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Mechanical Engineering at University of California - Santa Barbara

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Mechanical Engineering at University of California - Santa Barbara

What traits are you looking for in a ME school? To help you decide if University of California - Santa Barbara is right for you, we've gathered the following information about the school's ME program.

UCSB is located in Santa Barbara, California and approximately 25,057 students attend the school each year. In 2019, 90 ME majors received their bachelor's degree from UCSB.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Mechanical Engineering section at the bottom of this page.

UCSB Mechanical Engineering Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in ME
  • Master’s Degree in ME
  • Doctorate Degree in ME

UCSB Mechanical Engineering Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the ME progam at UCSB compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: While rankings may be a good starting point when you're researching a school, they don't necessarily highlight all of a school's strengths. Don't forget to check out the other details that are available for a school to see if it has what you're looking for in a program.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

In terms of overall quality, College Factual ranked the ME major at UCSB at 96 out of the 274 colleges and universities that were analyzed in the report. It is also ranked as the #10 school in California.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Colleges for Mechanical Engineering 159
Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges for Veterans 162
Best Value Colleges for Mechanical Engineering 211
Most Focused Colleges for Mechanical Engineering 308

In 2019, 18 students received their master’s degree in ME from UCSB. This makes it the #125 most popular school for ME master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 8 students who received their doctoral degrees in ME, making the school the #69 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Earnings of UCSB ME Graduates

The median salary of ME students who receive their bachelor's degree at UCSB is $56,600. Unfortunately, this is lower than the national average of $62,400 for all ME students.

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ME Student Demographics at UCSB

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the ME majors at University of California - Santa Barbara.

UCSB Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Program

20% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Of the 90 students who earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCSB in 2018-2019, 80% were men and 20% were women. The typical ME bachelor's degree program is made up of only 16% women. So female students are more repesented at UCSB since its program graduates 4% more women than average.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 30% more racial-ethnic minorities in its ME bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a bachelor's in ME.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mechanical Engineering Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 24
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 16
White 30
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 14

UCSB Mechanical Engineering Master’s Program

17% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
For the most recent academic year available, 83% of ME master's degrees went to men and 17% went to women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Mechanical Engineering Master's Degree Grads

Of the students who received a ME master's degree from UCSB, 56% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level. In the ME master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 22% of degree recipients. That is 6% better than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a master's in ME.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mechanical Engineering Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 10
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

UCSB also has a doctoral program available in ME. In 2019, 8 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That ME Grads May Go Into

A degree in ME can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for CA, the home state for University of California - Santa Barbara.

Occupation Jobs in CA Average Salary in CA
Architectural and Engineering Managers 31,580 $175,010
Cost Estimators 28,660 $78,190
Mechanical Engineers 27,330 $107,370
Aerospace Engineers 11,440 $125,540
Engineering Professors 2,400 $129,790

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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