The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

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    Located in one of the most livable cities in the world
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    Student access to state-of-the-art technology and learning facilities includes two world-class libraries featuring robotic document retrievers and linked online catalogs with other university libraries
  3. 3
    Vibrant campus attracts both students and tourists alike. Attractions include three museums, a rose garden, Wrecked Beach, Chan Center Concert Hall, an art gallery, and many more.
  4. 4
    People are generally very friendly and helpful. Don't be surprised if you start talking to a random stranger about your day on the bus.
  5. 5
    Tuition is significantly lower than U.S. schools even for international students.
  6. 6
    Highly populated student body allows for students to virtually pick any class at any time of the day, given that students register for classes on time.
  7. 7
    Students have unlimited access to the Metro Vancouver transportation system (included in tuition), including buses, SkyTrains, Seabuses (ferries), and community shuttles. Students also get discounts using West Coast Express transportation.
  8. 8
    Located as an individual district separate from downtown Vancouver, students have the luxury of partying downtown and returning to a safe and quiet community for a good night's rest.
  9. 9
    It's British Columbia! Needless to say, the scenery and environment is simply breathtaking.
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    Alma Mater Society (student government) manages more than 300 student-run clubs/recreational organizations allowing students to get involved with whatever they are interested in.
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    One of the most sustainable post-secondary campuses in the world and has earned top grades in Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card
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    Libraries are open 24 hours during exam weeks.
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    Free Wi-Fi access available in all buildings on campus

Facts & Statistics

Knowledgeable Professors
86% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Big Dorms
62% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
64% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Great Local Atmosphere
77% of students surveyed said that there is always something fun and interesting going on near campus.
Students Don't Want to Leave
50% of students surveyed said that they would totally live in the area after graduation.
Highly Satisfied Students
81% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Learn from the Best
99% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.

Worst Of

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    Both on- and off-campus housing can be quite expensive due to demand.
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    On-campus housing is very limited. First-year international students have priority housing.
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    Classrooms can be far apart.
  4. 4
    Huge campus takes up a lot of travel time between classes.
  5. 5
    Final exam schedule can be a disaster.
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    University gym is way too small for the amount of students that goes there.
  7. 7
    Lunch lines can be ridiculously long.
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    Limited midnight snack options
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    Lack of school spirit in some varsity sports
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    Commuter students have difficulty connecting with students on campus due to geographical separation.

Facts & Statistics

Expensive to Just Get By
64% of students surveyed felt that the amount it costs to live while at school was worse than average.
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