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University of California - Santa Barbara
  • 4 Year
  • SANTA BARBARA, CA

Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade A
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade A+
  7. Professors
    grade A
  8. Location
    grade A minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade A minus
  11. Student Life
    grade A+
  12. Safety
    grade C+

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UC Santa Barbara is a highly rated public university located in Isla Vista, California in the Santa Barbara Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 22,846 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the UC Santa Barbara acceptance rate is 30%. Popular majors include Sociology, Economics, and Research and Experimental Psychology. Graduating 83% of students, UC Santa Barbara alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,000.

About

5221 CHEADLE HALL
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93106
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference

University of California - Santa Barbara Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

UCSB Admissions

Acceptance Rate
30%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1230-1480
ACT Range
27-34
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$16,767 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$20,253 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
63%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 247 responses
38%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 282 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 282 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    2%
  • On Campus
    98%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
22,846 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
503
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 180 responses
  • Work hard, party hard
    31%
  • Studious, but can party
    17%
  • Balanced
    15%
  • Party hard, study harder
    14%
  • Everyone's different
    8%
  • Athletic, smart, liberal, good-looking
    5%
  • Extremely chill
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 382 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 424 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 178 responses
  • Work hard play hard
    52%
  • Balance work and play
    31%
  • Awesome
    5%
  • Study hard in the most beautiful environment
    3%
  • Many options
    2%
  • "Sleep when you're dead" - School's motto
    2%
  • Undescribable
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,300 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
83%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
61%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 158 responses

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