University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Santa Barbara, CA

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University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara Student Essentials

University of California, Santa Barbara Student Essentials
Region: Southwest
Setting: Large Town Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Gauchos
Nickname: UCSB
Website: www.ucsb.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Highly Selective
In-State Tuition: $13,671
Out-of-State Tuition: $36,549
Retention Rate: 91%
Enrollment: 23,530
Year Established: 1909

About UCSB

The University of California in Santa Barbara, California, a place where natural beauty meets intellectual vitality, offers an exceptional educational experience at one of the top research schools in the nation.

Students have access to a rich array of cultural, social and academic events through the school’s linked, close-knit community. Off campus, students may participate in social work and civic engagement in the nearby Isla Vista or take in the history, arts and environment of Santa Barbara.

Student life at UC Santa Barbara is full of social, recreational and leadership opportunities. A number of Greek life fraternities and sororities are available, as well as breadth of student clubs and organizations. It’s easy to become involved on campus, as events are always happening.

Academics offered at the school include many undergraduate degrees in three different colleges: Creative Studies, Engineering and Arts and Letters. A wide variety of graduate programs are also available, including degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Education, Religious Studies, Sociology and more. Professional programs are offered through the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.

Admissions do not require students to send in additional materials until the school requests them from admitted students. Fee waivers may be granted to eligible students due to household size and family income.

California residents can enjoy reduced tuition rates. The university awards scholarships to the top two percent of admitted students who demonstrate academic achievement and need. Other forms of financial aid include state and federal grants, loans and work-study programs.

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UCSB Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 14 Reviews

50% of students gave University of California, Santa Barbara 4 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

This school is geared towards the success of white students. Students of color are disadvantaged and isolated. There is little diversity, and ignorant comments can be heard throughout the campus from both professors and fellow students. It is shameful. But the ocean is nice and Multicultural Greek life is where I have found my place. These people are incredible.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Even with the loads of homework stacking up, I can’t help but think how awesome college is. I know I probably sound like a complete nerd right now, but when it comes down to it, I’m proud to admit that I love the university I’m currently attending. The people here are so laid back and chill about everything, but even more so, they are so nice. I even had a good first impression when I first visited the University of California of Santa Barbara simply because people (both students and professors) had been really helpful when my parents and I got lost trying to navigate our way around with a map. And to top things off, when I arrived here for my two-day orientation, I found out how easy it was to find somebody that I had things in common with, and to befriend them. People here are genuine, it’s almost weird. Everyday I’m meeting new faces and the ones I already know are only becoming closer and closer as friends.


UCSB Map & Location

University of California, Santa Barbara
5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


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Getting Around UCSB

Walkability

Good walkability. We think you’ll enjoy walking in this area.

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Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Santa Barbara, CA

Winter
Dec
64
40
Jan
64
41
Feb
64
44
Spring
Mar
65
46
Apr
67
48
May
69
51
Summer
Jun
71
54
Jul
73
58
Aug
74
58
Fall
Sep
74
56
Oct
72
51
Nov
68
44

UCSB Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 20,236
Freshman Class 4,234
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 23,530

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 24%
  • African American: 3%
  • Caucasian: 45%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Unknown and Other: 11%
Latino 24%
African American 3%
Caucasian 45%
Asian 16%
Unknown and Other 11%

Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%
Women 54%
Men 46%
International 2%
Domestic 98%

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