University of California-Santa Barbara

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,442
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$17,223
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.82%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
36.7%
90,961 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
26,179
96.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
84%
3,968 Graduates

About

University of California-Santa Barbara is a higher education institution located in Santa Barbara County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of California-Santa Barbara were Sociology (713 degrees awarded), Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (703 degrees), and General Communication (517 degrees).

In 2020, 8,009 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of California-Santa Barbara. 55% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,738 degrees), 1.47 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1857 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Barbara is $11,442, which is $−17,187 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of California-Santa Barbara is $11,442, which is $−17,187 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,223.

In 2020, 63% of undergraduate students attending University of California-Santa Barbara received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 28% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,442
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Barbara was $11,442. The cost of tuition at University of California-Santa Barbara is $−17,187 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$17,223
2020 Value
2.72%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 University of California-Santa Barbara had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,223. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of University of California-Santa Barbara grew by 2.72%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,169
Room and Board
$1,184
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-Santa Barbara was of $14,169 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,184. The cost of room and board increased by 1.05% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.33% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

63%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
28%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

63% of undergraduate students at University of California-Santa Barbara received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.61% with respect to 2019, 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.
1.82%
2018 Default Rate
63
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at University of California-Santa Barbara was 1.82%, which represents 63 out of the 3462 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 90,961 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 2.66% annual decline. Out of those 90,961 applicants, 33,384 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 36.7% acceptance rate.

There were 26,179 students enrolled at University of California-Santa Barbara in 2020, and 82% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of California-Santa Barbara has an overall enrollment yield of 14.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

36.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
33,384
Accepted Out of 90,961

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of California-Santa Barbara was 36.7% (33,384 admissions from 90,961 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 29.6%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −2.66%, while admissions grew by 20.8%.

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SAT Scores

82%
Submission Percentage
3,957
Scores Submitted

82% of enrolled first-time students at University of California-Santa Barbara in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of California-Santa Barbara has a total enrollment of 26,179 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Barbara is 25,254 students and the part-time enrollment is 925. This means that 96.5% 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 31.7% White, 23% Hispanic or Latino, 17.5% Asian, 7.8% Two or More Races, 2.11% Black or African American, 0.202% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.145% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of California-Santa Barbara in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (16.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (15.1%) and White Male (13.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (21.7%), followed by White Female (20.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.55%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of California-Santa Barbara, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26,179 students. The full-time enrollment at University of California-Santa Barbara is 25,254 and the part-time enrollment is 925. This means that 96.5% of students enrolled at University of California-Santa Barbara are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2020 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 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), 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
  1. White
    8,288
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    6,033
  3. Asian
    4,594

The enrolled student population at University of California-Santa Barbara is 31.7% White, 23% Hispanic or Latino, 17.5% Asian, 7.8% Two or More Races, 2.11% Black or African American, 0.202% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.145% 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 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% 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, 681 students (2.6%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 801 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 (2,738 degrees awarded). There were 1.47 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1857 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of California-Santa Barbara is Sociology (713 degrees awarded), followed by Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (703 degrees) and General Communication (517 degrees).

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 Natural Resources & Conservation (438 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (178 degrees), and Math & Statistics (550 degrees).

Workforce

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 (332,762 people), Other managers (250,002 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (167,147 people), Postsecondary teachers (160,715 people), and Chief executives & legislators (115,908 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Barbara are Natural Resources & Conservation (438 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (178 degrees), Math & Statistics (550 degrees), Social Sciences (2,063 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (150 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

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 Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Aerospace engineers, Physicians, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Barbara are Natural Resources & Conservation (438 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (178 degrees), Math & Statistics (550 degrees), Social Sciences (2,063 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (150 degrees).

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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 (367,128 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (319,239 people), Legal services (262,221 people), Computer Systems Design (208,064 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (172,774 people).

The most specialized majors at University of California-Santa Barbara are Natural Resources & Conservation (438 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (178 degrees), Math & Statistics (550 degrees), Social Sciences (2,063 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (150 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 713 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 703 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 517 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of California-Santa Barbara was Sociology with 713 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,604
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
4,405
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 3,604 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Barbara, which is 0.818 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,405).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 465 degrees were awarded to men at University of California-Santa Barbara in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics, which is 1.77 times more than the 262 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 525 degrees were awarded to women at University of California-Santa Barbara in Sociology, which is 2.6 times more than the 202 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

68%
100% Completion Time
82%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 68% 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, 82% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 83% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (92.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of California-Santa Barbara is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (92.9% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 1.18% of graduates (47 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,738 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,857 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    1,318 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of California-Santa Barbara is white (2,738 degrees awarded). There were 1.47 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1857 degrees).

2.51% of degree recipients (201 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,491 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,247 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,121 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of California-Santa Barbara is white female (1,491 degrees awarded). There were 1.2 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,247 degrees).

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Operations

University of California-Santa Barbara has an endowment valued at nearly $278M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $21.1M (7.58%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, University of California-Santa Barbara had a total salary expenditure of $N/A. University of California-Santa Barbara employs 505 Professors, 215 Lecturers, and 215 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of California-Santa Barbara are Male Professors (341), Female Professors(164), and Female Lecturers (124).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Barbara are: Business and Financial Operations, with 530 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 515 employees, and Service with 485 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$278M
2020 Endowment
10.6%
growth from 2019

University of California-Santa Barbara has an endowment valued at about $278M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of University of California-Santa Barbara grew 10.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $23.7M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $129M - Federal
  2. $7.16M - State
  3. $1.24M - Local

As of 2020, University of California-Santa Barbara received $129M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $7.16M from state grants and contracts, and $1.24M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$574M
2020 Salaries
5.99%
growth from 2019

In 2020, University of California-Santa Barbara paid a median of $574M in salaries, which represents NaNM% of their overall expenditure ($N/A) and a 5.99% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.5% growth from 2018 and a 1.05% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$167M
Instructional Salaries
1,097
Number of Employees

In 2020, University of California-Santa Barbara paid a total of $167M to 1,097 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
505 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
530 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Barbara were Professor with 505 employees; Lecturer with 215 employees; and Lecturer with 215 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of California-Santa Barbara were Business and Financial Operations with 530 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 515 employees; and Service with 485 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of California-Santa Barbara was Male Professor with 341 employees, Female Professor with 164 employees, and Female Lecturer with 124 employees.

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

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