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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 Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to UC Santa Barbara, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is November 30 and the application fee is $70.

Application fees can add up, but some colleges do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply to UC Santa Barbara for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 31.

UC Santa Barbara Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of UC Santa Barbara's admissions stats.

UC Santa Barbara 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 100%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist Yes

Continue scrolling for more information on UC Santa Barbara's admissions stats.

Considering Applying Early to UC Santa Barbara?

These are the early application deadlines for University of California, Santa Barbara.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II No –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

UC 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.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of California, Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara is a very difficult school to get into.

In 2021, UC Santa Barbara accepted 29% of all applicants, around 30,823 of the 105,647 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.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

In 2021, UC Santa Barbara waitlisted 14,076 students. Of those, 9,762 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into UC Santa Barbara?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important 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 apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UC Santa Barbara

Curious about the factors that are considered by UC Santa Barbara during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with UC Santa Barbara for more information on admission factors.

UC Santa Barbara Application Requirements

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)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UC Santa Barbara?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to UC Santa Barbara have an average unweighted GPA of 4.2

Out of all students that were admitted, 65% 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%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of California, Santa Barbara, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 8.63%
3.50 and 3.74 3.09%
3.25 and 3.49 0.95%
3.00 and 3.24 0.32%
2.50 and 2.9 0.06%
2.00 and 2.49 0.02%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

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.

Transferring to University of California, Santa Barbara

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 March 15.

Transfer students can enroll in UC Santa Barbara during the following terms:

• Fall Term

UC Santa Barbara Admissions FAQs

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.

Does UC Santa Barbara accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ UC Santa Barbara accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) 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 29%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UC Santa Barbara?

❌ UC Santa Barbara does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UC Santa Barbara?

❌ UC Santa Barbara does not offer eary action.

Want To Learn More About UC Santa Barbara?

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UC Santa Barbara Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


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 29%. This means that the institution accepts 29 out of every 100 applicants.


UC Santa Barbara Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

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

UC Santa Barbara ACT Scores


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UC Santa Barbara GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UC Santa Barbara, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.25. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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