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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - [UCSB], SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

Santa Barbara, CaliforniaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1891Established Year
  23983Enrollment

University of California Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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University of California is a public research university located in Santa Barbara, California, United States. Established in 1891, it is third oldest campus in the system to offer general education.       

Highlights

College TypePublic
Campus SettingSuburban
Annual Endowment322.4 billion USD
Student Retention Rate95%
Work-study programYes
Mode of ProgramFull time; Part time; online
Capus Housing Capacity38%
Annual cost of Attendance65,790 USD
Admission Helpdeskadmissionsreply@ucsd.edu | 858-534-4831

Programs, Campus & Residence

  • The university offers more than 90 undergraduate and 50 graduate programs through 5 schools and colleges
  • The most popular majors are - Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Psychology; and Communication, Journalism.
  • The university has a campus of more than 1000 acres with on-campus housing to accommodate 38% of the student population in 20 residence halls.

University of California Santa Barbara Admission Process

RequirementsTranscripts, LOR, SOP
Test ScoresSAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT
English Proficiency TestTOEFL/IELTS
Application FeeUG programs - USD 80; graduate programs – USD 125
Intake SeasonNovember 30(fall)
Additional RequirementsResume; personal statement; proof of financial support

Applications for both UG and graduate programs are submitted on the official website.

Cost of Attendance & Financial Aids

ExpenseCost in USD
Tuition41,562
Campus Based Fees1,854
Books And Supplies1,158
Health Care Allowance3,357
Loan Fees108
Room and Board15,273
Personal Expenses1,482
Telephone/Cell Phone402
Transportation594

Financial Aid

  • Over 58% of students are provided with financial aid yearly.
  • The average annual need-based scholarships awarded is of USD 20,029.

The university more than 210,000 people as its alumni receiving benefits like access to university publications and resources, vacation and hotel discounts, travel insurance and more.

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University of California Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population25833
FAFSA Code001320
Application Cost$70
Accreditation ACS WASC
Average Cost of Attendance$17,085 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

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April 01

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Regular decision Deadlines

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-80- -
IELTS-6.5- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score129511901400 75%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing640600680-
Mathematics655590720-
ACTCheck Detailed Score312833 59%
English302634-
Mathematics292632-

University of California Acceptance Rate

32.8%

Acceptance Rate

81824

Total Applicants

25833

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

48.0%

Male

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Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program32.8%
Total Applicants69828
Total Enrolled22910
Graduate
Graduate Programs32.8%
Total Applicants8910
Total Enrolled2923

University of California Enrollment

Enrollment
University of California Enrollment25833
Undergraduate Enrollment22910
Graduate Enrollment2923
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate77.8%

Attendance Cost

$17,085

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$17,085 / Year
Post Graduate Program$16,317 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,143 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$15,169 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$5,348 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$11,825 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$5,706 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$11,765 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$12,450 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Wise Accreditations
Psychology ProgramsAmerican Psychological Association
ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Dance

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
145461151730292045
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    RANKED  #57

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    RANKED  #28

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    RANKED  #82

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    College rating

    based on 6 students ratings

    7.2/10

    8.3/10academic
    6.3/10infrastructure
    5.8/10placements
    8/10faculty
    8.3/10extracurricular
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    Reviews

    H
    Hunter, UNITED STATES Psychology and brain sciences
    University of California
    Current student , Batch : 2022
    8.2
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    ARE YOU MEANT TO BE A GAUCHO?

    I originally applied to UCSB because I wanted to attend UC Berkeley. When I realized the applications were the same, I decided to apply to both! The fees are normally $80 I think but I was in the free/ reduced lunch program at school so I had a few waivers for applications. I applied to eight schools all on the west coast, including UCSB, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, SDSU, Cal Poly SLO, University of Washington, and University of Oregon. I was accepted to all except UCLA. When it came down to choosing a college, UCSB was the clear choice. They offered me significant financial aid, it's located on a beach, only a train ride away from home, and academically prestigious! We were ranked the 5th best public school in the nation and the happiest college students in California by Princeton Review! While cost is very important, I needed to choose somewhere I felt like I could be happy. The social, athletic, and academic aspects of the school were very appealing to my extroverted side. I had a 4.2 GPA overall in high school, played varsity women's lacrosse, and competed in the academic league. While I did take several AP classes, I would consider myself a medium, to the above-average student in high school. I got a 1420 on my SAT and a 30 on my ACT. The university seems to prioritize outside commitments and personal statements much higher than test scores through the admissions process in my opinion


    Course Curriculum - 

    The course curriculum is very rigorous but extremely captivating. The chemistry and biology series is quite excruciating, but help understand in-depth the fundamentals of psychology and how our brains work. So far I have loved every class, including Math 34A (Calculus for Social sciences). If you prioritize studying and read after the lecture, it is easy to succeed in this program! I would love to provide a copy of the curriculum and my two-year plan if needed.

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    08, Sep 2019 read more
    J
    Jose luis, USA Bachelor of arts [b.a] global studies
    University of California
    Alumna/alumnus , Batch : 2014
    8.8
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    REVIEW

    One of the reasons I chose UC Santa Barbara as a college to go to is because of its close proximity to the ocean and because I wanted to experience the social life on campus which I heard was pretty good at UC Santa Barbara. My experience was amazing because there were tons of things to do like go out for dinner, party on the weekend or going to town for great food. Also, I chose UCSB as my college because before I came here I visited the campus just once and fell in love with the scenery.


    Course Curriculum - 

    UC Santa Barbara offers many great programs and classes for students that are great whether they are for your major or just recreation you get to enjoy each one of them since the professors are really down to earth and are willing to spend time with you. Some classes get full but that is why you have sections and get shorter classes with some really good TA's. I took Geography with Professor Sweeney and he has a lot of knowledge on the subject and he is also a pretty fun guy.

    10 /10
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    extracurricular
    28, Mar 2019 read more
    J
    Julie hostetter, USA Bs chemistry
    University of California
    Current student , Batch : 2020
    6.8
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    UC SANTA BARBARA REVIEW

    UCSB has a great reputation and a diverse student body. Its campus is located right on the beach and students are friendly and fun. There is a good party scene as well as great academics and there is always something to do around campus.


    Course Curriculum - 

    The curriculum is challenging. There is definitely no such thing as an easy A at this school. In my major especially, it's hard to even pass classes and I have had to retake a few classes. However, if you are disciplined and work hard you should be able to graduate.

    8 /10
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    10 /10
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    26, Mar 2019 read more
    K
    Kiara, USA Undergraduate
    University of California
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    7.2
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    UCSB REALITY

    The financial aid, the location, and the reputation of the school. I didn't expect to be admitted into UCSB but after I did, I jumped at the chance to attend because they also gave me pretty decent financial aid. I also liked the college and the fact that it had the majors I wanted to study (English and Chicano Studies).


    Course Curriculum - 

    I like it. The courses offered are good and they could be expanded in terms of intersectionality and being a little more with the times. The Chicano studies classes that I take are much more recent meanwhile the focus for English is rather bland and boring.

    8 /10
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    7 /10
    faculty
    7 /10
    infrastructure
    5 /10
    accomodation/food
    6 /10
    placement
    10 /10
    extracurricular
    15, Mar 2019 read more
    J
    Juan arias, USA Economics and accounting
    University of California
    Current student , Batch : 2022
    6.3
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA'S: GREAT EXPERIENCE

    It was a good fit considering my major, career path, and overall personality. The economics program is one of the best out of the UCs, plus it was the best Econ program I got into. Since I want to work on Wall Street, I thought networking at UC was a vital part of my education. My personality is not only academic but outgoing so when I visited and saw that the atmosphere fit my personality perfectly, I knew it was going to be a good fit.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I think the quarter system here is very challenging and fast paced, but there's lots of resources that you can use to excel academically. Plus most of the programs here are ranked very highly, in comparison to other schools, making sure students retain the knowledge when they graduate.

    8 /10
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    faculty
    5 /10
    infrastructure
    4 /10
    accomodation/food
    7 /10
    placement
    7 /10
    extracurricular
    07, Mar 2019 read more
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    Bus Station

    Santa Barbara Amtrak Bus Stop0.13 Km
    UCSB North Hall Outbound0.17 Km
    UCSB Bus Loop0.18 Km
    UCSB North Hall Inbound0.43 Km
    Ocean & Sabado Tarde0.49 Km
    Ocean & Sabado Tarde0.57 Km
    El Colegio & Stadium0.83 Km
    El Colegio & Stadium0.87 Km
    Seville & Embarcadero Del Mar19.05 Km
    Seville & Embarcadero Del Mar202.33 Km
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    Book Store

    UCSB Campus Store0.26 Km
    Bonnie Lee Books3.1 Km
    Paperback Alley Used Books3.14 Km
    Queenship Publishing Co3.67 Km
    Christian Science Church and Reading Room, Goleta4.05 Km
    Avalon Comics & Games4.35 Km
    Bennett's Toys & Educational Materials4.92 Km
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    Super Market

    Isla Vista Market0.77 Km
    Target Grocery2.36 Km
    Indo China Market Goleta2.42 Km
    Santa Cruz Market3.23 Km
    Sprouts Farmers Market3.51 Km
    Trader Joe's3.69 Km
    Hi Time Stop & Shop7.95 Km
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    Airport

    Atlantic Aviation SBA1.55 Km
    Terminal, SBA1.66 Km
    Alaska Airlines - Santa Barbara1.69 Km
    Santa Barbara Airport1.69 Km
    KSBA Tower 119.71.93 Km
    Signature Flight Support SBA - Santa Barbara Municipal Airport2.51 Km
    Signature Flight Support SBA2.51 Km
    Goleta Valley Community Hospital Heliport4.24 Km
    Platform Holly Heliport5.87 Km
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    Shopping Mall

    Storke Plaza2.38 Km
    Camino Real Marketplace2.77 Km
    Hollister Village Plaza2.84 Km
    University Plaza Shopping Center3.03 Km
    Winslowe Plan 7 Shops3.1 Km
    Elvira's Photography3.29 Km
    Fairview Center3.41 Km
    Calle Real Shopping Center3.85 Km
    Padre Shopping Center3.92 Km
    Magnolia Shopping Center4.84 Km
    Turnpike Shopping Center5.94 Km
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