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

Diversity: It is averagely diverse here, there's a good amount of variety just like anywhere else.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The aren't any problems regarding ethnicity or race.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity is getting better.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Being a Global Studies major, also known as International Studies, I have the opportunity to meet and converse with International students and learn about their different cultures. In every class of mine, there are many different ethnic backgrounds and people from all around the world. On the UCSB tennis team alone, half of the teammates are international and most of those speak a different language. The political beliefs in Isla Vista are usually Liberal , which is not a surprise because the Santa Barbara County is known to be very Liberal, so does California. The sexual orientation is pretty diverse and I respect the choices that my fellow students have made. I believe they have the right to love in whomever they want because no one has the right to tell you who or who not to love. The diversity on campus is incredible because in one day of walking through the campus, I am able to hear all sorts of languages from Chinese to Spanish to Swedish.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: We have a wide variety of people on campus, they're all awesome


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  • 52nd
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  • 925th
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  • 1343rd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
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Demographically, the UCSB student population is considered predominantly Caucasian; however, within the last few years, the campus has been growing in diversity. Diversity is visible on campus and kept present by students in clubs and organizations. UCSB boasts dozens of organizations dedicated to ethnic awareness, both student- and University-run.

Overall, students feel comfortable within the community. Although, UCSB has the least diversity in comparison to the other UC campuses, students feel that there is much more interaction and integration among students here. The majority of students would argue that the campus is mainly white; however, the statistics say that the number of ethnic students is increasing. While the diversity rises, the campus does its best to make all students feel welcomed, regardless of race, sex, gender, economic income, etc. If you belong to a certain group, you can rest assured that there are organizations comprised of students like yourself, where you can interact and feel a sense of community.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 11%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Although the LGBT scene is not big on campus, tolerance is. The campus has a Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity located inside the SRB.
Political Activity
Overall, students tend to be liberal—this is a California college campus, after all. The student Republican, Democrat, Liberal, and Green groups are vocal and very active on campus. In the past, peace marches and walkouts have taken place, and student activism continues to be an important issue for Gauchos.
Economic Status
The student population generally consists of Caucasian students who fall between upper-middle class to the elite. However, UCSB students range in economic status, and because of this, students from all economic backgrounds can feel comfortable on campus.
Most Common Religions
Christianity, Judaism, and Catholicism are the top three religions that students identify with on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority clubs on campus, from American Indian Student Association (AISA) to the Thai Student Union (TSU). You name it—there's probably a club for it.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 156 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 38% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 156 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 17% Not sure
  • 54% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 157 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 157 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 156 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 51% Very accepting.



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