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#78 of 14,131 In the World
#56 of 2,597 In North America
#52 of 2,496 In the United States
#10 of 249 In California
#1 of 3 In Santa Barbara
#5 of 2,870 For Condensed Matter Physics
Top100 For 104 other topics
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Acceptance rate
29%
Aid receiving
58%
Undergraduates
23,091
Graduates
3,033
Male:Female Ratio
44:56
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
www.ucsb.edu

University of California - Santa Barbara Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

University of California - Santa Barbara has an acceptance rate of 29% and is among the top 7% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 29% 26% 32%
Applicants 105,641 47,941 57,700
Admissions 30,824 12,472 18,352
Freshmen enrolled full time 4,886 1,942 2,944
Freshmen enrolled part time 14 9 5

3,596 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

69 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Admissions requirements

College-preparatory program Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT/ACT Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

White 8550 (33%)
Hispanic 6222 (24%)
Asian 4568 (18%)
Nonresident Alien 3491 (13%)
Two or more races 2038 (8%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 675 (3%)
Black or African American 511 (2%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 31 (0.1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 13 (0%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Average aid awarded
$18,107
Students receiving aid
58%

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $11,442$11,442
Tuition in-state $11,442$11,442
Tuition out-of-state $41,196$26,544
Fee in-district $2,975$2,139
Fee in-state $2,975$2,139
Fee out-of-state $2,975$2,139

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 11,031
Combined charge for room and board $16,699

University of California - Santa Barbara majors

University of California - Santa Barbara has granted 6,499 bachelor's degrees across 71 programs, 511 master's across 41 programs, and 287 doctorate degrees across 39 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at University of California - Santa Barbara.

Major Bachelor Master Doctoral
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 674 17 11
Sociology, General 655 6 3
Communication, General 424 3 4
Experimental Psychology 395 6 5
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 373
Environmental Studies 356
Political Science and Government, General 264 10 3
International & Globalization Studies 269 2 1
Statistics, General 242 7 4
Computer Science 170 28 16
Physics, General 144 37 11
Mathematics, General 153 17 5
English Language and Literature, General 160 5 3
Behavioral Neuroscience 167
Film & Cinema & Media Studies 165 1 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 65 55 32
Anthropology, General 145 5
Philosophy 128 1 3
History, General 112 1 10
Chemistry, General 87 3 23
Applied Mathematics, Other 111
Education, General 98 13
Environmental Science 90 3
Mechanical Engineering 73 7 13
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 75
Actuarial Science 55 17
Linguistics 60 5 6
Cell & Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other 47 10 8
Computer Engineering, General 62
Chemical Engineering 43 2 14
Fine & Studio Arts, General 53 3
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 43 2 9
Applied Mathematics, General 46 2
Geology & Earth Science, General 39 5 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other 40 1 5
Pharmacology 46
Microbiology, General 41
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 37 3
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 32 3 1
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American & Chicano Studies 35 1
Aquatic Biology & Limnology 35
Spanish Language and Literature 35
Geography 9 5 17
Music, General 18 3 9
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 29
Comparative Literature 25 2
Management Science 27
Women's Studies 26 1
Religion & Religious Studies 20 2 4
Psychology, Other 13 11
Zoology & Animal Biology 24
Biochemistry 23
History, Other 23
Materials Science 4 18
Dance, General 20
African-American & Black Studies 13
Asian-American Studies 13
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 12 1
Asian Studies & Civilization 10
Chemistry, Other 10
Japanese Language and Literature 9
Digital Communication and Media & Multimedia 3 5
French Language and Literature 7
Music Theory and Composition 7
Art & Art Studies, General 6
Area Studies, Other 4 1
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 5
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 5
Physiology, General 5
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 4
Legal Studies 4
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 4
Business & Managerial Economics 3
Chinese Language and Literature 3
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 2
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2
Neuroscience 1 1
Portuguese Language and Literature 2
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1
Italian Studies 1
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 1
Grand Total 6,499 511 287

University of California - Santa Barbara has a graduation rate of 85%, which is among the 8% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 85% 82% 88%
  • Full-time retention rate - 91%
  • Part-time retention rate - 68%

Publications & Citations

University of California - Santa Barbara is a world-class research university with 94,366 scientific papers published and 4,276,303 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Quantum and Particle physics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Materials Science, and Organic Chemistry.

Publications
94,366
Citations
4,276,303

Publication / Citation count by topic

Physics
56,996 / 2,879,865
Engineering
55,687 / 2,705,986
Chemistry
46,680 / 2,369,310
Biology
44,213 / 2,323,217
Quantum and Particle physics
43,486 / 2,191,954
Computer Science
38,262 / 1,543,563
Environmental Science
37,229 / 1,853,759
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
36,446 / 1,330,679
Materials Science
30,916 / 1,578,100
Organic Chemistry
25,076 / 1,372,536
Geology
22,018 / 1,208,502
Geography and Cartography
20,042 / 898,987
Optical Engineering
19,337 / 881,825
Philosophy
18,903 / 631,282
Medicine
18,667 / 899,410
Mathematics
17,338 / 708,170
Ecology
16,570 / 1,017,397
Biochemistry
16,326 / 873,182
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
15,920 / 591,543
Political Science
15,619 / 499,105
Electrical Engineering
15,553 / 702,083
Psychology
15,380 / 682,153
Law
14,514 / 484,739
Sociology
14,247 / 560,153
Genetics
13,877 / 708,567
Paleontology
12,711 / 682,858
Statistics
12,372 / 537,135
History
12,227 / 396,174
Business
12,175 / 467,318
Astrophysics and Astronomy
10,590 / 579,985
Condensed Matter Physics
10,534 / 650,565
Metallurgical Engineering
10,436 / 540,818
Nanotechnology
10,177 / 648,419
Archaeology
9,580 / 372,623
Telecommunications
9,388 / 312,083
Linguistics
9,222 / 328,154
Economics
8,944 / 358,812
Nuclear Physics
8,538 / 496,273
Art & Design
8,390 / 257,985
Oceanography
8,014 / 493,409

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 1142 15666
1991 1258 18513
1992 1350 20804
1993 1419 21889
1994 1371 24418
1995 1381 25286
1996 1528 29109
1997 1580 31311
1998 1669 35001
1999 1663 37859
2000 1670 42562
2001 1753 48376
2002 1898 53905
2003 2172 59599
2004 2343 66797
2005 2444 81643
2006 2542 90704
2007 2580 102403
2008 2740 115299
2009 2817 126339
2010 2989 139261
2011 2832 156638
2012 2896 173008
2013 3056 195190
2014 3051 207489
2015 3173 215313
2016 3298 222125
2017 3411 230132
2018 3425 239124
2019 3812 263993
2020 3969 296135
2021 4287 347854
2022 3117 295901
Academic rankings

University of California - Santa Barbara alumni

  1. Michael Douglas

    Michael Douglas
    Born in
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    Years
    1944-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    film produceractorfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and film producer. He has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the AFI Life Achievement Award.

  2. Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1972-.. (age 51)
    Enrolled in the University of California - Santa Barbara
    In 1990 studied art history
    Occupations
    film actormusicianscreenwritersongwritertelevision actor
    Biography

    Gwyneth Kate Paltrow Falchuk is an American actress and businesswoman. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.

  3. Benjamin Bratt

    Benjamin Bratt
    Born in
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    Years
    1963-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    television actorvoice actorfilm produceractorfilm actor
    Biography

    Benjamin Bratt is an American actor and producer who has worked in film and on television. He had supporting film roles in the 1990s in Demolition Man (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and The River Wild (1994). From 1995 to 1999, he starred as New York City Police Department (NYPD) Detective Rey Curtis on the NBC drama series Law & Order.

  4. Steve Aoki

    Steve Aoki
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    record produceractorclub DJdisc jockey
    Biography

    Steven Hiroyuki Aoki is an American DJ and music producer. In 2012, Pollstar designated Aoki as the highest-grossing electronic dance music artist in North America from tours.

All 100 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names UC Santa Barbara
UCSB
Founded 1921
Motto Fiat Lux
Let there be light
Colors blue, gold
Academic calendar September to June (September - December; January-March; March-June). Also Summer Session (June-July)
Total FTE staff 4,777
Carnegie classification Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

Location and contacts

Address 5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, California, 93106
United States
City population 89,000
Phone 8058938000

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