University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

UC Santa Barbara is a public, comprehensive university. Founded as a Normal School in 1909, it joined the University of California system in 1944. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Creative Studies, Engineering, and Letters and Science. Its 989-acre campus is located in Santa Barbara, 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

Website: www.ucsb.edu/

Public
Co-ed
22,186
Undergraduate
Students
(54.1%) 12,012 Women
(45.9%) 10,174 Men
2,871
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
33% of 80,319 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
4.08
SAT Math
620-760 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
28 average
26-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $33,441
Out-of-state: $62,433
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,424
Out-of-state: $43,416
Room and Board
$15,273
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Freshman Award
$25,797
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$20,004
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
994
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 9% of classes
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Campus Life

Santa Barbara Population
89,639
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
38% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Gaucho
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
Not reported
International Students
Not reported
First-Year Students Returning
92.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
70.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science    
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies    
History 2  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required December 30
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Recommended
SAT Essay Component Policy Essay component required
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1210 Cheadle Hall
City, State, Zip
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2014
Phone
(805) 893-2881
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions@sa.ucsb.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 31
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
33% of 80,319 applicants were admitted
Women
35% of 43,440 applicants were admitted
Men
30% of 36,879 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,538 (17%) of 26,295 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,628 (17%) of 15,387 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,910 (18%) of 10,908 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
6,650
Students Accepting Wait List Position
4,000
Students Admitted From Wait List
960

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
4.08
3.75 and Above
86%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
620-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
46%
Score of 600 - 700
35%
Score of 500 - 600
18%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
36%
Score of 600 - 700
49%
Score of 500 - 600
14%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
28 average
26-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
51%
Score of 24 - 29
35%
Score of 18 - 23
13%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 100%
Top quarter: 100%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $33,441
Out-of-state: $62,433
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,424
Out-of-state: $43,416
Room and Board
$15,273
Books and Supplies
$1,158
Other Expenses
$2,586
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
ugadms@sa.ucsb.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2
Final deadline May 31
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning -100
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001320
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
3,730 (75.3%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
2,864 (73.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,770 (96.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
520 (24.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$25,797
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,701 (97.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,635
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 69.5% of aid recipients, average amount $7,191
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 2.1% of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
99 (1.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,873

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
15,046 (69.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
12,836 (85.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
12,589 (97.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,185 (20.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
80%
Average Award
$23,998
Need-Based Gift
Received by 12,244 (97.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,707
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 63.8% of aid recipients, average amount $6,536
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1.5% of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
511 (2.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,089

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
50%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$20,004
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Quarter
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Actuarial Science
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, Other
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biopsychology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Communication, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Developmental Biology and Embryology
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • History, General
  • History, Other
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • International/Global Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Physiology, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
  • Women's Studies
  • Zoology/Animal Biology
Most Popular Disciplines
 
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
994
Part-Time Faculty
169
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
85%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 9% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 6% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 27% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 57% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 8% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Science

Master's Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Economics
  • Finance and Banking
  • Geography
  • International Affairs
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Theater
  • Transportation Management
  • Women's Studies

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Economics
  • Finance and Banking
  • Geography
  • International Affairs
  • Linguistics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Theater
  • Transportation Management
  • Women's Studies

Location and Setting


Santa Barbara Population
89,639
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
989 acres

Weather

Temperature
40.1 average low in January, 75.2 average high in September
Rain
33 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
 
Nearest Train Station
 

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, cooperative housing
Students in College Housing
38% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
62%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Gaucho
School Colors
Blue and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf     x x
Gymnastics x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x x x
Water Polo x x x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf    
Gymnastics x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Water Polo x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Gymnastics x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Water Polo x x
Women's Club Sports
bowling, crew, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, lacrosse, sailing, skiing (downhill), ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
bowling, crew, equestrian sports, fencing, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), ultimate Frisbee

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, cross-country running, football, golf, gymnastics, racquetball, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
22,186
Women
12,012 (54.1%)
Men
10,174 (45.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
21,776
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
Not reported
International Students.
Not reported
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
2,871

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
92.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
70.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
83.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
86.5%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 3%
Law 4%
Arts and Sciences 8%
Medicine 4%
Education 7%
Other 3%

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