<p>Hello, I live in encinitas, CA which is southern california and close to San Diego. my top 2 choices for school are IU and UCSB... I was accepted into indiana's contemporary dance program as well as UCSB's. I am having a very difficult time deciding between the two schools. They both have so much to offer and are both great schools for dance. If anyone has input or knows about the differences in dance programs I would love to hear it!

<p>I'm from San Diego and I'm actually in the exact same situation! But I'm a DA to the Kelley School of Business at IU instead. And at UCSB, i'm an econ and accounting major. Good luck with your decision!</p>

<p>wow, best of luck to you as well... which one are you leaning towards more? or have you already decided?</p>

<p>I'm visiting IU next week and I'll make my decision after that! I just visited UCSB and loved it though. Honestly, I'm at 50-50 right now. Both schools will be so much fun so we can't really go wrong :)</p>

<p>im at 50 50 right now as well... been to ucsb multiple times and was at IU for a day when i went for my dance audition... trying to visit again in 2 weeks to make my decision.
and your right both would be great</p>

<p>Greetings fellow Californians! I am currently an IU student from Northridge, CA and can tell you a couple things about UCSB vs. IU. </p>

<p>Something that I am absolutely positive with is that you're going to hate the weather at IU as compared to the weather at UCSB. We are finally starting to get out of winter (slowly) and everyone is just sick of the long winter. Coming from CA, I was really quite shocked by how different the weather is in Bloomington. They truly have all seasons, which is beautiful in the fall and spring. There will be a long winter so most of the trees will look dead and the campus wont look as pretty. It can be freezing for days and even weeks... as in <32F that comes with snow, snow, and more snow. The first couple times it snows is exciting, but eventually... it turns into "NO MORE SNOW!" lol </p>

<p>Aside from weather, there can be a lack of things to do here, especially since you're not 21. I really like the beach, so UCSB is in a fantastic location. There really is nothing around Bloomington for about a hour's car ride. lol Even at Indy, there isn't too much to do. I'm always told from Hoosiers, "Why the hell did you come here?" </p>

<p>I don't know much about the dance school in UCSB but I can tell you confidently that you'll be in one of the top music schools in the nation. Jacobs School of Music has such a great reputation here and I personally really like going to their performances. If you love the fine arts, then you'll really enjoy what the school can offer. </p>

<p>As a Californian to another Californian... if you decide to go to IU, be prepared for much higher tuition, cold that you are not used to at all, lack of things to do, and such.</p>

<p>Overall, do you like it at IU?</p>

<p>overall, from your experience, do you think it is beneficial to go out of state and to experience something new?</p>

<p>Overall, I'd say my experience at IU is pretty good. I've met a lot of great friends here and have had fun a lot with numerous activities. I am hopefully transferring out though to NYU for this fall as I really want to study real estate. You guys will start to notice after a while that there is a lack of things to do as compared to in CA. The mall here is pitiful (my favorite is South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa) and there is a lack of lively city feel, which is one reason why I want to go to NYU. Big cities are just so much more exciting for people our age. I honestly believe that it is beneficial to experience something new but umm... what you're really only experience that you can't experience in UCSB is the freezing ass cold weather and snow, snow, ice, snow. In terms of college social life, there is no difference that distinguishes IU from UCSB</p>

<p>I currently pay about $11k I believe for my tuition per semester... so $22k per year (with academic scholarships). You really have to assess yourself how much it's going to cost your family. Thankfully, my family can afford to pay out-of-state tuition, and if I get into NYU... the highest tuition in the country, but really... your family can save many thousands for simply going to a great school in CA.</p>

Hi @halopower015 , I know that this post is back in 2011, but I am facing the same situation as you were in 2011 now. I don’t know what to do. Would you mind share your decision with me? And if you like your decision? Thanks a lot!