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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.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students21,574
   Women11,514 (53.4%)
   Men10,060 (46.6%)
Graduate Students2,772


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate36% of 77,098 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineNovember 30
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA4.02 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math646 average
580-720 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading619 average
560-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing630 average
570-680 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite28 average
25-31 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $31,552
Out-of-state: $58,234
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,014
Out-of-state: $40,696
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met81%
Average Freshman Award$24,479
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemQuarter
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 21% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 9% of classes


Santa Barbara Population89,639
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 95% of freshmen, 38% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities4% of women participate
Fraternities 2% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
22.5% Asian
2.5% Black/African-American
28.8% Hispanic/Latino
6.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
37.5% White
1.6% Unknown
International Students8.4% from 81 countries
First-Year Students Returning92.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.63 3.96 662 648 29
Low 2.57 2.80 250 450 16
High 4.00 5.00 800 770 36
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• With over 250 student organizations, from the Academy of Film Geeks to the Zen Sitting Group, UCSB has something for everyone.

• Each year UCSB hosts the free Student Leadership Expo to help students network and acquire information and skills they can use to become successful leaders.

• The UCSB campus is linked with seven miles of bikeways.

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