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. 


Admission Decision Release

Thank you for applying to our campus for fall 2021 admission. Visit our What's Next page for next steps and a helpful FAQ for applicants. Check out our Applicant Portal tutorial video below for tips. Decisions will be released in mid-March for freshmen and mid-April for transfers. 

Applicant Portal Tutorial Video


Get a Taste of UCSB through Faculty Lectures

Wondering what classes at UCSB are really like? View our Faculty Lectures playlist and Social Justice Faculty Lectures playlist for lectures presented virtually by UCSB's amazing faculty in subjects ranging from Psychological and Brain Sciences to Economics to Music and more. 

Faculty Lectures

News & Admissions Updates


Virtual Tours & Student Panels

The Office of Admissions and Visitor Center are still closed until further notice, but you can explore campus and talk to current UCSB students from home! Join student panels and virtual guided tours hosted by student tour guides. 

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COVID-19 Updates

The Office of Admissions is closed to the public but we are available to help virtually: visit our FAQ page first or our contact us page. Visit the UC Santa Barbara COVID page for more campus information.

UCSB COVID-19 Information

Campus Video

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 videosStudent Life videos, a UC Application Tutorial, 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

UCSB During COVID-19

You might be curious what it's like to be a remote UCSB student. Watch as Sarah gives us a sneak peek into her life during quarantine. If you want to see more from Sarah, view our UCSB Perspectives Playlist on YouTube for an inside look at UCSB from five students: Sarah, Johnny, Demi, Chris, and Emma. 


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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. 


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


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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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