University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Santa Barbara, CA

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University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music Theory and Composition
Other History
Other Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
Portuguese Language and Literature
Religion/Religious Studies
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature


Major Bachelors Masters
Business/Managerial Economics

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters


Major Bachelors Masters


Major Bachelors Masters
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
International/Global Studies
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Legal Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Biology/Biological Sciences
General Zoology/Animal Biology
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Other Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Other Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
Other Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Actuarial Science
Other Applied Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Other Chemistry

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization
Asian-American Studies
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican- American/Chicano Studies
Italian Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Other Area Studies
Other Psychology
Physiological Psychology / Psychobiology
Political Science and Government
Women's Studies


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science

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UCSB Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 14 Reviews

50% of students gave University of California, Santa Barbara 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Academics Rating

Economics is the most difficult program at UCSB. I switched out of it because the professors intend to weed out those who are not serious about the major. The workload is intense, just as any other UC. Class sizes vary incredibly. Professors are not as involved in their students' education as they should be.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Academics Rating

Aside from the social life, it seems the education is exactly what they say it is: topnotch education! Although in some cases (like math, for me) there is material that is difficult to comprehend, it is not impossible as long as you read the chapters accordingly. There is always a lot of reading involved, but even with that being said, you will have an actual social life here. People are so helpful that I even got through the math part I was struggling with on my Astronomy homework just last night.

UCSB Academic Details

Academic Calendar Quarter
Average Freshman GPA 3.00
Retention Rate 91%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held during the summer.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships

Class Sizes at University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 45%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 10%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 36%
  • 100+ Students: 9%
Fewer than 20 Students 45%
50 - 100 Students 10%
20 - 49 Students 36%
100+ Students 9%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 64
  • Unknown and Other: 22
  • Asian: 8
  • Latino: 5
  • African American: 2
Caucasian 64
Unknown and Other 22
Asian 8
Latino 5
African American 2

Faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara

Total Faculty 1,669
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 17
Full-Time Professors 4,016
Male Faculty 1,113
Part-Time Professors 699
Women Faculty 556

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