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UCSB Should Be #1
updated: Aug 20, 2013, 8:07 AM
By Charlotte Rushforth
August 19, 2013
Dear Princeton Review,
I am writing on behalf of myself, Charlotte Rushforth, and fellow
students: Mariana Garcia, Shannel Keller and Audrey Matthess in
response to the recently published 2013 rankings of "Top Party
Schools". As you are fully aware, our school, the University of California,
Santa Barbara ranked No.2 in the nation. We firmly believe this
designation not only to be wholly specious, but also -- and perhaps
more importantly -- a disservice to our students, alumni, and faculty.
We should be number one.
Have you been to our campus? We are surrounded by ocean and
beach on three sides with mountain views backing us. So do we find it
surprising that we're again on the Princeton Review's "Top Party
School" list? Absolutely not. We should be! After all, our campus more
closely resembles a five star resort than the No.2 university in the world
for research (Leiden, 2013).
So do we party? Absolutely! However, we think that there is a
misconception that surrounds the word "party". We here at UCSB party
in many different ways. To us, "party" does not always consist of keg
stands and burning couches. Partying can mean a few celebratory
dance steps after acing an exam, or a toast with friends over a glass of
freshly squeezed carrot juice from the Isla Vista Co-op (a foundation in
IV for fifty years and counting). At UCSB, partying is synonymous with
enjoying a cupcake at Crushcakes Isla Vista, soaking up some rays at
Campus Point with friends, and sipping coffee out of a biodegradable
cup on campus. Instead of naming us the "number 2 party school" you
should've named us the "party to" school.
We are party to having five professors with nobel prizes teaching
and inspiring students on our campus. We are party to being one of the
top 10 "coolest schools" in the nation as ranked by Sierra Magazine
(2013) for our efforts to make our campus environmentally friendly
including the fact that "50% of food served is local" (Sierra Magazine,
2013). We are party to being a public university that can boast about the
fact that 46.8 percent of our classes house 20 students or less (U.S.
News, 2013). We are party to having an "average freshman retention
rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, [of] 91.2 percent" (U.S. News,
2013). We are party to attending a university that provides 58.3 percent
of its undergraduates with "need-based financial aid" (U.S. News,
2013). We are party to attending the 35th top university in the world
(Times Higher Education, 2012) out of 200 universities examined.
We love our school, and we love being party to a forward-thinking
and environmentally-conscious environment that encourages and
inspires students to contribute to the community not only through
academics, but through our extracurriculars as well. So do we party?
Hell yes we do. We party because we are an institution full of high-
achievers and there's always something to celebrate about at UCSB.
Charlotte A. Rushforth
University of California, Santa Barbara
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