University of California - Santa Barbara

University of California - Santa Barbara Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of California - Santa Barbara ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is University of California - Santa Barbara Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of California - Santa Barbara was awarded 490 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is aquatic biology/limnology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, UCSB is ranked #93 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UCSB held the #133 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UCSB also holds the #16 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UCSB?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of California - Santa Barbara is a competitive 33%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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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800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Santa Barbara  ( 590 to 720 )
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800
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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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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - Santa Barbara is 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 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 92%. 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  92 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UCSB for first-time, full-time students is 68%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  68 out of 100
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University of California - Santa Barbara Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 23,349 undergraduates at UCSB with 22,846 being full-time and 503 being part-time.

How Much Does University of California - Santa Barbara Cost?

The overall average net price of UCSB is $15,884. 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 +
$10,316 $11,895 $15,343 $22,226 $31,226

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 $6,168 a year. That adds up to $24,672 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCSB is 1.5%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UCSB make about $55,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future UCSB graduates since it is 39% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of University of California - Santa Barbara

Located in Santa Barbara, California, University of California - Santa Barbara is a public institution. UCSB is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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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 60 majors graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara. Of these students, 7,063 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
Sociology 713 $30,200
Economics 703 $59,200
Child Development & Psychology 579 $30,000
Communication & Media Studies 517 $36,300
General Biology 368 $30,100
International Studies 366 $32,200
Natural Resources Conservation 358 $34,400
Political Science & Government 297 $34,700
Statistics 211 $43,400
General English Literature 200 $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 2018-2019, 407 students took at least one online class at University of California - Santa Barbara. This is an increase from the 365 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 407 15
2017-2018 365 0
2016-2017 246 0
2015-2016 164 0
2013-2014 85 0

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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