The University of California, Santa Barbara
commonly known as UCSB
or UC Santa
, is a public
research university and one of the 10 general campuses of the
University of California
system. The main campus is located on a site in
California, northwest of Los Angeles.
Founded as an independent teachers'
college, UCSB joined the University of California system in 1944
and is the fourth-oldest general-education campus in the
UCSB is a comprehensive doctoral university and is organized into
five colleges offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate
degrees. The campus is the 5th-largest in the UC system by
enrollment with 18,429 undergraduate and 2,981 graduate students.
The university granted 5,442 bachelor's, 576 master's, and 310
Ph.D. degrees in 2006-2007. The four-year, full-time undergraduate
program is classified by the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
selective, higher transfer-in" and was ranked 42nd among "National
Universities" by U.S. News & World
UC Santa Barbara is a "very high activity" research university and
spent $191.2 million on research expenditures, 97th-largest in the
United States. UCSB houses eleven national research centers,
including the Kavli Institute for Theoretical
Physics, Southern California
Earthquake Center, and Materials Research Laboratory.
faculty members have won the Nobel
Prize, 29 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 27 to the National Academy of
Engineering, and 23 to the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences.
UCSB was elected to the Association of American
in 1995. UCSB was the #3 host on the ARPAnet
The UC Santa Barbara
compete in the NCAA Division I Big
. The Gauchos have won NCAA national
championships in men's soccer and men's water polo.
The predecessor to UCSB, Santa Barbara State
, focused on teacher training, industrial arts, home
economics, and foreign languages. Intense lobbying by an interest
group in the City of Santa Barbara, led by Thomas Storke and Pearl
Chase, persuaded the State Legislature, Governor Earl Warren
, and the Regents of the
University of California
to move the State College over to the
more research-oriented University of California system in 1944. The
State College system sued to stop the takeover, but the Governor
did not support the suit. A state initiative was passed, however,
to stop subsequent conversions of State Colleges to University of
Originally, the Regents envisioned a small, several
thousand-student liberal arts college, a so-called `Williams College
of the West,' at Santa
Barbara. Chronologically, UCSB is only the third general-education
campus of the University of California, after Berkeley and UCLA
(the only other state campus to have been acquired by the UC
system.) The original campus the Regents acquired in Santa Barbara
was located on only of largely unusable land on a seaside mesa,
however. The availability of a ex-Marine Base on another seaside
mesa in Goleta, which the Regents could acquire for free from the
federal government, led to that site becoming the Santa Barbara
campus in 1949.
Originally, only 3000-3500 students were
anticipated, but the post WWII baby boom
led to the designation of general campus in 1958, along with a name
change from "Santa Barbara College" to "University of California,
Santa Barbara," and the discontinuation of the industrial arts
program for which the State college was famous. A Chancellor
, Samuel B. Gould, was
appointed in 1959. All of this change was done in accordance with
the California Master
Plan for Higher Education
. Notable alumni of UCSB include Jack
Johnson, Mike Moyer, Keith Williamson, Jason Lezak, Michael
Douglas, Aaron Parsons, and Steve Aoki.
UCSB became nationally known as a hotbed of anti-Vietnam War
activity in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Other than UC Berkeley, no other California college received as much
attention from the national media for its antiwar
activities. Events during the era included a bombing at
the school's faculty club in 1969 (which killed the caretaker,
Dover Sharp), burning of the Bank of
America branch building in the student community of Isla Vista, and then Governor Ronald
Reagan imposing a curfew and ordering the
National Guard to enforce
it during the 1971-72 school year.
were a common sight on campus and in Isla Vista during this time. A
number of noteworthy anti war speakers made UCSB a key stop on
national speaking tours. Among them were Jesse Jackson
, Ralph Abernathy
, Abbie Hoffman
, Eldridge Cleaver
, Eugene McCarthy
, William Kunstler
and George McGovern
. In a later era, John Anderson
, Jesse Jackson
, and Hillary Clinton
were the Presidential
candidates to speak at the school.
UCSB was elected to the Association of American Universities in
located on cliffs directly above the Pacific Ocean. UCSB's campus has not been annexed by the
city of Santa
Barbara and thus is not technically part of the
city. While it appears closer to the recently
formed city of Goleta, a parcel of the City of Santa Barbara that forms a
strip of "city" through the ocean to the Santa Barbara airport,
runs through the west entrance to the university campus.
A view over the school's lagoon to one
of the Channel Islands
Although UCSB has a Santa Barbara mailing address, as do other
unincorporated areas around the city, only this entry parcel is in
the Santa Barbara city limits. Like all other UC and CSU campuses,
it is self-governing and cannot be incorporated into either city.
The campus is divided into four parts: Main campus that houses all
academic units plus the majority of Undergraduate housing, Storke
campus, West campus and North Campus. The campuses surround
the community of Isla Vista.
UCSB is one of a few universities in the United States with its own
beach. The campus, bordered on three sides by the Pacific Ocean,
has miles of coastline as well as its own lagoon. The campus has
numerous walking and bicycle paths across campus, around the lagoon
and along the beach.
is a large man-made body of water
adjacent to the coastline, between San Rafael and San Miguel
Residence Halls. It was created from a former tidal salt marsh flat
and is fed by a combination of run-off and ocean water used by the
Marine Science Building's aquatic life tanks; thus, it is a unique
combination of fresh and salt water. Many of the older campus
buildings are being replaced with newer, more modern facilities.
of the Davidson Library and the Arts Library, hold 2.8 million
bound volumes and millions of microforms,
government documents, manuscripts, maps, satellite and aerial
images, sound recordings, and other materials.
The 24 Hour
Study Room, formerly known as the RBR (Reserved Book Room), is
adjacent to the Davidson Library, which is located in the middle of
the UCSB campus.
Campbell Hall is the university's largest lecture hall with 860
seats. It is also the main venue for the UCSB Arts and Lectures
series, which presents special performances, films, and lectures
for the UCSB campus and Santa Barbara community.
Storke Tower, completed in 1969, is the tallest building in
It can be seen from most places on campus,
and it overlooks Storke Plaza. It is home to a five-octave, 61-bell
. KCSB 91.9 and the Daily Nexus have headquarters beneath Storke
The UCSB Family Vacation Center
founded in 1969, is a
summer family camp located on campus that draws over 2,000 guests
each summer. The staff of over 50 includes many UCSB students who
have been extensively trained as camp counselors.
UC Santa Barbara is a large, comprehensive, primarily residential
doctoral university. The full-time, four-year undergraduate program
comprises the majority of enrollments and has an arts &
sciences focus with high graduate co-existence. UCSB is organized
into five colleges offering 87 undergraduate degrees and 55
graduate degrees. The campus is the 5th-largest in the UC system by
enrollment with 18,429 undergraduate and 2,981 graduate students.
The university granted 5,442 bachelor's, 576 master's, and 310
Ph.D. degrees in 2006-2007. UC Santa Barbara has three undergraduate
colleges: the College of Letters & Science, the College of
Engineering, and the College of Creative Studies.
The College of Creative Studies offers
students an alternative approach to education by supporting
advanced, independent work in the arts, mathematics, and sciences.
campus also has two professional schools, the Donald Bren School
of Environmental Science, located in Bren Hall, and the Gevirtz Graduate School of
hosts 12 National Research Centers, including the Kavli
Institute for Theoretical Physics, Southern California
Earthquake Center, and the Materials Research
Eight of these Centers are supported by the
National Science Foundation.UCSB was selected as one of the first
California Institutes for Science and Innovation.
Among U.S. universities, UCSB is listed as one of the "public Ivies". Newsweek named UCSB one of "America’s 25 Hottest Colleges of 2005". UCSB was also ranked #59 of the "Top 100 Global Universities" by Newsweek Magazine in 2006. US News & World Report ranks the school 42nd among National Universities and 11th within public subset. Moreover, Forbes ranked UCSB as being the 14th best public university in the United States for "getting rich," as judged by its students' median salaries upon graduation. According to US News UCSB has the 5th best graduate program in Materials Engineering, the 10th best graduate physics program, including the 4th best program for Condensed Matter physics, and the 7th best program for Elementary Particles/Field/String Theory.
Student activities and traditions
UCSB is also a politically active campus. The UCSB Campus Democrats
are one of the most active organizations on campus. Over the years,
other political parties and organizations have also been known to
be active on campus, such as the Environmental Affairs Board
, and the Queer Student Union. Several
presidential and vice presidential candidates have visited the
campus in recent years, including Hillary Clinton
, John B. Anderson
. The campus has also seen a resurgence of anti-war
sentiment among students. In 2006, for example, a massive student
anti-war protest shut down Highway 217
, adjacent to the
campus. As can be seen from the infobox, undergraduate admissions
for minority students are slightly less than what the demographics
of California would predict, particularly for Chumash
and other Native American groups who
are local to the university, but are not admitted in representative
numbers. Black students constitute only 2-3% of the student body,
whereas almost 7% of California's population is black. Even fewer
minority students are represented at the graduate level (see
There are a variety of on campus centers offering social,
recreational, religious, and preprofessional activities for
students. The UCSB Multicultural Center puts on numerous activities every year to support
students of color and promote awareness of diversity issues on
campus. Other organizations and centers include the
Nexus, the campus newspaper, the La Cumbre Yearbook, the school radio
station, KCSB 91.9, , an alternative biweekly newspaper, and the
Gaucho Free Press, the campus's
conservative magazine. The UCSB Recreation Center also hosts a variety of activities, from Adventure
Programs to ballroom dancing
classes.Further UCSB Hillel offers a space for UCSB's large Jewish Population
and a place for Jewish students to come together in a unique
building in Isla Vista.Students socialize at the Arbor, the UCen, the
Coral Tree Cafe the Courtyard
Cafe and for a special lunch, the Faculty Club.
UCSB is the only UC campus with its own Paramedic Rescue Unit. It
is staffed by full-time professional paramedics and part-time
SexInfo, which was started in 1976 by Professors John and Janice
Baldwin, is run by students doing advanced course work and research
through UCSB's Sociology
Department. The site is dedicated to
providing accurate information about sexuality in a way that is
both informative and personal. SexInfo answers questions sent in by
readers from all over the world, as well as regularly updates and
posts articles on various topics related to human sexuality. This
program helps students getting their degree in psychology.
UCSB is also known for its annual free music festival, Extravaganza
. It is held at
Harder Stadium in the spring and generally attracts around 8,000
people. Past performers have included Nas
, Social Distortion
and Jack Johnson
8 residence halls at UCSB, seven of
which are located at the Main campus, and one of which, Santa
Catalina Dorms (Formerly known as Francisco Torres or FT), is
located near the entrance to West campus north of Isla Vista. 
De La Guerra dining commons
Santa Catalina has, not only its own dining commons, Portola Dining
Commons, but it has a heated swimming pool, two lounges, numerous
study rooms, 2 Recreational Rooms, a gym, as well as tennis courts
and an expansive lawn. Because Santa Catalina is nearly 1 mi.
off-campus it has its own Campus police station as well as housing
offices and Res-Net support center.
The Main Campus residence halls are found in two different
locations. On the east end of campus are the residence
halls named after five of the Channel
Islands: Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, San Miguel and San Nicolas.
There are two dining commons located near
the Channel Islands residence halls. The Ortega Dining
Commons is located between San Miguel and the University Center
, and the De
La Guerra Dining Commons (better known as DLG) is located between
Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and San Nicolas.
other residence halls, San Rafael and Manzanita Village, are located on the west side of campus and
primarily house continuing and transfer students.
Carrillo Dining Commons is located in Manzanita Village, right next to San Rafael Hall.
Village was completed in 2002, and is the newest residence hall on
Students may also choose to rent housing in the bordering community
of Isla Vista. An estimated average for rent costs is $500–$800
US/month to share a bedroom, and includes trash pickup and water
utilities. Low-cost housing is limited, with the cheapest source
being the Santa Barbara Student
Other sources of housing include the Greek System, and outlying
communities (i.e. Goleta, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, Montecito).
Many students live in Isla Vista, which is immediately adjacent to
campus. Isla Vista since the early 1960s has a reputation of being
a party environment. UCSB is also affiliated with the Santa Barbara Student
in Isla Vista, which seeks to provide low
rent co-op housing regardless of gender, race, social, political,
or religious affiliation, and thereby influencing the community to
eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the community.
The mascot of UCSB is the Gaucho
school colors are blue and gold. UCSB's sports teams compete in the
Big West Conference
, with the
exception of the men's and women's water polo teams and the men's
volleyball team, which are in the Mountain Pacific Sports
. Santa Barbara is best known for its women's
and men's soccer
teams. In 2006, UCSB won their
first NCAA Men's Soccer title and its second overall NCAA
championship (1979 water polo) in school history.
Athletics at UCSB is not limited to the Intercollegiate Athletic
Department. While there are some 400 students in ICA, there are
over 700 in Club Sports Teams including: Alpine Racing, Cycling
, Field Hockey
, Water Ski
. Many of these teams are highly
regarded and compete against Intercollegiate teams from across the
example Rowing has produced several
national team members including Nine-time National Rowing Team
member Amy Fuller, winner of several Olympic and World Championship medals and
currently head of the UCLA Rowing
The UCSB Cycling Team has also produced several
national team members, Olympians, and members of numerous US and
international professional teams.
Many other hundreds of students participate in a large Intramural
program consisting of Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag
Football, Golf, Floor Hockey, Indoor and Outdoor Soccer,
Racquetball, Squash, Running, Softball, Tennis, Table Tennis,
Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Inner tube water polo, and
One non-sanctioned sport also draws many student to UCSB: surfing.
The on-campus beaches include a number of decent surfing sites,
including "Poles," "Campus Point," "Depressions" and "Sands" and
"Devereaux Point" on the west campus. Because Campus Beach actually
faces South and East, and is shielded by the Santa Barbara Channel
Islands, the surf is usually quite small. However, a large North or
West swell can wrap in to create great waves which are typically
very clean and good for surfing. In the past there has been some
informal competition between UCSB surfers and those from other
schools, however, it is unknown if this tradition continues.
The Princeton Review
rates the University of California, Santa Barbara with an Admission
Selectivity of 95 out of 99 points. Admissions is classified as
"Most Selective" by U.S. News & World Report
score of 1871, and an SAT score of 1782
in the entering class of Fall 2007. Fall 2008 admitted class had a
mean GPA of 4.03. The entering class had a mean GPA of 3.84. The
application fee is $60. Applications can be completed on the
Internet. 25% of admitted students receive federal Pell grants
The faculty of UCSB have received five Nobel
since 1998, for landmark research in chemistry
. In addition, 25 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 24 members of the National Academy of
Engineering, and 21 members of the Academy of
Arts and Sciences.
- Walter Holden Capps
(1934-1997) — also known as Walter H. Capps — Democrat.
Political Science professor. U.S. Representative from California
22nd District, 1997; (defeated, 1994) died in office 1997.
- Kip Fulbeck, Professor of Art,
author, and artist exploring Hapa identity
- Michael Frank Goodchild,
Professor of Geography, winner of the 2007
Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud
- David J. Gross, Director of the Kavli
Institute for Theoretical Physics and 2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics.
- Alan J. Heeger, Professor of Physics and of Materials
and 2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
- Immanuel C.Y. Hsu, sinologist
and Emeritus Professor of History
- Jacob Israelachvili,
Professor of Chemical
Engineering and Materials, Elected
Fellow of the Royal Society of
- Walter Kohn, Founding director,
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Research Professor of
Physics and 1998 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
- Herbert Kroemer, Professor of
Computer Engineering and of Materials and 2000 Nobel Laureate
- Finn E. Kydland, Professor of Economics and 2004 Nobel Laureate in
- L. Gary
Leal, Warren & Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical
- Bruce H. Lipshutz, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
- William W. Murdoch, Charles A. Storke II professor
of population ecology, recipient
of the 1990 Robert H. MacArthur
Award, and AAAS Fellow known for his research in population
regulation, biological control, and predator-prey
- Shuji Nakamura, Japanese inventor
of the bright green, white and blue GaN LED
and a blue laser. Recipient of the Millennium Technology Prize from
the Finnish government in 2006.
- John Nathan, Takashima Professor of
Japanese Cultural Studies and Emmy-award winning director of
- Galen D. Stucky, E. Khashoggi Industries, LLC
Professor in Letters and Science, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Materials Departments.
- Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) -
Masters of Arts degree in Education degree
- Joseph M. Acaba - 1990 Astronaut on Space Shuttle
- Brandon Baker - Actor
- Robert Ballard - 1965,
Oceanographer, Discovered Titanic wreckage.
- Benjamin Bratt - 1986, actor
- Tony Cardenas - Los Angeles City
Councilmember, Former California State Assemblymember
- Leroy Chiao - 1985 (masters), 1987
(doctorate), NASA astronaut, American engineer
- Michael Douglas - 1968, Academy Award winning Actor and Producer
- Josh Elliott - ESPN sports
- Carol Greider - 1983 (B.A. in
biology), professor of molecular biology and genetics at Johns
Hopkins University, awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine.
- Don Hertzfeldt - 1998, Academy Award nominated filmmaker
- Jared Huffman - California State
- Harvey Levin- Attorney and host for
The People's Court, founder of TMZ
- Jason Lezak - 1999, Swimmer
- Jack Johnson - 1997,
- Todd Rogers - 1996, U.S. Olympic
Gold Medalist - Beach Volleyball
- Jim Rome - 1986, ESPN sports
commentator, host of ESPN show Jim Rome is Burning
- Brandon Schrey - 1972, Academy Award winning cinematographer of
The Deer Hunter
- Skip Schumaker - 2nd basemen for
the St. Louis Cardinals
- Brian Shaw - Former NBA basketball
player (Celtics, Magic, Heat, Lakers) and Lakers assistant
- Mark Andrew Smith - Graphic
- Ryan Spilborghs - Outfielder for
the Colorado Rockies
- Charissa Thompson - Reporter
for Fox Sports and Big Ten Network
- Craig Wilson - U.S. Olympic Water
Polo Goalie 1984-1992 Olympics
- Joseph C. Wilson - Former U.S. diplomat
- Michael Young -
Perennial all star major league shortstop/third baseman
- Barry Zito- MLB pitcher for the San
- Stadtman, Verne, page 402
- Top Public Colleges for Getting Rich.
- California Census, 2000 and 2001.
- California Census, 2000.