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Could be a long shot but thought I'd ask to see if anyone has experience to share about CCS at UCSB. If DS applies, he will be targeting the math program.

 

Thank you!

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Actually I think the poster's son is starting his third year at CCS (time flies!). Quark, I can give you his blog address & info – I'll try to remember to email you (am sick at the moment).

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Thank you both so very much! Laura, I hope you get well soon!

 

I've asked and the hs2coll poster has replied with details!

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Wow! We just met this summer with the advisor from that program on our big UC trip. My daughter was interested in the Writing and Literature major, which just got a major overhaul and began this fall.  There are three different strands to pursue (creative writing, analytical and style studies or something like that) and a total cohort of like 13-15 people.  There are no grades, but you declare at the beginning of the quarter how many credits you are working towards and you get evaluated at the end on how many you accomplished.  The goal was to create collaboration among the students rather than competition for grades. 

 

It is very easy (or required?) to double major in the College of Arts and Sciences. You would get grades there. 

 

My daughter was initially intrigued but ultimately decided that it probably is not for her.  We don't feel she is the type to benefit from not having grades, and it just felt a little too loosey-goosey. I don't know about any of the other majors, though -- you would really need to speak with a professor within the school.  

 

Now I look upthread and see that someone is actually in the school! So you'll get better gouge I see.  If you find anything earth shattering would you mind PMing me? Or putting me in touch with the one whose son is there? If my initial impressions were wrong I wouldn't mind putting it back on the table. It's senior year and the applications aren't exactly flowing out the door yet.  Paralzyed by choice at the moment. :-) 

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My son just started his Freshmen year there as a math major.

 

It seems like a really special school. The campus is drop dead gorgeous with 70 degree temperatures year round. The students get priority registration, no credit cap, can drop any class until the last minute etc. The professors email you back within minutes. Everyone there is happy and friendly. The dorm is steps from the bluffs of the pacific ocean. He starts his first actual class tomorrow. 

 

 

 

 

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My son just started his Freshmen year there as a math major.

 

It seems like a really special school. The campus is drop dead gorgeous with 70 degree temperatures year round. The students get priority registration, no credit cap, can drop any class until the last minute etc. The professors email you back within minutes. Everyone there is happy and friendly. The dorm is steps from the bluffs of the pacific ocean. He starts his first actual class tomorrow. 

 

Oh wow, that sounds fabulous. Thank you so much for weighing in. I might PM you some time in the future to ask for more details if that's ok?

 

Thanks again!

 

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My son just started his Freshmen year there as a math major.

 

It seems like a really special school. The campus is drop dead gorgeous with 70 degree temperatures year round. The students get priority registration, no credit cap, can drop any class until the last minute etc. The professors email you back within minutes. Everyone there is happy and friendly. The dorm is steps from the bluffs of the pacific ocean. He starts his first actual class tomorrow. 

 

That (the whole program) sounds fantastic. If I had known about this, I might have urged my son to apply here. 

 

I think I was prejudiced against UCSB b/c my brother attended in the late 80s/early 90s, and it was a big surfer/party school. (Maybe it still is, but CCS seems like an honors program, which is cool. Priority reg is a big deal!) I do remember how beautiful it was ... one revelation was at night, standing on the bluffs looking out at the Pacific Ocean, and being surprised to see stars all the way down to the horizon (the ocean). With light pollution or trees all around, we are so used to thinking of the stars as being just straight overhead – not completely surrounding our planet. Pretty neat! And congrats to your son. I hope he has a wonderful year.

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That (the whole program) sounds fantastic. If I had known about this, I might have urged my son to apply here.

 

I think I was prejudiced against UCSB b/c my brother attended in the late 80s/early 90s, and it was a big surfer/party school. (Maybe it still is, but CCS seems like an honors program, which is cool. Priority reg is a big deal!) I do remember how beautiful it was ... one revelation was at night, standing on the bluffs looking out at the Pacific Ocean, and being surprised to see stars all the way down to the horizon (the ocean). With light pollution or trees all around, we are so used to thinking of the stars as being just straight overhead – not completely surrounding our planet. Pretty neat! And congrats to your son. I hope he has a wonderful year.

My daughter and I visited a couple of years ago during admitted students day. The campus setting couldn't be more beautiful. Ultimately my daughter decided not to attend, she was a regular admit though. She knew she would have found the social atmosphere too distracting. The students are known to be very intelligent and very social. You have to know yourself and decide if you will thrive or not there. The CCS is a game changer. My daughter chose a different campus where she was offered an academic scholarship and priority registration, both which have served her well.

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My daughter and I visited a couple of years ago during admitted students day. The campus setting couldn't be more beautiful. Ultimately my daughter decided not to attend, she was a regular admit though. She knew she would have found the social atmosphere too distracting. The students are known to be very intelligent and very social. You have to know yourself and decide if you will thrive or not there. The CCS is a game changer. My daughter chose a different campus where she was offered an academic scholarship and priority registration, both which have served her well.

 

The social aspect is one of the reasons why I am in two minds. Otherwise, it sounds like a lovely place and one where my kiddo will thrive. It sounds like an honors college within a UC setting. Like a small cohort of smart, creative kids and that is just what I'm hoping he will have. I don't know if the other UCs have anything else close to it (apart from the Regents scholarship perhaps? but that sounds different in some ways).

 

DS is not highly social. He yearns for like minds but is not going to go all out to go find them. If the general atmosphere is of the all out sort then he will very likely prefer to stay in his room. Then again, he might not. Have to think some more.

 

Thanks so much to all who have replied! Please keep comments coming if you have more!

 

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Do they only accept freshman or are junior transfers from CC eligible?

 

Good question CW.

 

I am not able to find out from a quick perusal of the website but looking at their goals, it looks like it is targeted at freshmen. But their FAQ has a transfer-related question too.

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I think my DD might be interested in the art or writing & literature majors and her CC has a Transfer Admissions Guarantee to UCSB (though it looks like she'd have to apply to CCS in addition). But from both a financial standpoint and an academic flexibility standpoint, we're leaning towards the CC-and-transfer route rather than freshman admissions. I know there's admissions-by-exam to get around the a-g requirements that are causing so much pushback from my DD, but the cost difference between 2 years living away at UCSB and 2 years commuting to CC is enormous.

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You should definitely give them a call. I don't remember when we went anything about transferring in, but the advisor was very friendly and helpful. She did tell us that it requires a separate application which includes a 2000 word essay, and that this year's cohort was 13 out of like 80 applications. This was specifically Writing and Literature.

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