UCSB

University of California - Santa Barbara

1101 Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building, Santa Barbara, United States
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  • Total Documents
    9,665
  • Class Notes
    6,368
  • Textbook Notes
    680
  • Study Guides
    2,589
  • Currently Enrolled
    3,285
  • Previously Enrolled
    2,546

Overview of University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB)

About this school

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 Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:22,186
    • Men:10,174 Men (45.9%)
    • Women:12,012 Women (54.1%)

Location

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Admission Information (UCSB)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of California, Santa Barbara is 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

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
-
-
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
-
-
History
2
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
December 30
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Recommended
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy
ACT: Used for admission

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1210 Cheadle Hall
City, State, Zip
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2014
Phone
(805) 893-2881
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


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


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
4.08
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
620-760 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
46%
• Score 600 - 700
35%
• Score 500 - 600
18%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
36%
• Score 600 - 700
49%
• Score 500 - 600
14%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid (UCSB)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $14,472|Out-of-state: $42,486 (39.32%)
  • Room & Board: - $15,673 (42.59%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,157 (3.14%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $5,502 (14.95%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of California, Santa Barbara accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2 | Final deadline May 31
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001320
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
3,399 (75.3%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,495 (73.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,417 (96.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
593 (24.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
82%
Average Award
$25,612
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,345 (97.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $21,041
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,679 (69.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,337
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 50 (2.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
87 (1.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,792

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
15,113 (69.4%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
12,942 (85.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
12,665 (97.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,562 (20.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$23,771
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 12,311 (97.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,029
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 8,076 (63.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,653
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 191 (1.5%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
425 (2.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,181

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
51%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$20,665
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, endowed and restricted scholarships and grants
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (UCSB)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Quarter

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of California, Santa Barbara provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


92.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


70.1%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


83.2%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


86.5%

Programs & Majors (UCSB)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (75)


  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, Other
  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biopsychology
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • 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
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • International/Global Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Legal Studies, General
  • 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
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Physiology, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public/Applied History
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Women's Studies
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

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


Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts

Master's Programs of Study (62)


  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Languages
  • Asian Studies
  • Bioengineering
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Finance and Banking
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • International Affairs
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management of Technology
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Photonics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Religion
  • School Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Transportation Management
  • Women's Studies

Campus Life (UCSB)

Location & Geography

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

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
-
Nearest Train Station
-

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, cooperative housing

Students of College Housing


38% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


62%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

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


University of California, Santa Barbara offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


21,776

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
22,186
Women
12,012
Men
10,174

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • Not reported

International Students


Not reported

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


2,871

Student Resources (UCSB)

Study resources

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