News & Admissions Updates
Thank you for your interest in UC Santa Barbara. Our team is hard at work preparing our systems to review the applications of student scholars such as yourself. Application acknowledgements will be sent in mid-December with instructions for accessing the UCSB applicant portal, which will open early January.
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.
UC Application is Closed
First-year Freshman: The UC Application is closed for Fall 2023. We look forward to reading your application.
Transfer: UC Santa Barbara has extended the deadline for you to apply. The Fall 2023 application will close on January 6, 2023. If you require assistance, please connect with your transfer admissions counselor.
View our 7-minute 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, Student Life videos, a UC Application Tutorial, and a Faculty Lecture Series—to learn even more about the UCSB experience.
Graduating high school soon? Amazing! We'll let you know how to get started on applying to UCSB as a freshman.
UCSB During COVID-19
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, view our UCSB Perspectives Playlist on YouTube for an inside look at UCSB from students.
public university in the U.S.
UCSB consistently ranks in the top 10 public universities in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges list.
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?
Our student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 means you can interact with your professors in classes, office hours, research collaborations, and more.