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5 College Sophomore

Academics: You can basically study everywhere - the beach, library, at home, at the park, etc.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are difficult and require quite a bit of effort, but are not impossible. Also, many professors and TA's do not shy away from offering help.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Despite its reputation as a "party school", the academics at UCSB are great. There are a variety of study areas and the professors are always prominent members of their field.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academics: If you don't for sure want to go into research, don't go to this school.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are great for the most part, but the workload can be extremely heavy. The library is always full of students just about every day.

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
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
Most Popular Majors
  • International/Global Studies: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Sociology: 4%
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 249 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 151 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 151 responses

  • 16% This was my dream school.
  • 70% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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