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The University of California, Santa Barbara is part of the UC system in the state of California. UC Santa Barbara provides a world-class education that is focused on undergraduates and inspired by senior faculty who regularly teach freshman and sophomore classes. Students can work directly with professors in the field or lab, conducting special research projects or completing a senior honors thesis.

Key Facts


  • #35 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #12 in Top Public Schools
  • #37 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Year founded

  • 1909

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 23,091

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 3,033

Student-faculty ratio

  • 17:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 29% 

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1300 / ACT 33

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 4.08 (Weighted)

International student population

  • 11%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.7 – 3.9

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 71%

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $55,700

Popular majors

  • Psychology, Biology, Communication, Economics

Tuition and Room & Board

  •  $13,104/ $16,515


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Studies, College of Engineering, College of Letters & Science, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.

  • College of Letters and Science offers more than 80 majors 
  • College of Creative Studies offers independent work in the arts or sciences
  • College of Engineering offers degree programs in Chemical, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and in Computer Science 
  • UC Santa Barbara has 500 student clubs and organizations 
  • Famous alumni include Joseph M. Acaba, astronaut; Steve Aoki, electro-house DJ, producer and musician; Carol W. Greider, biologist/ molecular biologist
"This kind of environment (at Kings) pushed my goal a lot further!"
Hoi Kan
UC Santa Barbara

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The Kings Admissions Team