Applying from outside of California? Excellent! We welcome students from across the U.S. to apply to UCSB. In fact, during the 2019-2020 academic year UCSB enrolled students from 49 different states and U.S. territories. 

Admission Requirements

You must meet the same admission requirements as a California resident student but you must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or better in the 15 A-G college-preparatory courses with no grade lower than a C.*

Unfortunately there is no pre-approved list of approved A-G courses for out-of-state schools. You can refer to the A-G course list site – a database of UC-certified course lists in California schools – as a guide for the types of courses that have been UC approved.

*UC has temporarily suspended the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter, spring, and summer 2020 for all students. A-G courses completed in winter, spring, or summer 2020 with Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades will satisfy appropriate A-G requirements.

UC Application for Non-Residents

Watch this 45-minute overview video on how to fill out the UC application as a student applying from outside the state of California. 


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. 

UC Information on California Residency


Cost of Attendance

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides a Cost of Attendance Calculator to help estimate your college expenses. 

Cost of Attendance Calculator