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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are 4 dining commons: DLG, Ortega, Carillo and Portola. The food varies depending on which common you go to. DLG is usually the choice of many people out in campus, the food is hit or miss but most of the time bearable. Carillo is usually heralded by people as the greatest dining common on campus but is considerably far if you are not living in Manzanita Village or off-campus. Portola, I hear, is horrible but only people living in FT have to deal with it. DLG offers late night from 9pm-12am so thats cool. The food is good at first but like any other college, you get tired of it. Your meals are pre-bought so you have like 14 meals at $12 each and if you don't use them within the week they're gone.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's not exactly a college town, but it has a feel for college students. IV is the epitome of SB. Where many college kids live and party. The beach isn't too far and the landscape overall is beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received financial aid. Be sure to make appointments and in-person contact. It's not like high school with someone hassling you.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I am very involved with cultural clubs on campus, so I see the diversity. However, this school is known for having blonde surfer types, while this is true it does not encompass the whole school.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: As a Pre bio major, I have to find a way to balance GE's and pre requisites.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is always putting on events for the students. There is always something to do, you will never be bored at UCSB.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Soccer and basketball are the popular sports on campus. Definitely take time to go to a game and take part in the school pride.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the economics/accounting major and it is excellent. It compares to Harvard accounting and the professors are excellent. The Big Four (the four biggest accounting firms in California) all recruit at UCSB.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking isn't horrible but it isn't the best. There is lots of parking available but it is kind of far from things like classes, but not dorms.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The computers are excellent. There are many computer labs, I have not been to all but I have been to 3 of them. Each one has a lot of computers and fast internet.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid was pretty easy to get, I just filed a FAFSA and checked back at the start of summer and I had gotten one, since my household income is quite low. I did have to check back constantly to make sure I was meeting deadlines but other than that, it was not a headache at all.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife is awesome any age you are (as long as you are above the age of 18). Most of the nightlife consists of house parties along IV and there are a few bars and clubs around, but most of the time, raging with friends at house parties is the nightlife that exists.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs at UCSB tend to be kept up to date, along with computers inside them. You can either find new PCs or Macs. Each student also gets to print 300 pages for free each quarter.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A good majority of the guys and girls at UCSB are fit. Being next to the beach helps students lead a healthy lifestyle.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system for the Santa Barbara/Goleta area is very good. They have buses running frequently, with pick up spots all over campus. It's also free for UCSB students and can take you pretty much anywhere you need to go. There are bike paths all over campus and biking is the most common mode of transportation on campus and in Isla Vista, which is the community right next to campus where most students live after moving out of the dorms. Most people do not have cars because permits to park on campus are very expensive and cars are unnecessary for transportation. To get to and from home, most students take the train, or Amtrak, which is reasonably priced, but not very fast. There is an Amtrak station a few minutes off campus, and the bus stops at that station. They also hitch rides with other students who have cars, or whose parents/relatives/friends are coming to pick them up.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits for parking on campus are very expensive, so most people park their cars in Isla Vista, which is right next to campus. This seems to work well for people. However, most people do not have cars because permits are so expensive and because cars are unnecessary. There's very little need to ever leave campus, and everything on campus is withing walking or biking distance. Most people have bikes. If you need to go off campus, most people take the bus, which is free for UCSB students. It can get you anywhere you need to go.

3 College Senior

Majors: I'm a Psychology major. It's pretty difficult to get from Pre-Major status to full status because the pre-major classes have a department curve (only certain percentage can get As and so on.) and you have to hit the GPA requirement to get full status.

Som people think it's easy but others think it's hard. I also thought getting through the pre-major was difficult.

HOWEVER, once you go from Pre-Psych to full status and just Psychology the upper division classes are much more interesting, fun, and easier. I absolutely love my major.

As for career goals, I am deciding between going to law school or getting a dual degree (J.D (law) and PhD in psych.)

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big here. There are Panhellenic Greek orgs such as the more common sororities and fraternities for social aspects. They have their own houses too, which are located in IV.

Greek students viewed by non-greeks is nothing too special. It's not a big deal really if you're in one or not. I feel like the negativity comes from sororities hating on each other (between greek drama I suppose)

There are also professional greek orgs (I'm in one!) that are separated from the stigma of the social ones.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: One campus tradition is to throw tortillas at our soccer games. Soccer is really big here because UCSB doesn't have a football team. There are a ton of campus activities throughout the year where orgs give away free stuff and free food. There are a ton of open green spaces that you can lay on. Every Wednesday of finals week we host an Undie Run where students strip off their clothes to donate to a local shelter and run starting from the library all throughout campus.

LOVE UCSB!

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Limited parking on and off campus. A large number of living options surrounding the campus but cost is high and places are not well maintained since landlords know there is always going to be students willing to stay there.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Santa Barbara is usually 75 degrees all throughout summer and colder during the winter months. It's also very gloomy with an overcast because of the school's proximity to the beach.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Very convenient, multiple buses that take the same route and are always on time like 10 min apart from each other

5 College Freshman

Weather: Nearly everyday the sun has been shining, the sky has been bluer than ever before. Although on some occasions fog comes in the early morning and meets you. Overall, a perfect Mediterranean climate!

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Friendly and social, but sometimes people can be immature and annoying

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: University itself can be laid back, police are very strict.

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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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