University of California - Santa Barbara

4,026 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

4,026 reviews
  • Excellent
    856
  • Very Good
    1631
  • Average
    1321
  • Poor
    157
  • Terrible
    61
Check out the College of Creative Studies. It's easily overlooked but changed my life - classes are tiny, advisors are wonderful, and the sense of community is amazingly unique. UCSB overall is gorgeous (pictures don't do it justice), amazingly friendly (no, you don't need to drink), food is great (Carrillo is the superior dining commons), and housing is triple-heavy but a good experience overall (San Cat if you party and don't mind a 10minute bike ride; Manzanita if you want a quieter, less freshman-heavy atmosphere; Anacapa/SC/SR for a standard freshman experience, San Mig/Nic same but not as recently-renovated).

The campus is full of resources - be sure you use them! Really. The career center does resume/cover letter reviews and mock interviews; academic advising quality varies by major but is worthwhile; there are endless clubs and a lot of great space to study. Be prepared to something run up against huge UC bureaucracy, but there's always someone in an office somewhere who gets paid to explain processes to you, if you can find them. Don't worry about the party rep, but be sure to go to start-of-the-year events to make friends; you'll survive without it, but it really helps.

Isla Vista is scruffy but lovable, Goleta is small and quiet, Santa Barbara is a wonderful city (an easy 20min bus ride on the 24x). Bring a bike - cheapest beach cruiser you can find should be fine. If you have a nice mountain/road bike, lock it properly with a U-lock and cable. The area is gorgeous - More Mesa, Coal Oil Point, Lake Cachuma...

I was crushed when I didn't get into Berkeley, but this should've been my dream school. UCSB is amazing.
  • College Senior
  • 10 months ago
UCSB is the best college environment any one could ask for. Although UCSB is dubbed a party school, it all depends on wether you choose to or not.There are hundreds of clubs, sports, leisure review classes(I took massage and yoga), and activities to do around campus and also a very fun and friendly off-campus college life. All of my professors so far have been very passionate in their teaching and are excited to help students achieve a satisfactory understanding of the subject matter. Dorm life was awesome and got to make a ton of friends and lived on the health and wellness floor, one of the many themed floors, and met people with similar interests. Last but not least, the campus is gorgeous! It is the most unique campus I have ever been on! It's literally on the cliffs, it has beautiful new modern buildings looking over the pacific ocean and our new library is almost finished which is very exciting. All in all UCSB is a very fun, friendly, and academically and socially stimulating.
  • College Sophomore
  • July 2 2015
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