University of California – Santa Barbara

Isla Vista, California
www.ucsb.edu 5221 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, CA, 93106
A+ Overall Grade
  • A+ Academics
  • B+ Athletics
  • A Campus
  • A Diversity
  • A+ Value
  • A+ Party Scene

University of California – Santa Barbara Admissions

Acceptance Rate 29.56%
Acceptance Deadline November 30
Students Receiving Financial Aid 63.36%

University of California – Santa Barbara Cost

Net Price* $16,767
Average Total Aid Awarded $5,180
Students Receiving Financial Aid 63.36%
*Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

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University of California – Santa Barbara Academics

Student Faculty Ratio 22:1

University of California – Santa Barbara Majors

Most Popular Majors
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Research and Experimental Psychology
  • Communications
  • International Studies
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Political Science and Government
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Mathematics

University of California – Santa Barbara Online

Offers Online Courses Yes

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University of California – Santa Barbara Students

Full-Time Undergrad Enrollment 22,601
Part-Time Undergraduates 469

University of California – Santa Barbara Advisors

Raveen Sharma
University of California – Berkeley
Hello! My name is Raveen. I received my BA in Film from UC Berkeley and my MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. I have been actively working as a counselor in K-12 schools for close to 10 years. As a counselor in the field, I work with students every day to achieve their post grad goals. I have spent close to 20 years working in various roles in the film industry and would love to share my experiences with any students interested in the arts!

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Trinith Radhakrishnan
University of California – Los Angeles
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Neuroscience from UCLA with a focus on pre-medical sciences. During my time at UCLA, I have been extensively involved in clinical research, leadership, and mentorship. As your advisor, I can help you navigate through your extracurricular activities, write compelling college essays, and craft a unique and cohesive application in order to get into top universities. I am particularly apt at working with students who are on the pre-med track.

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Deepti Saroha
University of California – Los Angeles
I graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a degree in Political Science and have 7 years of college advising experience. My students have been accepted to top schools such as Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Rice University, The University of Chicago and more. I currently work full time as a College Counselor at a high school in Oakland, California where I help students pick majors, develop college lists and assist with their college and financial aid applications. I also assist with scholarship applications with a handful of my students receiving Questbridge scholarships and full rides to the colleges of their choice. I emphasize overall fit when developing college lists for my students and hope that I can find you the best fit and help you achieve your post secondary goals.

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Corbin Chu
Williams College
College advisor with 10 years of experience supporting students from all walks of life pursuing top US universities and liberal arts colleges in various subjects, especially STEM, business, and undecided majors.

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Cedric Jones
University of California – Berkeley
My love for college advising began at UC Berkeley where I studied Landscape Architecture and also was the Executive Director of a recruitment and retention center in partnership with Cal's Office of Admissions. Over the last 7 years, I've served in the capacity of a STEM Teacher and Principal, supporting hundreds of students with their college applications through High School & College Options programming of which I have instituted at multiple school sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. I look forward to aiding youth in their pursuits of higher education!

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Andrew Wailes
Columbia University
Thank you for taking this next step in your future! I am an experienced educator and college advisor, having spent the past decade supporting high school students in New York, California, and Hong Kong. I believe in each and every student's ability to succeed. Everyone has something to offer. In working with students, I always make sure that feel heard, valued, and even celebrated. I look forward to supporting you as you embark on this exciting next step of your educational journey.

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Sally Kim
Boston University
Hi! My name is Sally, and I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area. I studied at Boston University as a first-generation Presidential Scholar, where I realized through my studies and professional experiences my true passion: transforming education (especially higher education) on a global scale to make opportunities more equitable and accessible for all. During my time as an undergraduate, I also worked extensively at the Office of Admissions as a Student Admissions Representative. In my free time, you can find me either working out/teaching fitness classes, binging Netflix, spending quality time with the people who matter most, or raising my sweet new Italian Greyhound pup, Birdie!

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Brian Seo
Harvard
Hello, everyone! My name is Brian Hyun Seo, and I am a rising junior at Harvard College, concentrating in Economics with a secondary in History of Science and a Language Citation in Korean. On-campus, I spend most of my time studying and training - I am on the Men's Lightweight Rowing team. During my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and listening to EDM. If you are looking for someone to help strengthen your college essays and/or walk through the college admissions process, I am your guy!

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Zoë Edington
University of California – Berkeley
Hi there! My name is Zoe (she/her/hers). In high school, I participated in dual enrollment, which eventually helped me graduate with two AA degrees and start college with junior status. I later went to UC Berkeley and graduated in 2018 with a BA in anthropology. As a college student I was unsure about the type of career that I wanted, so I joined a lot of student clubs, enrolled in random classes, and gained a variety of skills. I loved traveling so I studied abroad for a summer in Spain and a year in Australia, doing internships in both countries. I am passionate about educational equity and passing the torch to help future generations. I have worked with CollegeAdvisor.com for two years and I have advised clients who had a variety of academic interests. Some of the colleges that my previous clients have been accepted to include UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Duke Kunshan University.

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University of California - Berkeley

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Columbia University

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University of California - Berkeley

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