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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
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 22,601 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Santa Barbara acceptance rate is 32%. Popular majors include Sociology, Economics, and Research and Experimental Psychology. Graduating 82% of students, UC Santa Barbara alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,000.
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
32%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1230-1460
ACT Range
27-33
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,912/ 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
$19,678/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
63%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
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.281 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.281 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
22,601Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
469
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 179 responses
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  • 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
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.381 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.423 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 178 responses
Report
  • Work hard play hard
    52%
  • Balance work and play
    31%
  • Awesome
    6%
  • Study hard in the most beautiful environment
    3%
  • Many options
    2%
  • Undescribable
    2%
  • "Sleep when you're dead" - School's motto
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
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.159 responses
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University of California - Santa Barbara Reviews

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UCSB is an excellent research school with a beautiful environment. Most of the courses have to be self-study but there are a lot of friendly instructors. Some of the departments are very competitive and those employees are icy-colds, such as Economic, Math and Biology. The College of Engineering is very popular. The mood of this school is not as relax as others described. Definitely a party school, there are so many parties and bars around the campus. Study hard, Play hard. UC Santa Barbara has rich natural resources. If you're learning Geography, Environmental Studies, or Earth Sciences, you'll own many learning opportunities. Security is good. Campus Point is a super nice place, you need to visit there!
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UCSB has this aura surrounding it that makes it enchanted. The skies are usually clear and the weather is splendid to the point that some people could get sick of the sunny weather, but not many do! Many professors express enthusiasm for their subject; however that does not include the math department. Those professors in humanities have passions for social justice primarily, but everyone on campus believes in improvement, hence the organized demonstrations that occur quarterly. We are a united, diverse campus that voices concerns in regard to any social reform. Just recently, we joined UCSC by standing in solidarity with the graduate students fighting for COLA. This campus may have difficult courses, but the resources available to its students has made it manageable to keep up with course material. The CLAS program is especially useful in my case for chemistry and math. The extra practice and one-on-one attention keeps me motivated and productive.
Our academics here at UCSB rank among the top in the entire nation. You will not be disappointed with the quality of education you will get.

We are among the most diverse campuses in the local area. Everyone on campus is involved and welcoming to every type of student. You will find someone just like you here.

Our athletics are amazing! Our basketball team made it to the sweet 16 and our sports scene is very vibrant. GO TO THE SOCCER GAMES. You wont regret it.

The professors here are some of the top researchers in their fields.

Plenty of dorms and undergraduate housing near or on campus. Including the local college community of Isla Vista.

We have a college police force as well as an Isla Vista police force that establish safety for the students.

UCSB will not disappoint you. Just come and check out the campus, or check it out while you are on vacation! We all know you will probably come to Santa Barbara for your next vacation! Even if you’re a local ;) Good luck!