According to Associated Press, the 2009 Princeton Review says that UC Santa Barbara ranks number 10 on the list of the top party schools in the nation. It’s been ranked in the top ten for year, usually falling into number 9, 10 or 12.
Playboy, on the other hand, has ranked UCSB higher on their scale. The university has even reached up to second place in 2008, but fell to 12 the following year. Like in the Princeton Review, UCSB has regularly been on the top 10 list.
But are these rating necessarily correct, especially in regards to UCSB? I personally think the best way to find out is to go there yourself, or ask someone who does attend the school for their opinion.
I currently attend UCSB as an undergraduate. I know it’s difficult to give a fully unbiased, impartial opinion, but it’s worth a try.
Yes, UCSB is a Party School
Yes, the school does live up to its reputation as the party school among the other UC’s. Partying tend to start on Thursdays, but that doesn’t mean students don’t party on a Tuesday. Our Halloween celebrations are notorious, and with reason. For my second Halloween on campus, I went to my friend’s house to watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” I was with another friend as we walked through IV. Seeing all of the whacky costumes was entertaining (other times I couldn’t look), but I will never do that again. The streets were crowded. It was hard to move, hard to breath. Ambulances screeched through the streets. People from all over California made their way to participate in the partying. Non-Santa Barbara residents make a second flock during the year for Floatopia, where people make their own floating devices, go to the beach, go out on their new transportation devices and drink up. Unfortunately, there are usually incidences at these events as well due to drunken density.
But Not Everyone Parties. We get Our Crap Done.
But no, not everyone parties. I for example, go to my friend’s apartment to have dinner and then watch a movie on Friday nights. Beverage of choice? Milk? Water? Orange juice? The only smell of weed would be coming from the neighbors. As with any college, there are always going to be people who do not take part in the drunken, drugged revelry. I do not at all discourage anyone to going to UCSB. The quality of education is superb. US News ranks UCSB as number 12 on their list of the best 2009 public universities. I personally chose this university out of the others I was accepted into because of the English program. I’m happy to see that the school is falling in its rank. I find it a shame to have a center of education and academics overshadowed by drugs and alcohol.
If you were to ask any other student regarding the reputation of their school, they would probably respond in agreement, but add, “but we get our @#^& done.” I disagree with all of the partying, in that I don’t support it. But agree with the preconception of the school, in that I see it as true. But I disagree with it, in that I do not like how the description undermines the overall educational quality of the university.