University of California-Santa Barbara

The University of California-Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) is public university with a student body of approximately 22,225 – which includes 19,400 undergrads and 2,800 postgraduate students. The university's expansive 1,022-acre campus is located in the city of Goleta just outside of Santa Barbara, California. The university was founded in 1891 as the Anna Blake School – an independent teachers' college. In 1944 it joined the University of California system and was renamed the University of California-Santa Barbara.

UC Santa Barbara is recognized as a top research university as well as one of America's Public Ivy schools. UC Santa Barbara is classified as a comprehensive doctoral university and offers nearly 90 undergraduate degree programs and 55 graduate degrees in hundreds of disciplines, concentrations and fields of study. Undergraduate degrees focus on the arts and sciences. Undergraduate students can participate in graduate-level courses. At the undergraduate level, UC Santa Barabara awards the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. At the graduate level, UC Santa Barbara confers Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.) and PhD degrees. Other degrees offered in the a Master in Music (M.M.), Doctor of Music (DMA) and Master of Education (MEd). As a research university, the primary focus at UC Santa Barbara is research.

Since its inception, the University of California-Santa Barbara has consistently been among the top ranked higher education institutions in the United States. In 2016, UC Santa Barbara was ranked 37th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and 8th in the nation among public universities. Out of nearly 1500 schools evaluated by Money Magazine, UC Santa Barbara was ranked 93rd in the nation overall. 10 UC Santa Barbara departments are ranked among the top 10 in the nation within their fields. The university is recognized as a "Public Ivy" since it's a public university that offers an educational experience comparable to that provided at Private Ivy League institutions such as Harvard, Darmouth and Wharton.

Through the cross-campus enrollment program sponsored by the University of California systems, UC Santa Barbara students can participate in online courses and programs as they work toward the completion of their degree. Online courses are offered through – the online learning arm of the University of California system.

General Information

Phone Number: (805) 893-8000
Address: 5221 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, California 93106
Institution Type: Public, 4-year or above
Size: Very Large ( 18,000+ undergrad, 3,000+ grad )
Award Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral
In-State Tuition $ 6,945
Out-of-State Tuition $ 29,629
Online Degrees Offered: NO
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
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Majors and Degrees

Majors/Degrees BS/BA MA/MS PHD
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Aquatic Biology Limnology
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology Biological Sciences
Cell Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Zoology Animal Biology
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Managerial Economics
Communication and Journalism
Computer Information Sciences
Computer Science
Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
English Language and Literature Letters
English Language and Literature
Ethnic, Cultural and Group Studies
African-american Black Studies
Area Studies
Asian Studies
Asian-american Studies
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american Studies
Italian Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Women's Studies
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Japanese Language and Literature
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
Portuguese Language and Literature
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences Liberal Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies
International Global Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi- Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion Religious Studies
Physical Sciences
Geology Earth Science
Geophysics and Seismology
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Materials Science
Physiological Psychology Psychobiology
Social Sciences
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Political Science and Government

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