"Extended University provided the best choice to keep working and to advance in my career. I tried doing it the traditional way, but for working adults it’s not the right approach. I also love that the classes were small groups and the access to the teachers was fantastic something you won’t get a normal university. The value and the program fee fit my needs perfectly."

Marjorie Maas – BS Business, Class of 2013 & MBA, Class of 2015

"It was definitely challenging moving across oceans and things so far, but other than that CI was very welcoming so I didn’t feel like an outsider. …I don’t know any other university that offers you an opportunity to work in prestigious labs around California. Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a scientist…My goal is to go back and start my own lab and bring quality work to India."

Pranav Mathkar – MS Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, Class of 2017

"The business program is so valuable… I’m being pushed beyond my safety zone. I am getting support from my teachers and my peers. They see potential in me that I’m not seeing."

Melissa Fernandez – BS Business, Class of 2018

"This program was perfect for me because it gives you exposure and it has a lot of internships.” She says CI helped her get familiar with writing, too. “If you really want to continue in science you have to write. [CI is] helping me become a better scientist."

Amandeep Sharma – MS Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, Class of 2018

"In between switching majors I tried to really find what a good fit for me was. I’ve always had a calling toward science and as a mom I really didn’t think I could do it. CI taught me how to be a better student and really focus my energy on what I need to do. I am very clear on what my goals are and I have to thank the program for that."

Aimee Beck – MS Biotechnology & Bioinformatics , Class of 2018

"Extended University has pushed me to follow through on a lifelong goal. I owed it to myself to achieve this goal not for anyone else, but for myself."

Jake Umphreyville – BA Psychology, Class of 2017

"It’s one thing to read a textbook, but to really convert theory into understanding and practical application is an incredible opportunity."

Josh Rubin - MBA, Class of 2017

"I think this is a good program for people who are hardworking and want to continue their education. I see this program as a great tool… CI turned out to be a great opportunity. You can be a small fish in a big pond."

Nicolas Palacios – MS Biotechnology, Class of 2018

"Going back to school was a bit intimidating but the faculty has made the experience much easier than anticipated. Hearing faculty stories and having them be so personable has made the challenge of finishing school less threatening"

Brian Bruer – BA Psychology, Class of 2017

“Professors give us real world experiences. Dr. Egizano brought in speakers from different industries such as Disney, accounting, and show business. That was helpful for me because it showed me that the MBA is valuable in any field.”

Sarah Tadayon – MBA, Class of 2018

“Every person has potential. People just don’t know how to utilize it. I realized if I will be mediocre my whole I won’t do anything my whole life. If I want to do something I have to be the best at it. Whatever I do I put 200% into it so I won’t have any regret after that.

CI is the best thing has happened to me. Every professor I interact with has been such a big help. I’m enjoying this experience, it has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

Arpit Batish – MS Biotechnology, Class of 2018

“Even though I loved the challenge and intellectual stimulation I gained from working in the industry, I feel like I have found my natural calling working with students, faculty and staff at CI and it has also allowed me the opportunity to become a teacher which is something I never would have considered had I not completed the program. Thanks to the knowledge I gained through the dual degree program and the connections I made I was able to land my dream job”

Melissa McCoy – MBA/MS Biotechnology Alumna, Class of 2008

"Extended University instilled confidence that I can balance multiple things, prepare for my future, and obtain background knowledge in the industry. I take it upon myself to be a well rounded individual and really emphasize my education, continuous learning and improvement."

Shelby Parris - MS Biotechnology, Class of 2017

"My experience as an undergrad was so amazing that when I found out [Channel Islands/Extended University] had an MBA Program I knew that it was just going to be a good program for me overall as far as scheduling [and] support that we get from the campus and counselors.

My attitude towards everything … towards life, towards school, towards work is I am always looking forward and always pushing forward no matter what difficulties come my way. I feel like having that positive attitude really helps to find opportunities that help channel my potential."

Maryam Halimi - MBA, Class of 2017

Being accepted into the program has shown me that I am on the right path to complete a long time goal of obtaining a graduate degree. To me it shows that you should take that leap, that extra effort to better improve yourself. A lot of people have the potential for great success, it just takes time, extra effort, and sacrifice to achieve. I am not the extremely gifted student, but I am the student who stands up the challenge and I will do everything in my power to succeed.

Kevin Kircher - MBA, Class of 2019

Professors here are so different from the professors we have in Iran.[They are] more creative, the way they teach, their assignments for students, it's great and more effective. I feel as though I'm channeling all of my potential coming from another country, another language, and learning system.

Abedeh Chaharsoughi – MBA, Class of 2018

I am a person with great aptitude, talent and a desire to succeed. However, I didn't always use these skills for positive purposes. After a brief stint at UCSB in my early twenties, I dropped out and pursued a lifestyle that centered on substance abuse. During my absence from school, I faced challenges such as prolonged incarceration, divorce, and the process of undergoing rehabilitation.

I returned to Santa Barbara without a place to stay, and eventually returned to school while residing in a transitional living facility provided by the Salvation Army. I have since secured housing, transportation and work with a fantastic Real Estate appraiser’s office. I am now able to use my talents and God-given gifts to give back to society, remain gainfully employed, and return to my goal of obtaining a college degree.

Adam Johnson - BA Psychology, Class of 2018
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