General Information University Of California - Santa Barbara
University of California - Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
UCSB is ranked as one of the top two public research universities in the nation, based on per capita faculty productivity and scholarship. The campus is rated by the Carnegie Commission as a Category 1 research university, and is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the top two percent of universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada.
UCSB provides an exciting intellectual environment in a setting of great natural beauty. It is one of nine universities in the UC system, a system which, to a certain extent, functions as a large macro-university, providing unparalleled access to library materials, course offerings, and financial support. The campus is located between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean on an 815-acre promontory jutting into the sea. The West Campus, part of which is designated as a natural preserve, contains undeveloped, ecologically important dunes facing the Channel Islands. Downtown Santa
Barbara is 10 minutes away by car, Los Angeles about 90 minutes. Santa Barbara Municipal Airport offers direct air connections on major as well as on commuter airlines to cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver. The campus community currently numbers about 18,000 students, of whom about 2,100 are graduate students. Another 2,000 graduate students will be added during the next decade. The city of Santa Barbara offers a wide variety of outstanding theatrical and musical productions, art, and natural-history museums, botanical and zoological gardens, festivals, one of the nation's most dense concentrations of shops and restaurants, and breathtaking views of mountains, Spanish-style architecture, beaches, palms, and sea.The Santa Barbara area is noted for its striking natural beauty as well as for its secure and congenial setting. It has a fine cultural tradition, which includes the Santa Barbara Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Santa Barbara Art Museum, Historical and Natural History Museums, Music Academy of the West, and highly-rated choral, orchestral and theatrical events series.