How to Apply

A trip through the admissions process at UC Santa Barbara.

Applying to UCSB

The UC application is only available online at the University of California website. As a rule, UC Santa Barbara accepts applications from first-time freshman and junior-level transfer students only. The only exception is the College of Creative Studies, which will accept applications for senior-level transfer. Usually, UCSB only accepts applications in the fall quarter and is closed for winter and spring admission. Visit the Application Timeline page for specific application dates for freshman, transfer and international applicants.

Application Fees and Waivers

The filing fee for each University of California campus you apply to is $70. For international applicants, the filing fee is $80 per campus.

Fee Waivers
There are fee waivers available for individuals who meet eligibility guidelines based on household size and family income. Please check with your high school's college counselor for more information. When you apply online, you may request a review for a fee waiver in section 8 of the UC application. The fee waiver can be used to apply to up to four UC campuses. If you wish to apply to more than four campuses, you must pay the $70 fee for each additional campus.

Personal Insight Questions

The University of California requires personal insight questions as part of the undergraduate application for admission. Your answers will help Office of Admissions counselors discover a sense of you as an individual and envision the contributions you might make to UCSB.

Applying to a Late or Closed Term

Filing deadlines are rarely extended.
To apply for admission after a filing period has ended or for a UCSB term that will be closed to new applicants, you must submit a written appeal. Consideration for appeals is based on your overall application and extenuating circumstances.

In your letter of appeal, please include:
  • A statement describing your special circumstances.
  • The quarter and year for which you are applying.
  • Whether you are applying as a freshman or transfer student.
  • Intended major.
  • Full legal name (no nicknames).
  • Address and phone number.
  • E-mail address.
  • Date of birth.
  • The last four digits of your social security number (if applicable).
  • Copies of all transcripts.
Mail your appeal to:
Admissions Review Committee
UCSB Office of Admissions
1210 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2014

Or fax a copy to:
(805) 893-2676

You should receive written notification that of the decision within four to six weeks after the Office of Admissions receives your appeal. If the appeal is granted, you may then fill out an electronic application online. Please note that the data in your application will need to match the data in your appeal letter for the online application to be processed.

If you have already applied to UC, but wish to add UCSB as a campus choice, the process is the same. However, if the appeal is granted, you do not have to do anything more. The central processor will bill you for the application fee by mail.

Statement of Application Integrity

The University of California encourages applicants to seek assistance from parents, counselors, teachers and others in presenting themselves in the best possible light on the undergraduate admission application and in their personal statement.

We remind applicants that all information must be complete, accurate, and their own work. Failure to submit accurate information will jeopardize consideration for admission to UC for the current or any future terms. Students found to have falsified application information will be subject to penalties.

Falsified application information may include but is not limited to: making inaccurate statements on the application, withholding information requested on the application, giving false information or submitting fraudulent or falsified documents in support of an admissions application.

Academic History
Self-reported courses and grades must reflect official records and must include:
    • Dates of attendance at every school/college/university
    • Titles of all courses and examinations completed, including original and repeated
    • Grades/marks/scores received, including original and repeated
    • Credit, hours or units earned
    • Any degree or diploma received

Personal Insight Questions
The personal insight quesitons should reflect the student’s own ideas and be written by him or her alone. Students may receive advice on content and editing but the work must be their own. Students must not plagiarize or copy from sources in print or online nor use any other person’s words or published works.

Awards, Honors, Activities, Internships, Volunteer Work/Paid Employment
All information provided must be true and verifiable by an independent party.

UC Applying Guide

How to Apply to UC

Helpful Hints

  • UC application opens: August 1
  • UC application deadline: Submit November 1-30
  • Online applications do not require letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts will only be requested from admitted students.
  • UCSB's College Board code is 004835. For financial aid, the UCSB code is 001320.