As you weigh your college options, you might be wondering how UC Santa Barbara stands out from other campuses you're considering. Here are 10 reasons to choose UCSB! 


Achieve academic excellence

UCSB is consistently ranked in the top 10 public universities in the nation. From outstanding departments to award-winning faculty, our majors pave the way to a future career or graduate study.


Join a unique community

UCSB students are social, collaborative, and ready to make the most of their time on campus. If you're hoping to participate in university life while succeeding academically, UCSB is for you.


Live in paradise 

If you are hoping to study on the beach, enjoy mild weather year-round, and take advantage of the amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, UCSB is for you. 


Receive support

Whether you're seeking academic advising, pre-professional programs, counseling, resource centers, tutoring, or countless other resources, "we Gaucho back." 


Experience interactive, hands-on learning

From the lab to the art studio, a degree from UCSB isn't just about classroom learning. If you're hoping to conduct research in the local area, intern in the local community, and learn by doing, UCSB is for you.


Prepare for your career 

Career Services brings 400+ top companies and 100+ graduate and professional schools to campus each year during recruiting events. 


Join the sustainability movement

Our campus is a living lab, and everyone has a role. Students have access to 7 miles of bike paths; unlimited bus rides; LEED Platinum-certified and fully-solar powered buildings; campus-wide composting; and more.


Take advantage of our undergraduate focus

With 23,000 undergraduates and only 3,000 graduate students, undergraduates get the unique opportunity to conduct research with faculty that might be done by graduate students at another campus. 


Make an impact

UCSB's cutting-edge Technology Management Program teaches entrepreneurial and business principles. Over 65 startups have resulted from UCSB technology, and yours could be next! If you're interested in contributing new knowledge to your field, check out the eight majors in our College of Creative Studies.  


Enjoy campus

Grab fish tacos in the Hub, attend Extravaganza, table with your student organization in the Arbor, or rent a stand-up paddleboard and enjoy some R&R in the Pacific Ocean. There's no limit on what you can do.

Why Choose UCSB?

Hear from current UCSB students about why they chose UC Santa Barbara.