What is your overall opinion of this school?
I think the best thing about UCSB is the combination of a great location, great people, and a great academic institution. The weather is pretty moderate all year round, I live on the beach, and there's nothing quite like Isla Vista. You have all of your best friends within walking distance, and there's always something going on.
I think that they size of UCSB is just right, not too big and not too small. Friends I have the visit me here are always like, "I could NEVER go to school here! How do you do it?" UCSB kids do party pretty hard, and everyone knows it.
The library is great to study at, most kids go to the fourth floor. I really only go on campus to get studying done or to go to class.
Isla Vista defines 'college town'. All the local businesses rely on student, and cater to them accordingly. Lots of food specials, happy hours, etc.
The administration is alright, I can't complain. Nothing major has gone wrong with my experience here with the admin., but of course you have your shitty professors here and there.
I'm not personally into the school pride thing, but there are a lot of people who are. You can for sure get into it if you choose to.
Unique things about UCSB- Our campus is literally on the beach, lots of construction going on in IV and on campus, which tells me the school is really growing.