenient because most people bike around campus; everything gets dirty.

3 College Senior

Technology: There are good computers in all computer labs; however the availability of labs on campus as well as the size of the labs is insufficient. The networks typically work well and are speedy. The school has open access so using the system is simpler.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Every day in Santa Barbara is beautiful, eventful, and a blessing. The campus is surrounded by the beach, the mountains, and the lagoon which are all rich with wildlife. The hiking trails are breathtaking. After living in Santa Barbara for 3 years, I have developed an understanding and appreciation for the environment and the diverse ecosystem. If nature is not your preference, downtown Santa Barbara-- namely "State Street" --has a charming array of shops, restaurants, wineries, museums, and talented street performers. For the night owls, downtown is a lively scene.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: As with many colleges, there is no denying that illicit drug use is prevalent at UC Santa Barbara; however, those that refuse to partake are respected and can enjoy student life without compromising their values. There is strict law enforcement from Campus Security and the Isla Vista Police Department who are constantly on alert and ensure the safety of residents. Whether or not the students at UCSB avoid using drugs, academic responsibilities always hold first priority. Overall, students at UCSB are serious, ambitious, and know how to have a good time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining commons are good at first but by spring quarter you will be sick of them. I know it's probably that we just got used to the food but I'm inclined to say that the chefs got worse as the year went on. Regardless, there are many many options and aside from the occasional night where the dining commons just get it wrong, you'll always find something you're okay eating. Healthy options are there but you have to make an active decision to eat healthy because the dining commons are also full of pizza, carbs, greasy food, and desserts. Overall, not bad, but know that by spring quarter you will probably want the smallest meal plan.

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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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