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Research Opportunities

Research thrives at UCSB. From nanotechnology to international studies, the campus is home to a variety of departments conducting outstanding research in a wide range of disciplines. Over half of all graduating seniors collaborate with faculty members on original research or creative projects. For a complete list of campus centers conducting ongoing research projects, visit the UC Santa Barbara Office of Research.  

Fast Facts

  • UCSB was ranked as the No. 3 public university in the world by the Leiden Ranking in 2018 for its impact on the sciences.
  • The campus is home to more than 100 research units, including 10 national centers funded by federal agencies and departments such as the National Science Foundation.
  • As one of only 62 institutions elected to the Association of American Universities—a list that includes Harvard, Yale and Rutgers, to name a few—UCSB stands among the top 1.5 percent of all universities in the U.S. and Canada.