University of California-Santa Barbara

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,564
1.07% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$16,874
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.51%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
25.8%
110,995 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
26,420
96.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
85.7%
4,268 Graduates

About

University of California-Santa Barbara is a higher education institution located in Santa Barbara County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at University of California-Santa Barbara were Sociology (672 degrees awarded), Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (656 degrees), and Experimental Psychology (456 degrees).

In 2022, 7,814 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of California-Santa Barbara. 55.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,473 degrees), 1.32 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1,870 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Barbara is $11,564, which is $−18,586 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Barbara is $11,564, which is $−18,586 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,874.

In 2022, 61% of undergraduate students attending University of California-Santa Barbara received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 18% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$11,564
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Barbara was $11,564. The cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Barbara is $−18,586 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$16,874
2022 Value
2.65%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of California-Santa Barbara had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,874. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of California-Santa Barbara grew by 2.65%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,251
Room and Board
$1,317
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Santa Barbara was of $15,251 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4.85% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,317. The cost of books and supplies increased by 4.61% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

61%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
18%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

61% of undergraduate students at University of California-Santa Barbara received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 1.61% with respect to 2021, when 62% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.51%
2019 Default Rate
19
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of California-Santa Barbara was 0.51%, which represents 19 out of the 3725 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of California-Santa Barbara received 110,995 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 5.07% annual growth. Out of those 110,995 applicants, 28,688 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 25.8% acceptance rate.

There were 26,420 students enrolled at University of California-Santa Barbara in 2022.

University of California-Santa Barbara has an overall enrollment yield of 17.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

25.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
28,688
Accepted Out of 110,995

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of California-Santa Barbara was 25.8% (28,688 admissions from 110,995 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 29.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 5.07%, while admissions declined by −6.93%..

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Enrollment

University of California-Santa Barbara had a total enrollment of 26,420 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Barbara is 25,514 students and the part-time enrollment is 906. This means that 96.6% of students enrolled at University of California-Santa Barbara are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of California-Santa Barbara, both undergraduate and graduate, is 31.9% White, 23.6% Hispanic or Latino, 17.8% Asian, 7.78% Two or More Races, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.151% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.102% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of California-Santa Barbara in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (17.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (16.2%) and White Male (13.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (19.4%), followed by White Male (18.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.25%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of California-Santa Barbara in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26,420 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Barbara is 25,514 and the part-time enrollment is 906. This means that 96.6% of students enrolled at University of California-Santa Barbara are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

92%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of California-Santa Barbara was 92%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), University of California-Santa Barbara had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    8,418 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    6,231 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    4,715 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of California-Santa Barbara is 31.9% White, 23.6% Hispanic or Latino, 17.8% Asian, 7.78% Two or More Races, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.151% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.102% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 633 students (2.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 902 more women than men received degrees from University of California-Santa Barbara. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of California-Santa Barbara is white (2,473 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1870 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of California-Santa Barbara is Sociology (672 degrees awarded), followed by Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (656 degrees) and Experimental Psychology (456 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of California-Santa Barbara, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Math & Statistics (686 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,894 degrees), and Physical Sciences (431 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Barbara are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (370,527 people), Other managers (316,316 people), Postsecondary teachers (249,687 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (185,250 people), and Software developers (148,637 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Barbara in 2022 are Math & Statistics (686 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,894 degrees), Physical Sciences (431 degrees), Language & Linguistics (254 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (156 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Barbara are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Barbara are Math & Statistics (686 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,894 degrees), Physical Sciences (431 degrees), Language & Linguistics (254 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (156 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Barbara are Elementary & secondary schools (476,745 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (471,120 people), Computer Systems Design (298,231 people), Legal services (294,323 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (211,798 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Barbara are Math & Statistics (686 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (1,894 degrees), Physical Sciences (431 degrees), Language & Linguistics (254 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (156 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of California-Santa Barbara.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 672 degrees awarded
  2. 656 degrees awarded
  3. 456 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of California-Santa Barbara was Sociology with 672 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,456
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
4,358
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 3,456 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Barbara, which is 0.793 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,358).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 419 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Barbara in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics, which is 1.61 times more than the 260 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 493 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Barbara in Sociology, which is 2.58 times more than the 191 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

69%
100% Completion Time
84%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 69% of students graduating from University of California-Santa Barbara completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 84% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 85% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (90.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of California-Santa Barbara is Female and Asian (90.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.55% of graduates (66 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,473 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,870 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    1,434 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of California-Santa Barbara is white (2,473 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1870 degrees).

2.56% of degree recipients (200 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,361 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,180 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    1,112 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of California-Santa Barbara is white female (1,361 degrees awarded). There were 1.15 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (1180 degrees).

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Operations

University of California-Santa Barbara employs 513 Professors, 204 Lecturers and 189 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of California-Santa Barbara are Male Professor (315), Female Professor (198), and Female Lecturer (109).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Barbara are: Business and Financial Operations, with 579 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 516 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 485 employees.

Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $146M - Federal
  2. $9.23M - State
  3. $1.05M - Local

As of 2022, University of California-Santa Barbara received $146M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $9.23M from state grants and contracts, and $1.05M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$568M
2022 Salaries
2.45%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of California-Santa Barbara paid a median of $568M in salaries, a 2.45% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$183M
Instructional Salaries
1,085
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of California-Santa Barbara paid a total of $183M to 1,085 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
513 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
579 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Barbara were Professor with 513 employees, Lecturer with 204 employees, and Assistant professor with 189 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Barbara were Business and Financial Operations with 579 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science with 516 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 485 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Barbara was Male Professor with 315 employees, Female Professor with 198 employees, and Female Lecturer with 109 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of California-Santa Barbara.

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