If you want to apply to UC Santa Barbara, the regular decision application deadline is November 30 and the fee for the application costs $70.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.
Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from UC Santa Barbara by March 31.
|UC Santa Barbara 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||4.2|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||100%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are not even considered|
University of California, Santa Barbara does not offer early decision or early action.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
Getting into UC Santa Barbara is very difficult. UC Santa Barbara evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, UC Santa Barbara accepted 37% of all applicants, around 33,385 of the 90,963 students who applied.
Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UC Santa Barbara, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.
It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
In 2021, UC Santa Barbara waitlisted 9,885 students. Of those, 6,342 eventually were offered a spot.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Alumni/ae Relations||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Not Considered|
To apply, all applicants to UC Santa Barbara must submit the following items. Double check with UC Santa Barbara's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to UC Santa Barbara have an average unweighted GPA of 4.2.
Out of all students that were admitted, 76% submitted a class rank. At UC Santa Barbara 100% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At University of California, Santa Barbara, student GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||14.32%|
|3.50 and 3.74||5.32%|
|3.25 and 3.49||1.25%|
|3.00 and 3.24||0.27%|
|2.50 and 2.9||0.15%|
|2.00 and 2.49||0%|
UC Santa Barbara doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
UC Santa Barbara is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to UC Santa Barbara.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by May 1.
Transfer students can enroll in UC Santa Barbara during the following terms: - Fall Term
Can I defer my acceptance to UC Santa Barbara?
Students who are admitted to UC Santa Barbara must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.
Does UC Santa Barbara accept transfer credits?
UC Santa Barbara accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UC Santa Barbara accepts:
Does UC Santa Barbara accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
UC Santa Barbara accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to UC Santa Barbara?
UC Santa Barbara is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.
What is UC Santa Barbara's acceptance rate?
UC Santa Barbara's acceptance rate is 37%.
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How hard is it to get into UC Santa Barbara? UC Santa Barbara is a very selective institution. The UC Santa Barbara acceptance rate is 37%. This means that the institution accepts 36 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UC Santa Barbara is Nov 30.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UC Santa Barbara is Nov 30.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At UC Santa Barbara, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.17. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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