All University of California campuses use the UC application. By starting your application, you're taking the first step toward applying for UCSB admission and scholarships all at once.

  • The UC application opens each year on August 1 and can be submitted from November 1-30.
  • The UC admissions website has detailed information on requirements, preparing to apply, and more. 

Applying FAQs

For our full list of frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page.


The UC Application for fall admission to UCSB opens on August 1. The submission period is November 1-30. UCSB only accepts applications for the fall term.

You can fill out and submit a UC application on the University of California’s admissions website during the submission period. There is a $70 fee per campus for U.S. residents and an $80 fee per campus for international students.

UCSB will not use SAT/ACT scores in our selection process for applicants through the fall 2024 application cycle. All applicants to UC have the option to submit scores on the application. If you elect to do so, these scores will not be visible to Admission Counselors reviewing your application to UCSB and will not be used in admissions selection. Test scores may be used for coursework placement post-enrollment. For details on the UC system, visit the UC Exam Requirement page.

UCSB departments that previously recommended SAT subject exams have suspended these recommendations given the current challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Transfer students are never required to submit ACT or SAT scores.

We offer helpful webinars on the UC application and Personal Insight Questions for both high school and transfer applicants. Visit our Virtual Admissions Events page for more information. Our 9-part UC Application Tutorial YouTube playlist also offers a step-by-step guide to each section of the UC application. 

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If you are a senior in high school or if you have recently graduated and have not enrolled in another college or university, you're a freshman applicant! Learn how to get started applying to UCSB.

Freshman Applicants 

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Learn more about requirements for transfer applicants, selective majors, TAG, and the transfer experience at UCSB.

Transfer Applicants

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Get information on curriculum requirements, English language proficiency, and more.

International Applicants

Campus Admission Presentation

Watch a 30-minute overview of what our campus offers and how admissions work at UCSB.

Cost of Attendance

Curious about cost? Learn about UCSB's cost of attendance, scholarships, work-study, and more. 

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

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California Residency

You may have questions about residency for tuition purposes. Get a residency overview and learn about the UC residency policy on the Office of the Registrar website.