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University of California - Santa Barbara Overview

University of California - Santa Barbara is a public institution situated in Santa Barbara, California. UCSB is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is University of California - Santa Barbara Known For?

21,777 Full-Time Undergraduates
$16,236 Avg Cost After Aid
33% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UCSB is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at UCSB.
  • In 2017-2018, 85% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UCSB bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $55,300 a year. That's about 36% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average UCSB student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

University of California - Santa Barbara Rankings

UCSB landed the #133 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 116 colleges in California, it is ranked at #16.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that UCSB has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for UCSB

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 71
Best Colleges 133
Best Colleges for Diversity 140
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 439
Best Colleges for Veterans 593
Best Colleges for the Money 749

Where Is University of California - Santa Barbara?

Location of University of California - Santa Barbara

Contact details for UCSB are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5221 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: 805-893-8000
Website: www.ucsb.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ucsantabarbara
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ucsantabarbara

How Do I Get Into UCSB?

You can apply to UCSB online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UCSB

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UCSB?

33% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
75% Submit SAT Scores
UCSB has a fairly low acceptance rate of 33%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 30%, and the acceptance rate for women is 36%.

Average Test Scores

About 75% of students accepted to UCSB submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 590 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 600 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 590 to 720 )
200
800
UCSB received ACT scores from 59% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 26 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 32. Composite scores were between 28 and 33.

ACT English Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 26 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 26 to 32 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 28 to 33 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - Santa Barbara?

$16,236 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UCSB is $16,236. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UCSB

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,733 $11,760 $14,984 $21,096 $31,436

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

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 UCSB, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $6,168 a year. That adds up to $24,672 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCSB is 2.3%. 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.

University of California - Santa Barbara Undergraduate Student Diversity

21,777 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 22,186 undergraduate students at UCSB, with 21,777 being full-time and 409 being part-time.

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

There are also 2,871 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,777 full-time undergraduates at UCSB, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UCSB

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - Santa Barbara students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UCSB Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,961
Black or African American 494
Hispanic or Latino 5,824
White 6,907
International Students 2,155
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,436

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - Santa Barbara. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 88 countries are represented at UCSB. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of California - Santa Barbara

0 Took All Classes Online
365 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 365 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This is the #2,028 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UCSB regardless of major.

University of California - Santa Barbara Majors

In 2017-2018, University of California - Santa Barbara awarded 12,654 undergraduate degrees and 1,736 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Anthropology 0 124 6 6
Applied Mathematics 0 100 1 0
Area Studies 0 19 8 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 70 1 3
Business/Managerial Economics 0 4 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 42 5 2
Chemical Engineering 0 65 0 14
Chemistry 0 93 6 19
Child Development & Psychology 0 696 3 3
Classical Languages & Literature 0 11 0 3
Communication & Media Studies 0 445 5 7
Communication Sciences 0 1 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 51 0 0
Computer Science 0 112 43 12
Dance 0 14 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 40 3 3
East Asian Languages 0 17 0 2
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 59 4 11
Economics 0 582 12 5
Electrical Engineering 0 62 61 24
Ethnic Studies 0 112 5 5
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 154 1 5
Fine & Studio Arts 0 99 8 6
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 2
General Biology 0 352 0 0
General Education 0 0 95 20
General English Literature 0 148 3 6
Geography & Cartography 0 76 4 18
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 52 5 6
Germanic Languages 0 13 0 0
History 0 152 3 9
International Studies 0 333 8 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 3 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 103 7 8
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 84 50 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 5 28
Mathematics 0 114 14 13
Mechanical Engineering 0 90 18 8
Medieval Studies 0 1 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 35 0 0
Music 0 22 8 6
Natural Resources Conservation 0 329 76 10
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 3 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 5 10
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 25 0 0
Philosophy 0 93 3 3
Physics 0 144 19 17
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 4 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 273 10 9
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 5 3
Religious Studies 0 25 5 5
Romance Languages 0 68 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 5 0 0
Sociology 0 627 9 7
Statistics 0 158 17 8
Zoology 0 23 0 0
Total 0 12,654 1,082 654

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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