University of California - Santa Barbara

4,027 reviews
  1. Santa Barbara, CA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
University of California - Santa Barbara is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference
Address
5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Website

University of California - Santa Barbara Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
36%
SAT Range
1100-1370
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$14,966/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,190/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,353/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,511/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,816/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,464/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.247 responses
37%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.249 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.249 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,914Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 148 responses
Report
  • Work hard, party hard
    34%
  • Studious, but can party
    16%
  • Balanced
    15%
  • Party hard, study harder
    15%
  • Athletic, smart, liberal, good-looking
    5%
  • Everyone's different
    5%
  • Extremely chill
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.349 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.391 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 146 responses
Report
  • Work hard play hard
    54%
  • Balance work and play
    34%
  • Awesome
    6%
  • "Sleep when you're dead" - School's motto
    3%
  • Many options
    2%
  • Undescribable
    1%

After University of California - Santa Barbara

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
61%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.159 responses

Reviews

4,027 reviews
  • Excellent
    856
  • Very Good
    1632
  • Average
    1321
  • Poor
    157
  • Terrible
    61
Attending UCSB has been the best decision of my life. From making a bunch of friends on the soccer field to meeting some of my best friends in Philosophy class, UCSB is by far the best environment I have ever been in. The people are incredibly nice, lectures are extremely interesting, the campus is beautiful, Santa Barbara as a city has a lot to offer, and my favorite part is how peaceful it is to live here. No other school can offer such a grand curriculum mixed with such an enthusiastic and caring student body, UCSB is unique in its entirety, and I plan to graduate from here with honors!
  • College Sophomore
  • 3 months ago
Going to UCSB so far has allowed me to push myself out of my comfort zone and be a more proactive and outgoing individual. I really love the campus as well as the friends I've made here! However, schoolwork is quite tedious so I'm still struggling to find a balance between my social life and keeping up with academics. For the most part our professors seem to know what they're doing- however, I've had one or two who aren't very good at teaching. I would probably choose my school again if I had a chance to redo it.
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago
You can't ask for much more out of a university when it comes to campus life! UCSB not only provides a University Student at the center of campus with food joints, couches for studying, stores for school supplies, and cafes for hanging out - they also put on some pretty awesome events. I'm not just talking about their free ice-cream give aways, free yoga and kayaking lessons, or sports events. Every year, UCSB holds a student-exclusive music festival, &quot;Extravaganza.&quot; My Freshman year, Snoop Dog performed! It's hard to be unhappy at UCSB, especially considering that the campus is incredibly beautiful. It's like living in paradise!
  • College Sophomore
  • July 24 2012