Away from urban pressures, yet deeply involved in the intellectual and cultural issues of our time, the University of California, Santa Barbara, provides a superb learning environment, with a relaxed relationship between faculty and students and all the resources of an internationally recognized research institution.
UCSB traces its origins back to the Anna Blake School which was founded in 1891 and offered training in home economics and industrial art. Today the University of California, Santa Barbara is a leading research institution that also provides a comprehensive liberal arts learning experience.
Because of best practices in teaching and research at UC Santa Barbara its students entirely participate an educational process that stimulates independent thought, critical reasoning, and creativity.
University students and staff are characterized by a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that meet the needs of multicultural and global society. With a living environment like no other UCSB draws inspiration in the beauty and resources of UC Santa Barbara's extraordinary location at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
The university is a comprehensive doctoral university and is organized into five colleges and schools offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees. It is a "very high activity" research university with 12 national research centers. 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.
Undergraduate teaching is focused on lectures, with larger lecture classes having sections. Sections may be tutorial style, or they may be set up as seminars or discussions.
UCSB is ranked 37th among "National Universities", 8th among U.S. public universities and 24th among Best Global Universities by U.S. News & World Report 's 2016 rankings. The university is also ranked 48th worldwide for 2016-17 by the Times Higher Education and 42nd worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016.
Undergraduates at UCSB enroll one of three colleges:
In the United States National Research Council rankings of graduate programs 2011, 10 UCSB departments were ranked in the top ten in the country: materials, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, marine science institute, geography, history, and theater and dance.
The main campus is located on a 414 ha site near Goleta, California, United States, 13 km from Santa Barbara and 160 km northwest of Los Angeles.
Palm-framed vistas of the blue Pacific and the golden Santa Ynez Mountains. The scent of eucalyptus mixed with the saltwater breeze. Breathtaking natural beauty combined with enormous intellectual vitality. This is the University of California, Santa Barbara, and there is no other campus quite like it.