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Santa Barbara City College Overview

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

What Is Santa Barbara City College Known For?

4,591 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the undergraduate certificate is the highest award a student can attain at SBCC.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 52% of the faculty were full-time.

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Santa Barbara City College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

SBCC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#31 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SBCC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Sociology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular International Relations & National Security Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Biological & Physical Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Mathematics & Statistics Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Social Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Santa Barbara City College?

Location of 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
Website: www.sbcc.edu

How Do I Get Into SBCC?

You can apply to SBCC online at: www.sbcc.edu/apply/apply_to_college.php

Santa Barbara City College has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Santa Barbara City College?

10% Take Out Loans
12.6% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SBCC, approximately 10% of students took out student loans averaging $4,907 a year. That adds up to $19,628 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SBCC is 12.6%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Santa Barbara City College Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,555 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,133 undergraduate students at SBCC, with 6,555 being full-time and 7,578 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SBCC

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,555 full-time undergraduates at SBCC, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SBCC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SBCC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 227
Black or African American 144
Hispanic or Latino 2,410
White 2,216
International Students 753
Other Races/Ethnicities 805

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

2,353 Took All Classes Online
5,676 Took At Least One Class Online
-2.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 5,676 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.

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This school is the 170th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SBCC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Santa Barbara City College was -2.2%. This is the #2,345 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SBCC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SBCC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 71%
Horticulture 71%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SBCC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SBCC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Health & Medical Administrative Services #372

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%.

Santa Barbara City College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1,037 1,144 2,181
Biological & Physical Science 0 469 23 492
Communication & Media Studies 2 156 0 158
Economics 0 155 0 155
Health & Medical Administrative Services 67 63 2 132
Business Administration & Management 3 124 0 127
General Psychology 0 102 0 102
Sociology 0 95 0 95
Mathematics 0 81 0 81
Criminal Justice & Corrections 13 50 11 74
General Sales & Marketing 37 26 0 63
Cosmetology 0 6 57 63
Nursing 0 60 0 60
General Biology 0 55 0 55
Political Science & Government 0 48 0 48
Human Development & Family Studies 6 22 19 47
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 17 25 42
Physics 0 39 0 39
General Engineering 0 31 0 31
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 12 17 29
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 24 5 29
Romance Languages 0 28 0 28
Allied Health Professions 0 28 0 28
Fine & Studio Arts 0 28 0 28
Health & Physical Education 0 24 0 24
Marine Transportation 0 2 22 24
Design & Applied Arts 2 10 11 23
Horticulture 0 16 5 21
Mental & Social Health Services 0 7 13 20
Anthropology 0 20 0 20
Philosophy 0 19 0 19
Chemistry 0 18 0 18
Computer Science 0 16 1 17
American Sign Language 0 17 0 17
Culinary Arts 0 7 9 16
International Relations & National Security 0 15 0 15
History 0 14 0 14
Computer Systems Networking 0 5 8 13
General English Literature 0 13 0 13
Drama & Theater Arts 0 13 0 13
Geography & Cartography 0 12 0 12
Audiovisual Communications 5 5 1 11
International Business 4 6 0 10
Graphic Communications 0 5 5 10
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 5 5 10
Accounting 0 6 0 6
Entrepreneurial Studies 3 3 0 6
Hospitality Management 0 3 3 6
Building Management & Inspection 4 2 0 6
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 2 3 5
Computer Information Systems 0 5 0 5
Real Estate 0 2 2 4
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 4 4
Ethnic Studies 0 4 0 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 4 0 4
Music 0 3 0 3
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 2 2
Information Technology 0 2 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 2 0 2
Natural Resources Conservation 0 2 0 2
Journalism 0 1 0 1
Computer Programming 1 0 0 1
Writing Studies 1 0 0 1
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 148 3,046 1,397 4,591

References

*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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