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UC of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA 93106
(805) 893-8000

Why UCSB

UCSB offers a diverse range of nearly 100 majors and 40 minors in subjects including engineering, biological sciences, humanities, fine arts and more! Visit our Academics page to learn more about the outstanding programs available to UCSB students.

  • UCSB has more than 1,000 faculty members including 5 Nobel Prize Laureates.
  • Professors are leaders in their field and bring their passion to the classroom.
  • Students get the chance to learn from some of the brightest minds in their chosen fields.
  • UCSB is ranked as the No. 2 research institution in the world in the 2013 Leiden ranking .
  • More than 50% of all UCSB undergraduates conduct research.
  • Research opportunities allow students to gain hands-on learning experience that can lead to the discovery of a new passion or even a future career!

Academic Departments

Commencement

Graduate Division

Majors, Degrees, & Credentials

Libraries

Academics Offices

Academic Advising

Academic Personnel

Academic Senate

Executive Vice Chancellor

Administration

Academic Personnel

Administrative Services

Budget and Planning

Business & Financial Services

Human Resources

Student Affairs

Housing & Residential Services

Admissions

Register now for the UCSB Spring Insight Open House!

Registration is now open for the Spring Insight Open House! Sign up today to visit the campus, meet current and future students, attend lectures and learn more about the exciting opportunities available at UCSB.

Applied to UCSB?

Freshman admission decisions are now available on the Application Status portal ! Transfer applicants can expect decisions on a rolling basis from March 17 through May 1.

Register now for virtual transfer appointments

Do you have questions about the transfer admissions process at UCSB? Register now for an individual 20-minute Virtual Transfer Appointment with a UCSB Admissions Counselor.

Our Campus

LOCATION AND SIZE
1,055 acres on the California coast about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. INTRODUCTION 'A Campus Like No Other'

ORIGIN OF STUDENTS
California 89%
Other US States 7%
International 4%

DISTINCTIONS
UCSB is one of only 61 institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. And the Newsweek guide to America's best colleges has named UCSB one of the country's "hottest colleges" twice in the past decade.

MAJORS, DEGREES, AND CREDENTIALS
More than 200 majors, degrees, and credentials are offered through UCSB's five schools and the Graduate Division.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Check our FAQ page for basic information about admissions, academic departments, financial aid, campus tours, the general catalog, academic calendar, transcripts, and more.

DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS

Traveling North on the U.S. 101 Freeway (to the UCSB Visitor Center):
Exit the 101 freeway at the Airport / UCSB (Route 217) off-ramp (approximately eight miles north of Santa Barbara) and proceed through the Henley Gate at the east campus entrance. Veer right onto Mesa Road and continue to the traffic signal at University Plaza. Turn left into University Plaza and continue to the Information Kiosk (in the center of the plaza) for special event parking instructions, or simply park in a visitor lot and purchase a permit to be displayed in your vehicle. A permit must be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle while on-campus .

Traveling South on the U.S. 101 Freeway:
Exit the 101 Freeway at the Storke Road / Glen Annie Road (Exit 108) off-ramp (approximately 12 miles north of Santa Barbara). Turn right onto Storke Road and continue to El Colegio Road. Turn left onto El Colegio Road and proceed to Ocean Road. Turn left onto Ocean Road and continue to Mesa Road. Turn right onto Mesa Road and proceed to the traffic signal at University Plaza. Turn right into University Plaza and continue to the Information Kiosk (in the center of the plaza) for special event parking instructions, or simply park in a visitor lot and purchase a permit to be displayed in your vehicle. A permit must be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle while on-campus .

For important updates, please visit the Transportation & Parking Service website at: www.tps.ucsb.edu and tune into AM 1610 within two miles of campus for traffic information.

Interactive Map
Parking Guide
Map & Directory
Self-Guided Tour Map (PDF)
UCSB/Goleta Area Map (PDF)
Transportation and Parking Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting in touch with UCSB

About UCSB and applying here

Visiting UCSB

Things that are happening on campus

Found a glitch on a web page?

How do I find addresses and phone numbers for people or departments?
Visit our phone and e-mail directories for faculty, staff, and students . They include mailing information for individuals and departments.

How can I get general information about UCSB?
The Admissions web page has extensive information about UCSB and general application requirements; you may send questions to them from their web site.

What majors, degrees, and credentials are offered at UCSB?
Each of UCSB's five schools offer graduate and/or undergraduate majors, degrees and credentials. These are all listed on our Majors, Degrees & Credentials web page .

How do I get an undergraduate application?
The Admissions Office has information for freshman and transfer applicants.

How do I get a graduate application?
The Graduate Division web site has information on all of the graduate programs and admissions requirements, in addition to on-line publications and an on-line application.

Where can I learn about transferring to UCSB?
The Admissions web site provides key information for Transfer Applicants .

Where can I find information about residency requirements and fees?
The General Catalog has information about fees and expenses , as well as residency requirements.

How can I get information on a particular department, graduate, or academic program, or research unit?
Our Academics page has a complete listing of UCSB's colleges, departments, and academic and research organizations.

What services are available to assist disabled students?
The Disabled Students Program provides assistance with physical and academic accommodations to students with disabilities.

Where do I go to learn about Summer Sessions?
UCSB's Summer Sessions web site describes more than 320 courses in 40 departments.

Where do I go to learn about UCSB Extension classes?
The UCSB Extension web site gives information and a schedule of continuing education classes offered year-round.

How do I contact Financial Aid?
The Financial Aid web site provides information on grants, loans, Federal Work Study, Veteran's Benefits, and more.

Where can I find the academic calendar?
The academic calendar lists all key academic dates and deadlines .

Where can I find the General Catalog on-line?
You may view the General Catalog on-line .

I have been accepted at UCSB, what information should I know?
The Admissions web page for newly admitted freshman or transfer students gives information tailored for you.

How can I get a copy of my transcript?
Just contact the Registrar's Office .

What student clubs and organizations are on campus?
The Student Affairs web site lists almost 500 student clubs and organizations.

Where can I buy UCSB Gaucho t-shirts, hats, etc?
The UCSB Bookstore at UCen has a plethora of Gaucho souvenirs.

Are there ATMs on campus? What banks are near campus?
Currently, there are ATMs for Wells Fargo Bank in the University Center (UCEN) and ATM's for Montecito Bank & Trust at the Coral Tree and Courtyard Cafe. Here is a list of banks in the vicinity of the campus.

How can I visit UCSB and where can I stay?
Where can I find a map of UCSB and driving directions?
When is Parents Weekend, Spring Insight, or Fall Preview?
The Visitors' Center home page has information about campus tours, driving to UCSB, a campus map, a virtual tour, a list of local hotels and motels, and the dates for special events, such as Parents Weekend, Spring Insight, and Fall Preview.

Where can I get information about Santa Barbara?
The UCSB Visitor's Center has links to several sites such as the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau and local news media that can help you learn about the local community.

How can I get information about events on campus?
The campus calendar lets you view campus events by day, week, or month. It also can search for specific events or types of activities for you. In addition, the Highlighted Events page spotlights prominent events, and includes links to many department calendars with information on concerts, performances, lectures, athletic events, films, exhibitions, workshops, and conferences.

Where can I find out about Commencement Ceremonies?
The Commencement web site maintained by Public Events has all key dates, times, and helpful phone numbers.

Who do I contact if there is a problem with a Web page?
Please contact the Webmaster responsible for that page. His or her e-mail address should be at the bottom of the page where you have encountered the problem. If you are unable to contact them, please notify us by way of our contact form .