Santa Barbara City College

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School Overview

Santa Barbara City College is a community college located on a 74-acre beachside campus in Santa Barbara, California. Founded in 1909, the school’s name is commonly abbreviated SBCC.

SBCC is a two-year community college that offers a variety of programs and guidance to help students achieve academic success. This includes specialized focus on four key areas: students’ learning outcomes, high rates of degree completion and transfer of credits, minority student success, and career skills and job placement.

SBCC hosts athletic competition through the Western States Conference. Women can participate in sports such as basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf and track and field. Male sports include, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, track and field and volleyball. Both male and female soccer teams won the Western State Championship in 2011, the first time in conference history when a single school won both titles.

General Information

Admission Office

721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
(805) 965-0581
Fax: (805) 963-7222

Contact: Allison Curtis
Director of Admissions and Records
Main Address

721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
(805) 965-0581


Total undergrads: 19,093
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,292
Degree-seeking undergrads: 11,298


Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

A note about the college’s admission requirements: Special requirements for hotel/restaurant/culinary, nursing, radiography, early childhood education, cosmetology, marine diving technology programs. Criteria vary by program.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $630 $632 $814 $814 0.00%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $2,016 $2,198 $2,452 $2,434 -0.73%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 529 28%
Grant or scholarship aid 524 28% $1,496,920 $2,857
• Federal grants 294 16% $1,044,328 $3,552
• Pell grants 294 16% $999,928 $3,401
• Other federal grants 85 4% $44,400 $522
Local and state government scholarships or grants 477 25% $416,292 $873
Institutional scholarships or grants 38 2% $36,300 $955
Student loan financial aid 188 10% $903,983 $4,808
• Federal student loans 188 10% $903,983 $4,808
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1194 992
Agriculture 7 1
Applied Horticulture/horticulture Operations 1
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 4
Plant Nursery Operations and Management 3
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Ethnic Studies 2
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7
Biology and Biological Sciences 7
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 43 54
Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping 8
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Studies 3
Banking and Financial Support Services 3
Business Administration and Management 14 5
Hospitality Administration/management 1
International Business 2
Real Estate 2 1
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 15 39
Small Business Administration/management 1 3
Communication and Journalism Studies 80 12
Broadcast Journalism 2 3
Journalism 7 9
Speech Communication 71
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 3 6
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 2 6
Photographic and Film/video Technology/technician and Assistant 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 14 8
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance
Computer Programming/programmer 1
Computer Science 3
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 8 7
Information Technology 3
Engineering 10
Pre-engineering 10
Engineering Technology 7 5
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 7 5
English Language and Literature/letters 13
English Language and Literature 13
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 12
French Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 11
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 144 114
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 10
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 40 7
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 13 41
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/coder 40
Radiologic Technology/science – Radiographer 32
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 54
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling 5 16
History 6
History 6
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 19 3
Criminal Justice/police Science 19 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 476 683
Humanities/humanistic Studies 93 34
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 383 649
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Mathematics 11
Mechanics and Repairers 4
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 124 14
Biological and Physical Sciences 124 14
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Environmental Studies 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 5
Health and Physical Education/fitness 5
Personal and Culinary Services 8 42
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts 7 9
Cosmetology/cosmetologist 1 33
Physical Sciences 18
Chemistry 8
Geology/earth Science 3
Physics 7
Psychology 23
Psychology 23
Social Sciences 93
Anthropology 6
Economics 62
Geography 3
International Relations and Affairs 3
Political Science and Government 14
Sociology 5
Transportation and Materials Moving 8 5
Diver, Professional and Instructor 8 5
Visual and Performing Arts 44 5
Art/art Studies 18
Cinematography and Film/video Production 7
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 5
Film/cinema/video Studies 2
Graphic Design 6
Interior Design 2 5
Music 3
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology 1
Work and Family Studies 14 36
Child Care Provider/assistant 14 36
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Horticultural Services A,C
Horticulture, Ornamental A,C
Landscaping A,C

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies A
Hispanic-American Studies A
Native American Studies A

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General A
Art History/Criticism/Conservation A
Commercial/Advertising Art A,C
Drama/Theater Arts A
Film Studies A,C
Fine/Studio Arts A,C
Graphic Design C
Interior Design A,C
Multimedia A
Music – General A
Theater Design/Stagecraft A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting A,C
Accounting Technology A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Banking/Financial Services A
Business – General A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Finance/Banking A,C
Hospitality/Recreation Marketing A,C
Information Processing/Data Entry C
International Business A
Marketing Management A,C
Office Clerical Services C
Office Management A,C
Real Estate A,C
Sales and Distribution A,C
Sales/Selling Skills A,C
Small Business Administration A,C

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric A
Digital Communications/Multimedia A,C

Communications Technologies
Communications Technologies – General A,C
Computer Typography A
Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation C

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Graphics C
Computer Programming – General C
Computer Science A,C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C
Data Processing Technology A,C
Networking/LAN/WAN Management C

Early Childhood Education A,C
Kindergarten/Preschool Education A,C
Physical Education A

Computer Engineering – General A
Engineering – General A
Marine Engineering/Naval Architecture A

Engineering Technologies
Automotive Engineering Technology A,C
Biomedical Engineering Technology A,C
Computer Engineering A,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C
Engineering Technology – General A,C
Water Quality/Treatment C

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General A
Speech/Rhetorical Studies A

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Care Management A,C
Child Development C
Institutional Food Production A,C

Foreign Language & Literature
French A
Spanish A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine A,C
Diagnostic Medical Sonography A
Emergency Medical Technology C
Home Attendant C
Massage Therapy C
Medical Insurance Billing C
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Records Technology C
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical A,C
Nursing Assistance C
Recreational Therapy A
Substance Abuse Counseling A,C

History – General A

Law & Legal Studies
Law & Legal Studies – General A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Automotive Technology A,C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair A,C

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies A,C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences A
Health/Physical Fitness A,C
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General A

Personal & Culinary Services
Cosmetology A,C
Culinary Arts/Related Services A,C
Institutional Food Service A,C

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy A

Physical Sciences
Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A

Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services
Public Administration A

Science Technologies
Biology Technician A

Security & Protective Services
Law Enforcement Administration A,C

Social Sciences
Anthropology A
Economics A
Geography A
Political Science/Government A
Sociology A

Transportation & Materials Moving
Diving – Professional/Instruction A,C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas 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.

Santa Barbara City College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(805) 965-0581
Type of School:2-year, Public
Address:721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:16,642
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:45 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:10,996 (66% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$1,374
Out-of-state Tuition:$8,326
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:46%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,445

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Santa Barbara City College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Santa Barbara City College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences13
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services119
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs23
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services42
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services44
Construction Trades11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields21
English Language and Literature/Letters21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences31
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics13
Health Professions and Related Programs65
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities32
Mathematics and Statistics11
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies12
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Personal and Culinary Services22
Philosophy and Religious Studies11
Physical Sciences13
Social Sciences36
Transportation and Materials Moving11
Visual and Performing Arts38
Grand total5968

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Santa Barbara City College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Santa Barbara City College 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 Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,680

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,00746%
Grant or scholarship aid92042%$4,445
Student loan aid28713%$5,018

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid8,76748%$3,079
Federal student loans1,6909%$6,031

Admissions & Enrollment

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

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

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

Santa Barbara City College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment16,642
Undergraduate enrollment16,642
Graduate enrollment0

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

Santa Barbara City College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

*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. 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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