University of California, Santa Barbara


The University of California, Santa Barbara (or UCSB) is mainly a public land-grant research university in Santa Barbara, California. It is regarded as a Public Ivy. 

UC Santa Barbara is organised into three undergraduate colleges (College of Engineering, College of Letters and Science, and College of Creative Studies). It has two graduate schools (Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and Bren School of Environmental Science & Management). This university gives more than 200 degrees and programs each year.

UCSB is grouped among "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity". The university has around ten national research centres, including the Dynamical-Systems and Computation, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Center for Control. They have several organised research units (ORUs) researching neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, marine science, and more.

According to the National Science Foundation, UC Santa Barbara spent 235 million USD on research and development in 2018, ranking it 100th overall in the nation. UCSB was the No. 2 host on the ARPAnet and was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1995.

The faculty of this university includes two Emmy and Academy Award winners and recipients of a Millennium Technology Prize, a National Medal of Technology and Innovation, an IEEE Medal of Honor, and a Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.


The UC Santa Barbara enrols 23,196 undergraduates and 2,983 graduate students in the fall.

Admission to UC Santa Barbara is rated as "most selective" by United States News & World Report.

The GPA and test scores for the middle 25%-75% of enrolled students are as follows: range of enrolled freshmen SAT scores is 630-730 for evidence-based writing and reading, 650-790 for math, while the ACT composite middle 60% range is 26–31.


There are 8 residence halls at UCSB, seven of which are located on the main campus.

Santa Catalina residence hall is located around the entrance to West Campus North of Isla Vista. It has its own Portola Dining Commons, a heated swimming pool, numerous study rooms, two lounges, a gym, two recreational rooms, tennis courts, and an expensive lawn. 

The university also has four housing complexes for graduate students and their families. These are Santa Ynez Apartments, El Dorado Apartments, San Clemente Villages for single graduate students, Westgate Apartments, and family student housing: The Storke Apartment complexes and West Campus Apartments.

Students may also choose to rent housing in the border community of Isla Vista. An average rent cost is 500 USD to 800 USD a month to share a bedroom, including trash pickup and water utilities.


This institute does very well in international and national rankings. Following is a quick overview of their national and international rankings.

  • 2nd best by U.S. News & World Report for UCSB's graduate programs in Chemical Engineering
  • 3rd best by The Princeton's Review
  • 129th in the world by QS World University Rankings
  • 114th in the nation by Forbes Magazine


University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara-Isla Vista, California, 93106, United States

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