Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Amazing professors, and SO many academic opportunities. Can't imagine a better religious studies department.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There's so many opportunities for help and the education is top notch

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4 College Junior

Academics: I switched from economics to global studies and I'm loving it.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: The courses are challenging and they require good study habits and time to place in the studying for your classes.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: As stated in an earlier review: Art at CCS is great! It's flexible, rigorous. Basically being a part of the program means that they expect you to be serious about what you're doing.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 105th
    Smartest Professors
  • 291st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 334th
    Best Course Variety
  • 418th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
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The academic programs at UCSB have been on a constant rise over the past few years, and it doesn’t seem like it will stop any time soon with world-renowned professors, award-winning research, and necessary student services. There’s a class for just about anyone on this campus—the problem is finding what interests you. The academic and peer advisers are great tools for the students who have no idea what they want to pursue in college; they make sure to help you choose classes and plan your schedule and fulfill requirements so that you’re not behind with graduation. Teachers and teaching assistants are perhaps the most useful resources to an undergraduate, so be sure to attend office hours and ask questions if you want to get the most out of your class. Class, or "lecture" as we like to call it, tends to have between 100 and 200 students, and a teaching assistant runs the weekly section and grades. As students advance into their major, the classes become smaller and more intimate.

Although the initial stigma associated with UCSB is that of a “party school,” the academics surely outweigh that image. UCSB is becoming more competitive, and the admissions process more selective. When it comes to academics at UCSB, the issue that it boils down to is that the student ultimately has control over his or her academic life. By their second year, most students have learned how to balance their social and academic lives. At this University, you will encounter students who never go to class and students who attend every lecture and then some. It’s really up to you to determine how you’re going to spend your time and how much effort you put into college.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
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Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 45%
  • 20 to 49 students: 35%
  • 50 or more students: 20%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
  • College of Creative Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Letters & Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Managerial Economics: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Sociology: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Arts Library
  • The beach
  • Caje (cafĂ© located on Embarcadero Del Norte)
  • Library (eighth-floor reading room)
  • Residence hall lounges
  • The SRB (Student Resource Building)
  • University Center (UCEN)

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 19 responses

  • 27% Jack Johnson - musician
  • 18% Gwyneth Paltrow - Actor
  • 16% Steve Aoki -DJ
  • 10% Michael Douglas - actor
  • 8% Brian Shaw - NBA player
  • 6% Giondomenico Picco - UN assistant secretary general
  • 6% Jim Rome - host of ESPN show "Jim Rome is Burning"
  • 6% Carol Greider- Nobel Prize Recipient
  • 2% Bob Ballard - discovered the Titanic
  • 0% Faisal Fahad - prince of Saudi Arabia
  • 0% Joe Redfield - MLB player
  • 0% Benjamin Bratt - actor

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 130 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 131 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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