Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara’s membership in the American Association of Universities reflects its ranking as one of the top research universities in North America.

In 2014, the CWTS Leiden Ranking rated UCSB eighth worldwide for its impact in all sciences. The renowned faculty includes Nobel laureates (six since 1998), MacArthur “genius” fellows, Guggenheim fellows and hundreds of recipients of distinguished awards.

UC Santa Barbara is known for its culture of collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship, and its pioneering work in new fields. The campus hosts 16 interdisciplinary degree programs, from Media Arts and Technology to Marine Science; 14 interdisciplinary emphases; and dozens of interdisciplinary centers and research groups. The Graduate Program in Management Practice teaches the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and technology business management as an add-on to any graduate degree.

Campus life

UC Santa Barbara offers a flourishing campus life and vibrant intellectual atmosphere, with rich offerings of arts, lectures, research groups, cultural activities and opportunities for broad engagement. New graduate students enjoy guaranteed housing in San Clemente Villages, a single-student graduate apartment complex adjacent to the main campus or in one of two family student housing complexes. A short walk takes you to the state-of the-art recreation center or down to the beach. The stunning natural beauty of this coastal jewel provides an unparalleled environment in which to create a balanced academic life.

Support for graduate students includes panels and workshops aimed at developing the skills needed for academic and non-academic jobs. The GradPost, the Graduate Division’s blog, provides a constantly updated resource on all things graduate across campus.

Campus snapshot

  • Student body: 23,039 total;
    2,801 graduate students
  • Graduate programs: 50+
  • Setting: Coastal town

Undergraduate research programs

Completing a research project before you apply to graduate school can help you be a competitive applicant. You don't have to be a UC Santa Barbara student to take advantage of the campus's programs.