University of California, Santa Barbara


UC Santa Barbara is a public, comprehensive university. Founded as a Normal School in 1909, it joined the University of California system in 1944. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Creative Studies, Engineering, and Letters and Science. Its 989-acre campus is located in Santa Barbara, 90 miles north of Los Angeles.


Entrance Difficulty: Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 46% of 49,008 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: November 30

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Very Important
Essay: Very Important
Extracurricular Activities: Considered

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.91
SAT Math: 628 average  570-69 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 606 average  550-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 612 average  550-67 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 27 average  24-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: In-state: $30,673  Out-of-state: $53,551
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $13,671 Out-of-state: $36,549
Room and Board: $13,275
Average Percent of Need Met: 86%
Average Freshman Award: $23,506
Average Indebtedness of 2010 Graduates: $18,627


Academic Calendar System: Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 884
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 2-9 students: 24% of classes
10-19 students: 21% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-59 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 9% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline March 2 – Final deadline May 31
Award Notification: Begins March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 001320: Free

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