University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Large
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Quarter
Total enrollment 24,346
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 18:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 9,451 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

University of California-Santa Barbara is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 77,112 applications and only 27,581 students were granted admission. University of California-Santa Barbara is at the #34 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 55% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 81% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1120 to 1390
ACT27 to 32

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

University of California-Santa Barbara charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $37,902 and in-state students paid $11,220.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 70% of University of California-Santa Barbara's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 39% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,797 (which is 8.2% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at University of California-Santa Barbara in 2016-2017, was 1,775, which is 40% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,141 (which is 3% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, University of California-Santa Barbara has enrolled a total of 24,346 students (23,803 students full-time and 543 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 24,346 students, 2,044 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 48% men and 52% women and 21,574 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 2,772 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 35%

Hispanic: 24%

Asian: 17%

Non-resident alien: 10%

Two or more races: 8%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Black/African American: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at University of California-Santa Barbara.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 19% 555
Social Sciences 12% 339
Psychology 5% 150
Physical Sciences 5% 136
Engineering 4% 129
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4% 122
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 4% 114
Natural Resources And Conservation 4% 109
Visual And Performing Arts 4% 109
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 4% 106

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of University of California-Santa Barbara full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of University of California-Santa Barbara graduates 6 years after enrollment is $36,000. Last year, out of the total 4,496 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 4,046 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 5,095 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 4,586 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $36,000 $52,500
Employment Rate 90% 90%
Total Graduates 4,496 5,095

Campus Location

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