Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College, or SBCC, is a two-year community college founded in 1909. The campus covers 74 acres. SBCC offers associate degrees in English, social sciences, computer science, engineering, physics, and occupational and technological training. The college enrolls more than 15,000 students.

The Channels is the student-run newspaper of Santa Barbara City College. Some of the alumni of the college have gone on to become famous personalities including figures like Eion Bailey, American actor; Ozzy Lusth, of Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Micronesia; and Airin Older, bassist of Sugarcult.

SBCC offers more than 15 sports for men and women. The sports teams are nicknamed the Vaqueros.

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Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara , CA 93109-2394
General Phone: (805) 965-0581

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Santa Barbara City College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts984minority and gender studies, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine192EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant, home health aide
Medical Support and Technology95medical coding, sonography and ultrasound tech, radiographer
Business and Management86business, business management, accounting, small business management, banking, international business, sales and marketing
Medical Administration39medical records tech
Beauty and Cosmetology37cosmetology
Family and Social Work35child development
Therapy and Counseling31psychology, substance abuse counseling
Computer Science and Engineering30computer and info science, information technology, computer programming, computer science, computer graphics, computer networking, computer support
Cooking and Culinary Arts29culinary arts
Transportation29professional diver
Science21biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Media19journalism, broadcast journalism, digital communications, communication and journalism, animation and special effects
Mechanics and Repair18automobile mechanics
Photography and Commercial Art16film studies, cinematography
Engineering Technician15water quality and recycling tech, drafting
Art Studies14art studies
Landscaping and Horticulture13applied horticulture, landscaping, plant nursery
Security and Law Enforcement12criminal justice and police
Design8interior design, graphic design
Office and Administration6administrative assistant
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Hospitality4hospitality management
Music4music, music management
Real Estate and Construction Management3real estate
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy2health and physical education
Drama and Performing Arts1drama, theatre design
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies
Agricultural Science and Management0crop production
Science and Laboratory Technician0science tech
Education and Teaching0education courses
Construction Trades0electrician
Medicine0medical preparatory

Number of programs and degrees for Santa Barbara City College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years22723
Associate's degree1,34465
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years048
Award of less than 1 academic year20311

Santa Barbara City College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Santa Barbara City College had a total enrollment of 21,632 students (11,218 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 52%
Black 3%
Hispanic 28%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 9%
18-19 20%
20-21 15%
22-24 10%
25-29 9%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 9%
50-64 10%
65+ 7%

Santa Barbara City College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %
Part-Time 51 %

Santa Barbara City College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Santa Barbara, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Santa Barbara City College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 630
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,068
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
Santa Barbara City College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 128500)

Santa Barbara City College Faculty

Santa Barbara City College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2832
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2243

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year117$81,933129$77,613
All faculty totalacademic year117$81,933129$77,613

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Santa Barbara City College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Crop Production

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Construction Trades

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Education, Other

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Mgmt & Recycling Tech

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Nursery Operations and Management

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Broadcast Journalism
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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