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5 College Junior

Academics: For me, the teachers have made my academic experience.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major is biology and there are many people at this school who also share this major. While it may seem like that means more competition, I've found it very nice because if I have any questions I can always ask someone who shares the major. Also the school is right next to the beach which is the perfect setting for a bio major.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are many great studying opportunities. There is CLAS and tutoring services available. There are also lounges on each floor in the dorms to study in. There are also many outdoor spots including the beach. The library is also very spacious to study in.

5 College Freshman

Academics: People often fault UCSB's atmosphere as being one too conducive to partying to study sufficiently. As most UCSB students will, often angrily, point out, this opinion is entirely false. The vast majority of our student body is intelligent, studious, and incredibly hard working. Our professors are top rate and very committed to the wellbeing and intellectual growth of their students. While UCSB retains the academic rigor of other top UCs (our research impact is on par with that of UCLA and UCSD), the cutthroat/competitive nature of other schools simply is not present. Our students work hard, but also are genuinely invested in the performance of their peers and pull out all the stops to help each other succeed.

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5 College Senior

Academics: I'm a huge fan of the academics at UCSB and find them to be thorough and eye-opening. The brilliant staff and course curriculum make the school top notch in the academic sphere. There are so many places on campus that cater to students, especially when it comes to quiet, safe study areas.

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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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 44 responses

  • 21% Jack Johnson - musician
  • 16% Gwyneth Paltrow - Actor
  • 16% Michael Douglas - actor
  • 12% Steve Aoki -DJ
  • 7% Brian Shaw - NBA player
  • 7% Carol Greider- Nobel Prize Recipient
  • 5% Giondomenico Picco - UN assistant secretary general
  • 4% Jim Rome - host of ESPN show "Jim Rome is Burning"
  • 3% Bob Ballard - discovered the Titanic
  • 3% Benjamin Bratt - actor
  • 1% Faisal Fahad - prince of Saudi Arabia
  • 1% Joe Redfield - MLB player
  • 1% Jason Lezak
  • 1% Suji Nakamura- Nobel Prize Recipient
  • 1% Finn E. Kyland -Nobel Prize Recipient
  • 1% David J Gross-Nobel Prize Recipient

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 136 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 137 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 39 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 39 responses

  • 26% This was my dream school.
  • 59% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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