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UC Santa Barbara

Thank you for your interest in continuing your education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. UC Santa Barbara is a gem at the edge of the Pacific Ocean that attracts top graduate students from around the world to actively engage in research and teaching in over 50 innovative and interdisciplinary programs.

UC Santa Barbara provides a rich environment for world-class research through almost 100 interdisciplinary research institutes, centers, and specialized units. These range from long-term, broadly-based federal and state research centers such as our prestigious Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, home to Nobel laureates David J. Gross (2004) and Walter Kohn (1998), to departments such as Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, which has been rated by Science Watch as one of the top 10 departments nationally for its overall research impact, and ranked by the National Research Council in the top 20 in ecology, evolution, and behavior.

UC Santa Barbara is a vibrant campus, enhanced by its proximity to the eclectic culture and recreational activities of the greater Santa Barbara community. Located 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the 1,055-acre campus sits atop a majestic bluff on the Pacific Ocean boarded by scenic mountains and enjoys a mild climate.

Researching UC Santa Barbara Departments and Programs

Before you apply to any graduate program, it is important that you do your preliminary research. Reading the faculty's Web pages, articles, and/or books will provide you with a window into their research to see if it matches your future interests. In many cases, you can contact the department to see if current graduates students are available to answer questions about their experience in the department. Also, with so much information available on the Internet, obtaining faculty and departmental information has never been easier.

Each UC Santa Barbara department has a Graduate Program Assistant, a staff member who can answer your questions concerning the department's admission requirements and process, as well as other administrative questions you might have. Graduate Program Assistants' contact information can be found at Departments and Programs.

Virtual Tour of UC Santa Barbara Campus

Students who are unable to come to UC Santa Barbara for a campus visit, can always virtually visit us.

Applying to and Preparing for UC Santa Barbara

The Graduate Division's Prospective Students Web page provides step-by-step directions about applying to UC Santa Barbara for graduate school. One of the more helpful pages is our Frequently Asked Questions.

For International Applicants, there are some additional steps that one must take to complete an application.

Admissions Contact

If you cannot find an answer to a question on the Graduate Division's or departmental Web site, please feel free to email Sierra Gray, Admissions Coordinator,

Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)

If you have any questions about what it is like to live in Santa Barbara, the GSRC's Graduate Peer Mentors are more than happy to talk with you T: 805.893.8994, E: Please note that the GSRC is unable to return international phone calls.