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University of California, Santa Barbara

Welcome to UC Santa Barbara – where the land meets the sea, where brilliant minds meet each other, and where academic excellence and social engagement unite to spark creativity and discovery.

Bachelor's programmes

Computer Science & IT (4)
Business & Management (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

About

History

Continuing its evolution from an 1890s-born manual training school, the renamed Santa Barbara State Teachers College begins to grow its curriculum toward liberal arts education and to award four-year degrees.

Education

At UC Santa Barbara, academics shine as brightly as the sun over our slice of California coastline. From hard sciences to studio art and all points in between, educational opportunities abound. We offer more than 200 majors, degrees and credentials — discover one that matches your passion.

Research

We are innovative and entrepreneurial and the world knows it. UC Santa Barbara is a tier one research university, globally renowned — and ranked — for our impact across the disciplines. Our advances are changing lives and paving the way to a better future.

A researcher’s toolbox is invaluable. Stock it with the crucial implements to develop and submit your proposal, manage your award and protect your intellectual property. We have the expertise and resources to help. UC Santa Barbara was awarded $184.5 million in funding for sponsored projects in 2017.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
41 -4
2019
37 -9
2018
28
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
48 -2
2018
46 -1
2017
45
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
57 -5
2019
52 1
2018
53
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
135 -3
2019
132 2
2018
134
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

The Division of Student Affairs strives to support every student's success through a wide range of educational programs, resources, and services critical to student enrollment, persistence, and graduation. Students are encouraged to become familiar with all Student Affairs units early in their UCSB experience. 

Housing services

Would you rather focus on studying and not have to worry about co-signing leases, figuring out utility bills with your roommates, buying furniture, etc? If so, live in UCSB Housing! As part of the University, we are here for you for your entire UCSB experience. We have the 2&2 plan to maximize your housing experience at a great value. Students who live in the residence halls for 2 years are guaranteed housing in UCSB apartments for their 3rd and 4th years.

Library services

UCSB Library, always looking ahead, has created a roadmap to its future as a 21st-century learning and service destination. During the 2013-14 academic year, the Library led high-level conversations with campus stakeholders — students, faculty, and administrators — to analyze recent survey data and to help sketch key priorities and directions. 

ICT services

UC Santa Barbara is focused on giving its employees the opportunity to grow in their various roles through free continued education and professional peer mentorship.

The University takes steps to ensure the security of our infrastructure and systems, but cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone can take a few simple steps to make the internet more secure.

Medical services

Studying isn’t the only key to success at UCSB. Health is crucial, too. We foster a learning and living environment that’s good for the whole you — mind, body and spirit — to nurture your academic development, resilience, and well-being.

Student Life

Campus life

To us, an education extends far beyond the classroom. From our 500 student organizations to our record-setting Gaucho soccer crowds, UC Santa Barbara is culturally enriching and socially engaging.

Get your culture on every day of the week. Our campus is an endless fount of programming, courtesy of venues including the MultiCultural Center, Pollock Theater, and the Art, Design & Architecture Museum — plus abundant offerings from almost every department. Top it off with the venerable UCSB Arts & Lectures program and you’re going to be endlessly busy, and loving it.

Sports facilities

National champions in soccer. Titans of the Big West. College World Series, anyone? From tennis to swimming, basketball to baseball to the track and back, UCSB boasts stellar athletics — and some of the best crowds in college sports.

Student clubs

Student chapters of a number of engineering professional organizations are active on the UCSB campus. Students interested in any of these organizations may contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies of the College of Engineering for more information.

Student Reviews

Discovering New Avenues through the UC System
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I appreciated how my program emphasized research based approaches to Psychology, but that was due to the fact that I attended a research-based University. I realized that my style was not to be a researcher, but to be an individual who worked in the field with an emphasis on Applied-Psychology. My overall experience was a great learning process, but assisted in showing me...

Holistic education
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was good experience overall. The environment was a good place to build socials skills as interactions with others from all walks of life were encouraged.

UCSB-- The place to be
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

UCSB provided me with the serious education required to become a successful leader while also allowing me to explore and discover. My time in Santa Barbara taught me how, with hard work and determination, you can achieve anything.

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