University Of California Santa Barbara

University Of California Santa Barbara

University of California - Santa Barbara, popularly known as UC Santa Barbara or UCSB, is a public research university. It was established in 1905 as an independent teachers college named Santa Barbara State College. It joined the University of California in 1944. The institution grants admission to over 15,000 students annually. It offers programs in mathematics, science, conservation and resource, liberal arts, and fine arts.

The sports teams are known as the Gauchos and have a mascot of the same name. Students participate in various sports programs such as alpine racing, cycling, lacrosse, fencing, field hockey, roller hockey, triathlon, rugby, sailing, soccer, water ski, and rowing.

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Contacting UC Santa Barbara

University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara , CA 93106
General Phone: (805) 893-8000

UC Santa Barbara Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts2,197Asian studies, Near/Middle east studies, Italian studies, area studies, African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, Asian-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, ...
Science665biology, biochemistry, biochem/biophysics courses, anatomical sciences, microbiology, zoology, physiology, pharmacology, marine biology, ...
Business and Management615managerial economics
Therapy and Counseling445psychology, psychobiology, psychology courses
Engineering334chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science
Media316communication studies
Education and Teaching261education, educational administration
Religion and Philosophy175philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management166environmental studies, environmental science
Law162legal studies
Fine Arts146fine arts, art history and criticism
Mathematics146mathematics, applied mathematics, applied mathematics courses, statistics
Computer Science and Engineering137computer science, computer engineering
Photography and Commercial Art137film studies
Drama and Performing Arts64dance, drama
Music53music, music theory and composition
Art Studies7art studies

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,97770
Master's degree57845
Doctor's degree34638
Postbaccalaureate certificate1143
Post-master's certificate112

UC Santa Barbara Student Body

In 2007-2008, UC Santa Barbara had a total enrollment of 21,410 students (22,512 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 51%
Black 3%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 15%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 36%
20-21 35%
22-24 14%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

UC Santa Barbara Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %
Part-Time 60 %

UC Santa Barbara Room and Board (2007)

UC Santa Barbara offers campus housing for 7,124 of its 22,512 (full-time) students.

(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.

UC Santa Barbara Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530640
SAT Math540660
SAT Writing530640
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2329
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT40%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UC Santa Barbara Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,386
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,994
Room and board $ 12,485
Books and supplies $ 1,549
Other expenses $ 4,033

Financial Aid:
UC Santa Barbara participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 132000)

UC Santa Barbara Faculty

UC Santa Barbara has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7149
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5162

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*1*

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

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year383$131,080106$119,018
Associate professoracademic year103$78,96175$76,292
Assistant professoracademic year65$76,80047$70,178
Lectureracademic year62$63,80275$60,274
All faculty totalacademic year613$109,763303$86,326

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

UC Santa Barbara Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Big West Conference
Baseball Big West Conference
Track Big West Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports8990179

UC Santa Barbara Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Managerial Economics

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General

Chemical Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Area Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Asian-American Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
History, Other
International/Global Studies
Italian Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Portuguese Language and Literature
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Microbiology, General
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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