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3 College Junior

Athletics: We have a soccer team that were champions once, although we do not compete on that level, soccer games do draw big crowds (especially the games vs Cal Poly) and a huge amount of spirit, since we do not have a football team. Our other sports are getting better, but overall athletes are not "elevated" the way that other schools are.

Conversely, intramural sports are big. A lot of people make friends by joining intramural soccer teams, and there is a variety of options of classes at the gym, like martial arts classes, that I have participated in and enjoyed.

The gyms in my opinion are fine, but of course people complain about overcrowding. I am not a weightlifter but I've been in the weight rooms and they seem well-equipped. We have two. We also have a rock climbing wall, a rink for indoor soccer, several soccer fields, volleyball courts, racquetball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, a swimming pool, a diving pool, a jacuzzi, and a shallow wading pool, and other stuff.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCSB is a great school. It wasn't my first choice, but I have ended up happy here. I did take time off after my first year because I didn't fit in and I was having a hard time coping, so it was affecting my mental health negatively. Since recovering I've been able to come back a more confident person and have a better time being here.

It's easy to fade into obscurity, especially if you are introverted and you are not of the "work hard play hard" mentality. Some of us just like to work hard, and not play, at least not in the same ways other people do. I'd meet really smart kids in my classes, and they would party on the weekends--something I don't like to do. I had to join a lot of clubs to meet people with the same interests as I do.

I would choose UCSB all over again if I could, if I still got into the same schools.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's amazing to be at a wonderful place with awesome people. It would be the best if it weren't so south and if there weren't oil spills around our beaches.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Students find helpful resources for work. Alumni are very helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sometimes it feels uneasy because of the history of the campus. But we are moving in the right direction.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Could be cheaper but ehh. Beach views are so worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: People don't really like some of the frats and sororities.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Could be better, some racism on campus.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They have job fairs and stuff

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety overall looks really good. People would just leave their doors wide open so that gave me the feeling that the area is safe.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Just transferred to the school and I have had topics and how to get started explained to me, but it was a bit more complex than that. I have been struggling a little bit and now will be taking summer classes. When I have called, they have been helpful. Haven't really taken a class there yet, but they are huge lecture halls so not sure how one on one that can get.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSB is the friendliest school I have visited. The academics are great and I love my professors, but support staff are generally unhelpful.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Actuarial science has amazing recruiting; I can't speak for any other majors. Career services is very helpful.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime is common in IV and cops seem more focussed on ticketing people for sitting on curbs than curbing sexual assault.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good location, waaaaaaayyyy to expensive. IV is more fun anyway.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek organizations are usually the center of parties, but UCSB is bigger on normal house parties.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are not very important to UCSB. We get our kicks elsewhere.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The location is perfect, the academics are excellent, and the parties are legendary, but the administration is frustrating.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I never go to office hours and you all should! I am going to start making a bigger effort so that I can have reccommendation letters for pharmacy school... The quality of courses/professors is pretty much how you would imagine it be.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I get off campus (IV) crime emails quite frequently about rape or theft and for that is why I decided not to live in IV.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live in the University Apartments that are brand new and it's amazing! The only complaint is that if you can't afford parking, don't like walking or biking then it's kinda far and might have to resort to the free bus with a bus sticker on your access card.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: As a transfer I rushed to join the Greek Life but didn't stay in the sorority. At this point I wish I stayed but it is sooooo expensive! I think it's definitely worth the experience and plan on rushing again as a senior!

3 College Junior

Athletics: I have only been to the soccer games so I can't speak on the athletic department as a whole.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: As a transfer student, having that big group of friends isn't easy to come by when you're the type of person to not just befreind anyone. However, I have nothing but good experiences from being around the campus. The dynamic of social and studious life is right in one spot and am able to get the full college experience. I'm a sucker for a nice view and this is the perfect area to explore beautiful locations. The rigor in the classroom varies by major and professor, but despite the talk, this is a university so don't expect to just get good grades without sweat and tears here and there... Overall, if you want the full experience but also be at a high ranked school then this is your place.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: crimes always happening really every anyone getting caught

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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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