UCSB offers globally recognized academic programs in a collaborative, dynamic atmosphere. UCSB is more than a place to obtain a degreeit's a top 10 public university in one of the most beautiful places on Earth where you can carve your own path towards an impactful future. 

News & Admissions Updates





Visitor Center Open & Virtual Tours

We are excited to welcome you to our beautiful campus! The Visitor Center is open for self-guided campus visits. Limited guided tours are now available. Check out our On-Campus & Virtual Visits webpage for more information. You can still explore campus and talk to current UCSB students from home! Join virtual guided tours hosted by student tour guides.

Register for a Virtual Guided Tour


Register for Freshman & Transfer Webinars

Check out our admissions webinars for freshman and transfer applicants to navigate through the admission process.

Virtual Admissions Events


UC Application is Closed

The UC Application is closed for both freshman and transfer applicants. We hope you apply in 2024!



COVID-19 Updates

The Office of Admissions is open for in person and virtual assistance. Visit our FAQ page first or our contact us page. Look through the UC Santa Barbara COVID page for more campus information.

UCSB COVID-19 Information



View our Admission Terminology Glossary!

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Campus Video

View our campus overview video to learn more about our campus, academics, student life, athletics, and more.

Visit our YouTube channel for a variety of playlists—including Major Spotlights videos, a UC Application Tutorial (Spanish UC Application Tutorial here), and a Faculty Lecture Series—to learn even more about the UCSB experience.

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Graduating high school soon? Amazing! We'll let you know how to get started on applying to UCSB as a freshman. 

Freshman Applicants

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Learn about junior-level transfer requirements and the transfer experience at UCSB.

Transfer Applicants

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Get information on applying to UCSB as an international freshman or transfer student.

International Applicants

A Day in the Life

You might be curious what it's like to be a UCSB student. Watch as Cecilia gives us a sneak peek into her life as a Gaucho. If you want to see more students, view our UCSB Perspectives Playlist on YouTube for an inside look at UCSB from students. 


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Forbes Magazine, which showcased 500 of the finest U.S. institutions of higher education in its 2023 America’s Top Colleges list, ranked UC Santa Barbara as the No. 5 public university in the country.



UCSB has far more undergraduates than graduate students, meaning undergraduates can be involved in faculty projects that would normally involve graduate students at other campuses. 


faculty Nobel prizes

Our faculty include six Nobel Laureates for chemistry, physics, and economics. Will you be next?


student-to-faculty ratio

Our student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 means you can interact with your professors in classes, office hours, research collaborations, and more.

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FSSP & Transfer Edge

The University campus is located on Indigenous land. In recognizing the traditional custodians of the land, we pay respect to the Chumash people, the history and culture of the community, and all Native Americans as America’s First Peoples. We pay respect to the Chumash Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, and the culture of this area, which has become a place of learning for people from all over the world.