How much does University of California - Santa Barbara cost?

University of California - Santa Barbara Cost of Attendance
In-state $14,391
Out-of-state $44,145
On-Campus Room and Board $15,520
Off-Campus Room and Board $9,461
Average Annual Cost
Average Cost by Family Income
Family Income Average Cost
Under $30,000 $10,316
$30,000-$48,000 $11,895
$48,000-$75,000 $15,343
$75,000-$110,000 $10,316
Over $110,000 $31,226

University of California - Santa Barbara Financial Aid and Debt


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Financial Aid Breakdown for Full-time Incoming Freshman

Aid Type % Receiving Average Amount
Grant or scholarship aid 63% $18,561
Federal Grants 33% $5,180
Pell grants 33% $4,861
Other federal grants 1% $4,118
State/local goverment grant or scholarships 43% $11,438
Institutional grants or scholarships 52% $9,569
Student loan aid 36% $6,118
Federal student loans 34% $5,417
Other student loans 13% $4,848

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Micro-scholarships* Colleges Awarding Amount
Visit a college campus 275 Up to $6,000
Take a challenging class 288 Up to $3,000
Do community service 278 Up to $500
Have perfect attendance for a year 198 Up to $2,100
Do an extracurricular activity 276 Up to $3,000
Take a foreign language class 185 Up to $5,000
Have work experience 198 Up to $12,000
Attend a summer program 130 Up to $4,500

*GPA and other eligibility restrictions may apply

University of California - Santa Barbara Admissions

What is University of California - Santa Barbara's admissions rate?
Acceptance Rate 30%
Average GPA
SAT Submissions 87% of applicants
SAT Reading 620-710
SAT Math 610-770
SAT Writing 510-630
ACT Submissions 37% of applicants
Composite Score 27-34

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University of California - Santa Barbara Campus Life


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Student Population

Campus Life
Total undergraduates 22186
Living on campus 12%
Transfer Students 11%
Under Age 25
Gender Balance

Student Diversity

Diversity Index: Chance you’ll bump into a diverse range of students
Hispanic or Latino
Black or African American
American Indian or Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

2 Student Testimonials



Freshman · Communication and Media Studies

The culture at UCSB is friendly and laidback. While there are all kinds of people in the community, everyone can find a niche for themselves. The diversity of students is refreshing and interesting. It is easily possible to party, remain healthy, and still succeed academically at the same time, which is something not common at many schools. Greek life, which I am a part of, seems like a powerful influence, but in reality it only makes up 12% of the student body, so there are other opportunities.



Freshman · Environmental Studies

There is a reason UCSB is ranked #1 in student happiness! This campus and college town is for sure one of the friendliest, collaborative spaces I've ever been in. It is so easy to find many diverse groups of people with different passions. No matter what kind of person you are, if you make the effort to get involved with clubs/activities you love, you're guaranteed to meet people who will stick with you throughout your four years here and beyond.

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About University of California - Santa Barbara


5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA

Type Public
Profit Status
Category Research Universities
Setting Midsize Suburb
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