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Reviews 4014 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The classes that I have taken are challenging but it's part of the experience. The professors are all different so look into what you sign up for.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The Career Services Office is always a great place to visit with questions.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Look into the CSO's who are students who work for the school and walk you home when you feel unsafe.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: In my first year, I lived in the freshman clusters in a triple and was around people all the time. It was a great experience because it is where I made all my friends who I'm living with today. It's a little hectic in the freshman clusters because there is more people per a shared bathroom but you will surely love being around others who are also entering a new stage of their life. My second year I lived in the suites in San Rafael with seven of my friends and it was quaint but the dorm is a little out-of-date but other than that it was quieter than IV.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The people in Greek Life are always friendly and approachable and they're fun to hang out with.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The sport events are always a blast to attend since there is always lots of school pride.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The student life, location, and academics are amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Extremely expensive, but you get what you pay for. The social life in the dorms was better than I could ever ask for. Met a majority of my best friends through the dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The most popular varsity sports are baseball, socccer, and basketball, but are not a core part of student life. Many intramural sports are offered with varying levels of intensity.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You get to live, study, and party right next to the beach. There's extremely talented faculty, of which six are Nobel Laureates, and amazing peers that encourage you to challenge yourself. There are also many amazing opportunities to get involved with research that are offered in every department.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience with classes at UCSB has been great! There are many diverse courses offered.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've heard great things about the alumni network at UCSB. There are also numerous career fairs held throughout the school year.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We get crime alerts through our school emails. Buddy system is always a good idea.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The residential halls should be equipped with air conditioning since move-in week is hell without them. Great social atmosphere overall.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not know much about the sororities/fraternities, but I am planning on doing fall rush is September.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Men's soccer is the most popular sport at UCSB. A lot of students (including myself) wish that we had a football team.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am so glad that I chose UCSB for college. Beautiful campus and friendly people!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love it here. The beach is really nice and there is a lot of stuff to do on your free time.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is a lot of competition for my major, but overall I think the degree will be well worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I get a lot of emails about on- and off-campus crimes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved living in the dorms. It was nice meeting people and being around friends all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not really sure what greek life is like. I'm not in a sorority.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Recreation Center could be bigger. Every time I go it's always crowded.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school offers an amazing education alongside a wonderful social life.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties could be more lit tho

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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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