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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?

6,327 Undergraduate Awards
$46,886 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 award 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.

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University of California - Santa Barbara Rankings

UCSB is ranked #304 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. UCSB also holds the #28 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Natural Resources Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Geography & Cartography Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Music Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UCSB has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Sociology College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#33 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#103 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

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 )
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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 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 28 to 33 )
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36

Can I Afford University of California - Santa Barbara?

$46,886 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UCSB is $46,886. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

22,601 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23,070 undergraduate students at UCSB, with 22,601 being full-time and 469 being part-time.

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

There are also 2,906 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 22,601 full-time undergraduates at UCSB, 45% are male and 55% 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 4,042
Black or African American 475
Hispanic or Latino 5,941
White 6,867
International Students 2,815
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,461

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Child Development & Psychology 696 0 3 3 702
Sociology 627 0 9 7 643
Economics 582 0 12 5 599
Communication & Media Studies 445 0 5 7 457
Natural Resources Conservation 329 0 76 10 415
General Biology 352 0 0 0 352
International Studies 333 0 8 0 341
Political Science & Government 273 0 10 9 292
General Education 0 69 95 20 184
Statistics 158 0 17 8 183
Physics 144 0 19 17 180
Computer Science 112 0 43 12 167
History 152 0 3 9 164
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 154 0 1 5 160
General English Literature 148 0 3 6 157
Electrical Engineering 62 0 61 24 147
Mathematics 114 0 14 13 141
Anthropology 124 0 6 6 136
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 84 0 50 0 134
Ethnic Studies 112 0 5 5 122
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 103 0 7 8 118
Chemistry 93 0 6 19 118
Mechanical Engineering 90 0 18 8 116
Fine & Studio Arts 99 0 8 6 113
Applied Mathematics 100 0 1 0 101
Philosophy 93 0 3 3 99
Geography & Cartography 76 0 4 18 98
Chemical Engineering 65 0 0 14 79
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 70 0 1 3 74
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 59 0 4 11 74
Romance Languages 68 0 0 0 68
Geological & Earth Sciences 52 0 5 6 63
Computer Engineering 51 0 0 0 51
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 42 0 5 2 49
Drama & Theater Arts 40 0 3 3 46
Music 22 0 8 6 36
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 35 0 0 0 35
Religious Studies 25 0 5 5 35
Materials Sciences 0 0 5 28 33
Area Studies 19 0 8 0 27
Pharmacology & Toxicology 25 0 0 0 25
Zoology 23 0 0 0 23
Other Psychology 0 5 5 10 20
East Asian Languages 17 0 0 2 19
Classical Languages & Literature 11 0 0 3 14
Dance 14 0 0 0 14
Germanic Languages 13 0 0 0 13
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 5 3 8
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 5 0 0 0 5
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 4 0 0 0 4
Business/Managerial Economics 4 0 0 0 4
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 2 2
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 1 1
Communication Sciences 1 0 0 0 1
Medieval Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6,327 74 541 327 7,269

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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