UCSB Description

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.

Quick Facts about University of California, Santa Barbara

Region

Southwest

Setting

Large Town Setting

Type

Public

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Gauchos

Nickname

UCSB

Website

www.ucsb.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Highly Selective

Out-of-State Tuition

$22,878

Retention Rate

91%

Enrollment

21,924

Year Established

1909

UCSB Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

5 star
  6 reviews
4 star
  7 reviews
3 star
  1 review
2 star
 
1 star
 

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating:
3

Detailed Ratings

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:
4

Detailed Ratings

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.

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UCSB Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
18,892
Freshman Class
4,234
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
21,924

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
86%
Graduate
14%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
87%
Part-Time
13%

Students Coming From In-State vs. Out-of-State

In-State
100%
Out-of-State
0%

Gender of Students

Women
55%
Men
45%

Ethnic Diversity

African-American
3%
Asian
16%
Caucasian
50%
Latino
20%
Other
11%

Students State Origin

California
100%

International Students

International
3%
Domestic
97%

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