University of California at Santa Barbara School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Santa Barbara, CA

$11,442

Avg in-state tuition

$41,196

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About University of California at Santa Barbara

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

A public university located in Santa Barbara, California, UC Santa Barbara has an annual enrollment of over 26,000 students. The research university accepts 30% of applicants and graduates 83% of its enrollees. UC Santa Barbara students can choose from over 200 majors, including more than 55 graduate programs. Learners have access to about 500 student organizations, and UC Santa Barbara researchers are connected with 10 national institutes and centers.

Admissions Breakdown

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

Acceptance Rate Insight

37% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Test scores Required

High school rank Not required or recommended

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

While test scores can be an important aspect of college applications, schools determine admission based on several factors, and these test scores are only a suggested range.

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SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1230-1460

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 28-34

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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26k

Students Enrolled

100%

Online Student Enrollment

18:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus
International Online classes are available for students around the world.

Demographics

White

32%

Hispanic

23%

Asian

18%

Non-U.S. Citizen

15%

Two or more races

8%

Unknown

3%

Black

2%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

54%

Socio-economic diversity

29% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $11,442 $41,196
Graduate $11,442 $26,544

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time, degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,259
On-campus room and board $15,903
On-campus other expenses $5,381
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $13,188
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $5,916
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $13,986

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $33,985 $63,739
Off-campus without family $31,805 $61,559
Off-campus with family $26,687 $56,441

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

48%

State Grant Aid

38%

Institution Grant Aid

46%

Pell Grant

29%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $4,447
State Grant Aid $11,229
Institution Grant Aid $9,056
Pell Grant Aid $4,926

Financial Outlook

$43k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

$15k

Average student debt after graduation

Resource

Understanding Grants & Scholarships

Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPEDS data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.