The University of California, Santa Barbara (commonly referred to as UC Santa Barbara or UCSB) is a public research university and one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system. The main campus is located on a 1,022-acre (414 ha) site near Goleta, California, United States, 8 miles (13 km) from Santa Barbara and 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Tracing its roots back to 1891 as an independent teachers’ college, UCSB joined the University of California system in 1944 and is the third-oldest general-education campus in the system.
UCSB is one of America’s Public Ivy universities, which recognizes top public research universities in the United States. The university is a comprehensive doctoral university and is organized into five colleges and schools offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees. UCSB was ranked 37th among “National Universities”, 8th among U.S. public universities and 28th among Best Global Universities by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings. The university was also ranked 39th worldwide by the Times Higher Education World
University Rankings and 38th worldwide (tied for 17th worldwide in engineering) by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2015.
UC Santa Barbara is a “very high activity” research university with twelve national research centers, including the renowned Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Current UCSB faculty includes six Nobel Prize laureates, one Fields Medalist, 29 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 27 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and 31 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. UCSB was the No. 3 host on the ARPAnet and was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1995.The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
compete in the Big West Conference of the NCAA Division I. The Gauchos have won NCAA national championships in men’s soccer and men’s water polo.
UC Santa Barbara is a large, comprehensive, primarily residential doctoral university. The full- time, four-year undergraduate program comprises the majority of enrollments and has an arts & sciences focus with high graduate co-existence. UCSB is organized into five colleges and schools offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees. The campus is the 6th-
largest in the UC system by enrollment with 18,620 undergraduate and 3,065 graduate students. In 2015, UCSB was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
UCSB is considered to be a “Public Ivy”. The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Santa Barbara as tied for the 37th best university (and 8th best public university) in the United States. UCSB also placed 6th among public universities in its list of colleges and universities that offer students the best education value. Money Magazine ranked UC Santa Barbara 93rd in the country out of the nearly 1500 schools it evaluated for its 2015 Best Colleges ranking.
The Daily Beast ranked UC Santa Barbara 40th in the country out of the nearly 2000 schools it evaluated for its 2013 Best Colleges ranking. In 2015 Kiplinger ranked UCSB 16th out of the top 100 best-value public colleges and universities in the nation, and 3rd in California.