Student Quote
Having been given the tremendous opportunity to conduct research really gave me valuable experience. It allowed me to grow as a scholar and will be of vital use during my graduate studies. It will place me ahead of the curve.
- Juan G., UCSB student

Research Opportunities

Lab Equipment

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

  • In 2016 UCSB was ranked as the No. 1 public university in the world by the Leiden Ranking for its impact on the sciences.
  • The campus is home to more than 100 research units, including 11 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.