They told us about big things (their anxieties about getting a job) and small things (their irritations with Wi Fi, cafeteria food, snobby classmates, broken electrical plug-ins, crowded libraries and the list goes on).
We also paid particular attention to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a major survey that asks students questions that get at the heart of the most vital element of a great education.
The huge school has made genuine efforts to improve undergraduate education and achieved one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios in the country.
Still, students gave mixed reviews on a national student survey, landing UBC well below average on Canadian students' overall satisfaction.
Your typical classmate: Speaks more than one language; around half of students who go to KPU straight from high school were previously in an ESL program.
Students say: Their education is preparing them for the real world.
ECUAD is in the midst of a major fundraising campaign for a new 4-million campus, slated to open in 2016.
They waxed poetic about the beauty of their campus or complained about their terrible commute by bus.
Expansion plans include a new -million campus in Surrey City Centre and a new two-year diploma in craft brewery operations.
Students say that a lack of extra-curricular activities on this commuter campus makes meeting new people tough, but KPU's small class sizes help.
"I was very busy at times and wish I had been able to attend more school events.
But, overall, there are plenty of cultural and learning experiences to be had at UBC," says Aurora Tejeida, journalism graduate.