• Points of Pride

    "Rated 11th on the list of happiest college students!"


    — Princeton Review

    "Rated 8th in the world in terms of impact in the field of the sciences!"

    — Leiden University

    "Ranked 11th public university in America's best colleges guide!"

    — U.S. News and World Report

    More than half of graduating seniors collaborate with faculty members on original research or creative projects.

    The UCSB Libraries have opened up the world of historic sound recordings by mounting thousands of digitized cylinder recordings on an immensely popular Web site.

    The Koegel Autism Center at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education has been recognized by the National Research Council as one of the top 10 state-of-the-art treatments centers for autism in the United States.

    UC Santa Barbara ranks among higher-education leaders in the United States and Canada as one of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

    UCSB’s renowned faculty includes six winners of Nobel Prizes for landmark research in chemistry, physics, and economics. An alumna of the College of Creative Studies was named 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.

    The campus is home to 11 national institutes and centers. Among them: the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Materials Research Laboratory (both funded by the National Science Foundation), and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (funded by the U.S. Army).

    Demand for admission is keen, and the academic quality and diversity of the applicant classes remain very high. Fall 2014 applications from prospective freshmen and transfer students totaled 80,893, a record high for UC Santa Barbara.

    Bren Hall, which houses the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and the Tipton Meeting House at the Sedgwick Natural Reserve are among the “greenest” buildings in the nation, earning LEED Platinum certification — the highest sustainability rating possible — from the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, UCSB has the largest portfolio of LEED-certified buildings in the University of California system.

    UCSB faculty members are also included in many prestigious academic organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, with 90 current or former faculty; Guggenheim Fellows, more than 60; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 31; and the National Academy of Engineering, 25.