University of California – Santa Barbara

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School Overview

Often referred to as UC Santa Barbara or just UCSB, the University of California, Santa Barbara, is 4-year public research university that is part of the 10 campus University of California system. UCSB’s central campus rests on approximately 1,022 acres in Goleta, California, about 10 miles outside of Santa Barbara and about 100 miles north of the city of Los Angeles. The University was first established as an independent teachers’ college in 1891 and later became UC Santa Barbara when it joined the University of California system in 1944. UC Santa Barbara is the 3rd oldest campus in the UC system.

General Information

Admission Office

1210 Cheadle Hall

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2014

(805) 893-2881

Fax: (805) 893-2676



Contact: Christine Van Gieson

Director of Admissions
Main Address

552 University Road

Santa Barbara, CA 93106

(805) 893-8000

www.ucsb.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 18,892

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,385

Degree-seeking undergrads: 18,888

Graduate enrollment: 2,976

Setting

Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 49%

Percent students who return for sophomore year: 91%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $7,896 $8,386 $9,722 $11,686 +20.20%
Books and Supplies $1,513 $1,549 $1,596 $1,606 +0.63%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $11,946 $12,485 $12,765 $13,113 +2.73%
Other $3,632 $4,033 $3,846 $3,936 +2.34%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,415 $9,707 $10,109 $10,348 +2.36%
Other $4,119 $4,236 $4,359 $4,453 +2.16%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $24,987 $26,453 $27,929 $30,341 +8.64%
In-state Off Campus $22,943 $23,878 $25,786 $28,093 +8.95%
In-state with Family $9,409 $9,935 $11,318 $13,292 +17.44%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $9,342
In-state Student Fees $1,622
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $24,444
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,622

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,774 64%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,192 50% $29,401,439 $13,413
• Federal grants 1,253 29% $5,559,020 $4,437
• Pell grants 1,230 28% $4,634,164 $3,768
• Other federal grants 1,149 26% $924,856 $805
Local and state government scholarships or grants 1,320 30% $6,338,234 $4,802
Institutional scholarships or grants 2,119 49% $17,504,185 $8,261
Student loan financial aid 1,830 42% $7,784,924 $4,254
• Federal student loans 1,784 41% $7,217,848 $4,046
• Other student loans 118 3% $567,076 $4,806

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 5448 574 292 87
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 216 17
Black/African-American Studies 32
Area Studies, Other 22 4
Asian Studies 10 6
Asian-American Studies 29
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 71 7
Italian Studies 17
Middle Eastern Studies 5
Women’s Studies 30
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 406 18 23
Aquatic Biology/Limnology 36
Biochemistry 39
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other 27 1 4
Biology and Biological Sciences 179
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other 21 11 5
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 15 3 6
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 3 8
Microbiology 17
Pharmacology 29
Physiology 5
Zoology/Animal Biology 38
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 643
Business/Managerial Economics 643
Communication and Journalism Studies 370 8 5
Speech Communication 370 8 5
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 41 35 10
Computer Science 41 35 10
Education 98 31 59
General Education 98 27 59
Educational Leadership, Management and Administration 4
Engineering 180 66 40
Chemical Engineering 40 2 6
Computer Engineering 23
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 45 57 26
Mechanical Engineering 72 7 8
English Language and Literature/Letters 234 14 14
English Language and Literature 234 14 14
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 317 27 4 3
Chinese Language and Literature 9
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 28 4
Comparative Literature 42 4 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1
French Language and Literature 30 2 1
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 12
Japanese Language and Literature 15
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 3
Linguistics 35 4 3
Portuguese Language and Literature 2
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 10
Spanish Language and Literature 131 13
History 226 12 19
History 216 12 19
History, Other 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 10 12
Mathematics and Statistics 107 30 14
Applied Mathematics 4
Applied Mathematics, Other 26
Mathematics 68 6 12
Statistics 13 20 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 355 21 1 12
International/Global Studies 351 14
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 7 1 12
Natural Resources and Conservation 180 72 3
Environmental Science 72 3
Environmental Studies 180
Physical Sciences 115 32 55
Chemistry 32 7 15
Chemistry, Other 4
Geology/Earth Science 21 3 4
Geophysics and Seismology 5
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 4
Materials Science 4 19
Physics 49 18 17
Psychology 498 18 19
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology 91
Psychology 407 4 14
Psychology, Other 14 5
Social Sciences 1129 83 44 1
Anthropology 142 9 4 1
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 18
Economics 12 49 11
Geography 56 9 15
Political Science and Government 307 8 2
Sociology 594 8 12
Visual and Performing Arts 421 23 10
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 81 4 2
Art/Art Studies 9
Dance 18
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 42 2 4
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 154 2
Fine/Studio Arts 82 7
Music Theory and Composition 8
Music 27 8 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Aquatic Biology/Limnology B
Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Ecology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B
Molecular Biology B
Pharmacology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business/Managerial Economics B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Engineering

Chemical Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Italian B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Portuguese B
Russian B
Slavic B
Spanish B

History

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Biopsychology B
Global Studies B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of California-Santa Barbara Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (805) 893-8000
Website: www.ucsb.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad_adm/apply_to_uc.html
Address: 5221 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 25,976
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 82%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 25,611 (99% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $14,391
Out-of-state Tuition: $43,383
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 63%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $19,678

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of California-Santa Barbara Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of California-Santa Barbara.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 842
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1045
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 122
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 111
Education 112
Engineering 433
English Language and Literature/Letters 111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1187
History 212
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 332
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 321
Natural Resources and Conservation 111
Philosophy and Religious Studies 222
Physical Sciences 654
Psychology 1333
Social Sciences 755
Visual and Performing Arts 854
Grand total 3765347

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of California-Santa Barbara and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $14,391
Out-of-state $43,383
Books and supplies $1,157

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $13,554
Out-of-state $28,656

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,839 63%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,505 55% $19,678
Student loan aid 1,688 37% $6,168

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 13,861 62% $18,427
Federal student loans 7,659 35% $5,794

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of California-Santa Barbara. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of California-Santa Barbara students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 92,306 41,568 50,738
Percent admitted 100% 30% 34%
Percent admitted who enrolled 6% 5% 6%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of California-Santa Barbara Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 25,976
Undergraduate enrollment 23,070
Graduate enrollment 2,906

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of California-Santa Barbara Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
    • Professional/Scientific Psychology (PSPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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