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University of California - Santa Barbara

University of California - Santa Barbara

+1 805-893-8000

Santa Barbara, CA USA 93106

Founded in 1909, the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a public institution, located in Santa Barbara, California. Just 100 miles north of Los Angeles, UCSB is known for its picturesque location and dynamic student culture. The university is also home to robust programs in physics, chemistry, and economics, and its faculty includes multiple Nobel Prize recipients. Notable alumni include musician Jack Johnson, Oscar Award winner Michael Douglas, and Nobel Laureate Carol W. Greider.

Ranked 36 in the nation, UCSB is a selective school. Its acceptance rate is 37%. Its graduation rate is 81%. UCSB’s in-state tuition is $14,416 per year, plus fees; its out-of-state tuition is $44,170 per year, plus fees. A total of 26,179 students are enrolled. Over 90 undergraduate programs and more than 50 graduate programs are available. UCSB follows a quarter-based academic calendar.

UCSB’s campus sprawls across nearly 1,000 acres, and it’s located high on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Students can get involved in more than 400 clubs and organizations on campus. UCSB’s Greek community comprises about 10% of undergraduate students. UCSB provides housing to about 30% of students in eight residence halls and several university apartment complexes. The UCSB Gauchos compete mostly in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. Their women’s basketball team and men’s soccer team are particularly successful. Non-varsity students can join a club team such as cycling, surfing, rugby or ski and snowboard. Off-campus, the city of Santa Barbara provides a vibrant nightlife, diverse entertainment, and unique restaurants. Downtown’s Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings reflect the city’s Spanish colonial heritage. State Street is a popular attraction, with upscale boutiques and cafes. Plus, the Santa Ynez Mountains are an easy drive away.

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