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University of California - Santa Barbara Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of California - Santa Barbara, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of California - Santa Barbara Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of California - Santa Barbara was awarded 218 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is sociology.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UCSB as #125 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

UCSB also holds the #15 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UCSB?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to University of California - Santa Barbara you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 33%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 75% of students accepted to UCSB submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 590 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 600 to 680 )
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SAT Math Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 590 to 720 )
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UCSB received ACT scores from 59% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 28 to 33 )
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Learn more about University of California - Santa Barbara admissions.

University of California - Santa Barbara Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of California - Santa Barbara, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - Santa Barbara is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - Santa Barbara

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of California - Santa Barbara has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UCSB the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 68%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  68 out of 100
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Excellent Overall Diversity at UCSB

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,186 undergraduates at UCSB with 21,777 being full-time and 409 being part-time.

UCSB Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 91.32 out of 100, UCSB is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  91.32 out of 100
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How Much Does University of California - Santa Barbara Cost?

The overall average net price of UCSB is $15,764. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UCSB

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,134 $11,793 $14,788 $22,031 $30,760

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UCSB, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UCSB, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $6,053 a year. That adds up to $24,212 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCSB is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UCSB Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UCSB with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $55,300 in their early years. That's great news for UCSB students since it is 36% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.

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See which majors at University of California - Santa Barbara make the most money.

Location of University of California - Santa Barbara

University of California - Santa Barbara is a public institution located in Santa Barbara, California. The suburban atmosphere of Santa Barbara makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of University of California - Santa Barbara

Contact details for UCSB are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5221 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: 805-893-8000
Website: www.ucsb.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ucsantabarbara
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ucsantabarbara

University of California - Santa Barbara Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 56 majors graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara. Of these students, 6,064 received undergraduate degrees and 868 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Child Development & Psychology 688 $30,000
Sociology 569 $30,200
Economics 562 $59,200
Communication & Media Studies 403 $36,300
International Studies 377 $32,200
General Biology 311 $30,100
Natural Resources Conservation 285 $34,400
Political Science & Government 256 $34,700
Mathematics 151 $40,900
General English Literature 146 $25,400

Learn more about the majors offered at University of California - Santa Barbara along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UCSB

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 365 students took at least one online class at University of California - Santa Barbara. This is an increase from the 246 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 365 0
2016-2017 246 0
2015-2016 164 0
2014-2015 162 0
2013-2014 85 0

Learn more about online learning at University of California - Santa Barbara.

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