1. Tuesday, September 2, 2003

    the school that i talk about all the time, UCSB, 

    ucsbmy truest of true loves, was recently named one of the 12 hottest American colleges in the Kaplan/Newsweek How to Get Into College guide for 2003.

    here’s what they had to say about it:

    With its glamorous location on 989 acres of Pacific Ocean coastline overlooking the Santa Ynez Mountains, UCSB used to be known as a major party school. Now it’s the party school with an increasingly impressive academic reputation. Three faculty members have won Nobel Prizes in recent years. UCSB’s engineering school is highly rated in national rankings in many departments, especially in the rapidly expanding field of materials science. The school’s Ph.D. physics program is one of the top 10 in the country, and the Institute for Theoretical Physics attracts scientists from around the world to debate such questions as the future of cosmology. One quarter of undergraduates take part in research, teaming up with faculty and grad students. Applicants apparently have taken notice. Freshman applications have increased by 67 percent in the last five academic years, compared with 31 percent for the UC campuses as a whole, and 27 percent of the students who applied for the class of 2006 had a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

    Not surprisingly for a school just two hours north of Hollywood, UCSB is famous for its film-studies major that lets students study film theory along with aesthetics. In the past few years, graduates of the film-studies program have been nominated for Academy Awards in areas as disparate as animation and adapted screenplay.

    UCSB is the only school in the UC system to offer religious studies through the Ph.D. level. The program stands out nationally because it focuses on the cultural aspects of faith, as opposed to other programs that primarily train priests or ministers. In 2002 the university opened a new building for its school of environmental science and management that is recognized as the greenest building in California because it meets the highest federal and local standards of energy efficiency. In addition, just about everything used in the construction project-including demolition waste, silt and other debris-was recycled.

    the 12 hottest colleges:

    Arizona State University

    Boston College

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Davidson College

    George Washington University

    Kenyon College

    Macalester College

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    McGill University

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Pepperdine University

    University of Washington at Seattle

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