University of California-Santa Barbara.

University of California-Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of California-Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara or UCSB) is a public research university in Santa Barbara, California, and one of the ten campuses of the University of California system. Tracing its roots back to 1891 as an independent teachers' college, UCSB joined the University of California system in 1944, and is the third-oldest undergraduate campus in the system. The university is a comprehensive doctoral university and is organized into five colleges and schools offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". According to the National Science Foundation, UC Santa Barbara spent $235 million on research and development in fiscal year 2018, ranking it 100th in the nation. In his 2001 book The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities, author Howard Greene labeled UCSB a "Public Ivy".UC Santa Barbara is a research university with 10 national research centers, including the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Center for Control, Dynamical-Systems and Computation. Current UCSB faculty includes six Nobel Prize laureates, one Fields Medalist, 39 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 27 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and 34 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. UCSB was the No. 3 host on the ARPAnet and was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1995. The faculty also includes two Academy and Emmy Award winners, and recipients of a Millennium Technology Prize, an IEEE Medal of Honor, a National Medal of Technology and Innovation and a Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos compete in the Big West Conference of the NCAA Division I. The Gauchos have won NCAA national championships in men's soccer and men's water polo.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 22,181 students
  • 0.22 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of California-Santa Barbara

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Zoology, and Neuroscience.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

26,846 students out of 81,824 applicants were accepted into University of California-Santa Barbara. They had an average SAT score of 1346. 75% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 59% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Barbara was $42,465, while for in-state students it was $14,451. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $44,899.

The average financial aid at University of California-Santa Barbara is $19,226. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $23,239 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of California-Santa Barbara

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

62% of undergraduate students at University of California-Santa Barbara received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of California-Santa Barbara

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Santa Barbara was of $15,169 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,143.

Diversity at University of California-Santa Barbara

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017