University of California, Santa Barbara: Narrative Description

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Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Tel: (805)893-8000
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of California System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and first professional certificates. Founded 1909. Setting: 989-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $109.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $105.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $23,144 per student. Total enrollment: 21,026. Faculty: 1,033 (903 full-time, 130 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 36,963 applied, 53% were admitted. Full-time: 17,529 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 592 students, 44% women, 56% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 110 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 17% Hispanic, 3% black, 16% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% 25 or older, 26% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 91% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: plus 6-week summer term. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other campuses of the University of California System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: 3/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $16,476 full-time. Mandatory fees: $6495 full-time. College room and board: $9897. College room only: $7491.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 241 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 8% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. 4,000 college housing spaces available. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Davidson Library with 3.2 million books, 3.8 million microform titles, 23,218 serials, 311,863 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $18.2 million. 3,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The University is located in Goleta, a suburb of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is a county seat, the largest city between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is known as the "Riviera of the Pacific." The city lies at the foot of the Santa Ynez Mountains, facing the Pacific Ocean. The climate is moderate, and the temperature varies only 7 degrees in summer and winter. All modes of transportation serve the area, and hotel and motel accommodations are numerous. Santa Barbara has all the community facilities plus many points of interest, a planetarium, botanic garden, natural history, art, historical museums, and more. The annual horse show, Old Spanish Days, August Fiesta, Semana Nautica (Marine sports week), and flower shows are the highlights of the year. Active music organizations and the Symphony Orchestra are an important part of the cultural life of the city. Recreational facilities include golf courses, tennis courts, water sports at the beach, and many other activities.