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  • SANTA BARBARA, CA

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2.8.2024

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Report Card

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

About

1210 CHEADLE HALL
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93106
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference
From University of California - Santa Barbara

WHY UCSB? IS IT BECAUSE OF OUR...

Inspirational Setting?

Academic excellence?

Social Intelligence?

Inclusive Community?

Global Impact?

Balance lifestyle?

THE ANSWER IS "ALL OF THE ABOVE!"

The University of California, Santa Barbara is a leading research institution that also provides a comprehensive liberal arts learning experience. Teaching and research go hand-in-hand at UC Santa Barbara, and a majority of students are involved in the research process during their undergraduate studies.

Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, students have access to a stunning living-learning environment with excellent weather and outdoor recreation.

Almost 90% of UCSB students are undergraduates. About 80% of students live walking, biking and/or skateboarding distance to class. The residential nature of the university means opportunities for undergraduates to shine inside and outside the classroom.

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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.

Admissions

Application Deadline
November 30
Acceptance Rate
29%
SAT Range
1230-1460
ACT Range
28-34
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

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Cost

Net Price
$17,333 / 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
$18,107 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
58%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 258 responses
38%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 306 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 306 responses

Majors

Celebrating Diversity at UCSB

academic spotlight

Discover the diversity of UCSB within our cultural and identity programs. UCSB supports students through numerous resource centers which support students on a personal level. Supporting students means they have the mental health and well being to be and explore their academic curiosities. Explore more about events this winter and spring by clicking on the link below.

Online

Programs Offered Entirely Online
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
    14%
  • On Campus
    85%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
22,458 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
633
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 199 responses
  • Work hard, party hard
    31%
  • Studious, but can party
    18%
  • Party hard, study harder
    16%
  • Balanced
    15%
  • Everyone's different
    8%
  • Athletic, smart, liberal, good-looking
    6%
  • Extremely chill
    4%

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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 406 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 448 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 202 responses
  • Work hard play hard
    50%
  • Balance work and play
    29%
  • Study hard in the most beautiful environment
    6%
  • Awesome
    5%
  • 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
85%
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

University of California - Santa Barbara Reviews

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