Not too easy. Not too difficult.
The professors here are here to do research, not to teach, and it shows. They teach in lecture halls of up to 800 students in an inherently disengaging manner. The only crime that really occurs in IV is bike theft, and you can avoid that by locking your bike. Alcohol poisoning is only a problem if you drink enough to give yourself alcohol poisoning.
I'm not alone in this viewpoint. The classes are as difficult as the professor feels like making them, rather than as difficult as the subject inherently is. I have not grown in any academic disciplines whatsoever since I have been at UCSB. In several disciplines, I have regressed considerably.
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Advice for students:
Students end up cramming and regurgitating information for tests every few weeks. My interest in mathematics was seriously curbed when I came to this school because I simply did not learn the way it was taught.