University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Barbara

About Us

UCSB is one of America's Public Ivy universities, which recognizes top public research universities in the United States. The university is a comprehensive doctoral university and is organized into five colleges and schools offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees.The focus of the University of California is on research. Like all University of California campuses, UCSB prioritizes academic development over vocational learning. Undergraduate teaching is centered on lectures, with larger lecture classes having sections. Sections may be tutorial style, or they may be set up as seminars or discussions. For undergraduates, UCSB confers both BA and BS degrees. Music majors may pursue a Bachelor of Music degree. Graduate teaching involves seminar style classes and an emphasis on research and further study. UCSB confers MA, MS, and PhD degrees. Those studying music may pursue a MM or DMA degree. Students pursuing a career in education may receive a MEd or EdD degree. The university granted 5,812 bachelors, 578 masters, and 354 PhD degrees in 2010–2011. UCSB is considered to be a "Public Ivy". The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Santa Barbara as the 41st best university (and 11th best public university) in the United States. In 2013 Kiplinger ranked UCSB 14th out of the top 100 best-value public colleges and universities in the nation, and 4th in California.