University of California-Santa Barbara

5221 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, CA
4-year
Large
Suburban

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Majors offered at University of California-Santa Barbara

Biggest majors
Sociology
Economics
Communication, General

Academics at University of California-Santa Barbara

1230-1460
SAT Score Range
400
1600
Required with application
27-33
ACT Score Range
1
36
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
22 to 1
Selectivity
Selective (32% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution

University of California-Santa Barbara demographics

32% White
24% Hispanic
17% Asian
7% Multiracial
2% Black
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Common careers for University of California-Santa Barbara students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Senior Software Engineer129k
Software Engineer93k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)89k
Associate Attorney89k
Mechanical Engineer76k
Marketing Manager70k
Account Manager66k
Based on 22,904 student responses
59.9kAvg. Early Career Pay
124.4kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
48%in High-Meaning careers
29%in STEM careers

Net price of attending University of California-Santa Barbara

University of California-Santa Barbara financial aid

Grants per year
Loans per year

Student reviews of University of California-Santa Barbara

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Recommended by

90% of students

Known for

Beautiful campus
LGBTQ+ friendly
Great internship and research opportunities
Welcoming student body
Access to outdoor activities
Stina Johansson
Hiking And Backpacking
Track and Field
Reading
Piano + 2 others

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

I love UCSB it's a highly academic school with plenty of opportunities to receive your bachelor's and then go further into master's or Ph.D. programs. With Isla Vista as the main student area, you have plenty of opportunities to meet new friends. There are also many clubs to partake in as well as research opportunities to take advantage of.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The cost is very expensive, especially if you're out of state.

Benise Limon
Hiking And Backpacking
Philanthropy
Education
Running + 3 others

5.0

WHAT I LIKED

I love the positive atmosphere, supportive teachers, and collaborative nature of each class.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Richelle Boyd
Exercise And Fitness
Writing
Reading
Yoga + 8 others

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

Truthfully, I really have enjoyed my time at UCSB because of the people I met here. My friends and roommates make the confusing classes and fast-paced environment worth it. Honestly, the living situation isn't great, and the school could do better care to think of their students and care for them more. However, as an English major, the classes are all very interesting and the professors are intelligent and helpful. The experience can be difficult and jarring (specifically as a transfer student) but overall I would say it has been worth it and I would recommend the English major to prospective students who want to attend.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I do think students should be aware of the incredibly face-paced quarter system, the demand for required classes, and the sometimes troubling issue of financial aid. Sometimes it feels like the school costs a lot (more than it's worth) and the policies that the school puts in place can truthfully be confusing or unhelpful. The chancellor is also not the greatest (in my opinion), however, the lecturers and professors at UCSB are (in my experience in the English and Writing program) usually very smart and helpful. If you do plan to come here and live off-campus, make sure you apply for housing early (and I mean like apply in December for Fall of the next year). Find good friends, stick with them, and try to find balance here.

Elena Neuburger
Painting and Studio Art
Reading
Baking
Art + 4 others

5.0

WHAT I LIKED

UCSB is a great learning environment. Students help other students. Professors are always available to help as well.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The cost of being at UCSB is very high, but there are many on-campus jobs to help, scholarships, and opportunities to help pay for your education.

Marissa Bernstein-Rivera
Tennis
Cello
Philanthropy
Animals

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

The people were very welcoming, friendly, and inclusive. The campus is beautiful and there are a lot of places to study. There are almost always events on campus and they appeal to a wide variety of people and interests.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Not a lot of late-night food options and it's difficult to book study rooms during midterms and finals week.

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

It can be difficult to schedule a meeting with college advisors.

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