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Colleges / University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate29%
Acceptance Rate29%

UC Santa Barbara Academics

University of California, Santa Barbara requires at least 180 quarter units to graduate with a bachelor's degree.

If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. UC Santa Barbara accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, UC Santa Barbara does not offer classes during the summer.

NOTE: Around 89% of students who start college at UC Santa Barbara graduate within six years.

UC Santa Barbara offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Academic Options Yes No
Accelerated Degree Program
Transfer Credits Accepted
AP Credit Accepted
IB Credits Accepted
Summer Classes Available X
New Student Orientation

Reminder: UC Santa Barbara may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.

Which Courses Will I Take At UC Santa Barbara?

UC Santa Barbara has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are required to fulfill a language requirement as well as a math and science requirement.

Students do not have to take a computer class.

Course Required?
2nd Language Yes
Math Yes
Science Yes
Computer No

Reminder: Check with UC Santa Barbara directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.

Majors at UC Santa Barbara

When choosing a major, UC Santa Barbara students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at UC Santa Barbara.

Student Designed Majors

UC Santa Barbara allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.

Senior Projects

UC Santa Barbara does not require a senior project for all students.

Double Majoring at UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.

NOTE: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.


Frequently Asked Questions About University of California, Santa Barbara


Does UC Santa Barbara Offer Learning Disability Services?

✅ UC Santa Barbara offers services for students with disabilities.

Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does UC Santa Barbara Offer Online Classes?

❌ UC Santa Barbara does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.

Does UC Santa Barbara Offer Credit for AP Classes?

✅ UC Santa Barbara offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does UC Santa Barbara Have An Honors Program?

✅ UC Santa Barbara offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does UC Santa Barbara Require Internships?

❌ UC Santa Barbara does not require an internship for any students.

Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While UC Santa Barbara does not require internships for students of any major, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.


Additional Information About University of California, Santa Barbara


University of California, Santa Barbara Library

The main library on campus is the Davidson Library and there is one other library on campus.

Dual Degree Programs at UC Santa Barbara

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.

UC Santa Barbara does not have any dual degree programs available for students.

ROTC

What is ROTC?

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Does UC Santa Barbara have any ROTC programs?

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

UC Santa Barbara has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at UC Santa Barbara include:

•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus

•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus

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UC Santa Barbara Majors & Subject Areas

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

26,124

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

29%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$14,391

Out-of-State

$43,383

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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