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Santa Barbara City College Overview

Santa Barbara City College is a public institution located in Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Santa Barbara City College Known For?

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  • Students at SBCC have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the undergraduate certificate is the highest award a student can attain at SBCC.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 39% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, SBCC bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $42,815 a year. That's about 5% more than their peers at other schools.

Where Is Santa Barbara City College?


Contact details for SBCC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
Phone: 805-965-0581

How Do I Get Into SBCC?

You can apply to SBCC online at:

Santa Barbara City College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Santa Barbara City College?

4% Take Out Loans
3.3% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SBCC, approximately 4% of students took out student loans averaging $5,218 a year. That adds up to $20,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SBCC is 3.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Santa Barbara City College Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,514 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,746 undergraduate students at SBCC, with 5,514 being full-time and 7,232 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 5,514 full-time undergraduates at SBCC, 45% are male and 55% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Santa Barbara City College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 177
Black or African American 109
Hispanic or Latino 1,962
White 2,307
International Students 361
Other Races/Ethnicities 598

Over 89 countries are represented at SBCC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Sweden, and Brazil.

Online Learning at Santa Barbara City College

5,498 Took All Classes Online
10,253 Took At Least One Class Online
0.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 10,253 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SBCC has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 20th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of SBCC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Santa Barbara City College was 0.3%. This is the #1,684 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SBCC regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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