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University of California-Santa Barbara Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 378 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 24 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Big West Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $101,742)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $93,907)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 37 - - -
Basketball 17 11 - Yes
Golf 13 - - Yes
Soccer 31 34 Yes Yes
Softball - 19 - Yes
Swimming 19 21 - -
Tennis 10 11 - Yes
Track and Field, Indoor - 46 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 59 47 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 14 20 - -
Volleyball 20 16 Yes Yes
Water Polo 33 26 - Yes
All Track Combined - - Yes -
Badminton - - - Yes
Bowling - - Yes Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes Yes
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Water Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.0%
Hispanic 20.1%
Non-resident alien 3.4%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 7.8%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 48.6%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 6
Drug Law Violation 54
Liquor Law Violation 75
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 6
Property Crime 55
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Selena from San Jose, CA
  • 4
  • i have observed other colleges and seen what its like to be a family (where everyone in the dorms has their doors open and knows each other by name and…

  • Feb-13-2012 Read More
  • Katy from Murrieta, CA
  • 5
  • I actually quite enjoyed dorm life at UCSB. We are very spoiled in that many of our residence halls have ocean views. It may be the only time in our…

  • Sep-11-2012 Read More
  • Benjamin from Ventura, CA
  • 4
  • Santa Catalina (FT) has strong party reputation. Santa Cruz in the Catalina five set of dorms is the nicest as it was renovated two years ago. The Catalina…

  • Jan-02-2016 Read More
  • Andrew Shin
  • 4
  • Dorm life is phenomenal. Especially for those who are coming to UCSB and are very nervous, don't be. You end up becoming very close to your floormates due to constant…

  • Apr-23-2014 Read More
  • Anne from Garden Grove, CA
  • 4
  • Dorm life is great. It is where you get to meet people and see what you like or don't like. You learn to be independent from your family and parents,…

  • Dec-12-2015 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Celine from Brentwood, CA
  • Feb-23-2017 I am a current student here

    The dining commons at UCSB rival any other UC hands down. There are countless dishes to choose from and they are buffet style, meaning once you swipe in using your ID card you can stay there for however long you want to eat as much as you want. And if you don't want to go to a dining common, there are plenty of restaurants on campus and in Isla Vista (the community walking distance from UCSB) to choose from.

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  • 5
  • Anon
  • Dec-01-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Good. healthy food options.

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  • 5
  • lauren
  • Jun-13-2016 I am a current student here

    if you're a freshman, you're going to have a meal plan. dining commons are all-you-can-eat, so that's great. the de la guerra and the ortega dining commons are right next to each other for some reason. both are close to the chi-5 dorms. dlg is much better, generally speaking. it's bigger and has slightly more selection, and has great cookies. ortega is open for breakfast, lunch,and dinner, while dlg is open for lunch, dinner, and late-night (9-12 all weekdays except friday). carillo is located next to manzanita and is regarded as the best on campus. they're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. they have a frozen yogurt machine with rotating flavors, and food selection is comparable to dlg's. portola is the dining commons for santa catalina, since they're off-campus. portola's food isn't the best. that wouldn't be a problem except that if you live in san cat, you're going to be eating a lot of it. there's an online menu at and of course, there's isla vista. iv has tons of restaurants. there's the habit, freebirds, hana kitchen, naan stop, spudnuts, woodstock's, buddha bowls, and rosario's. try all of them at least once!

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  • 5
  • jack from agoura hills, ca
  • Apr-23-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    tbh despite what a lot of people have said, i think the food here is pretty good! a lot of it is grown locally, and as a vegan, i can say that i found no trouble in trying to find options on campus (in fact, every dining common had vegan options).

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  • 4
  • Lilian from CA
  • Mar-24-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I haven't eaten food from the dining halls next to the dorms (yet!) But I have eaten in the student union as well as at Isla Vista. The on campus dining is of a decent variety. At the hub, they offer small mall-like restaurants that serve everything from Chinese food (Panda Express) to Fish Tacos to traditional American sandwiches. All dining at the Hub (student union building) seems good and fairly priced. Off campus, I have had food from a restaurant called Chuck's which was very good, but a bit more expensive.

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  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • Mar-20-2016 I am a current student here

    There are multiple dining halls at UCSB. Students have access to dining halls that offer Mexican food, Asian food, and typical American food. Isla Vista, the neighboring town, also has restaurants like Blaze, Habit, and others along with Starbucks and other coffee shops.

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  • 5
  • Benjamin from Ventura, CA
  • Jan-02-2016 I am a current student here

    DLG is great, only downside is they don't offer breakfast and brunch on weekends isn't open early. Ortega has breakfast but less options than the DLG. Carillo has a soft serve ice cream machine, and Portola has a bad reputation but I haven't ever eaten there. Unlimited buffet style dining with good food and service makes it incredibly easy to overeat though.

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  • 3
  • Anne from Garden Grove, CA
  • Dec-12-2015 I am a current student here

    The food isn't too great sadly. You get sick of it by the time you're in second quarter. I think they're trying to improve the food choices though so that is good. Otherwise, there's a number of shops and restaurants in IV that are pretty delicious.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Benjamin from Ventura, CA
  • Jan-02-2016 I am a current student here

    More laid back than other colleges, but frat guys still don't really party with GDIs. plenty of options here for those who choose to rush.

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  • 0
  • Anne from Garden Grove, CA
  • Dec-12-2015 I am a current student here

    There are numerous Greek Life groups that you can join. There are also groups that pertain to a certain field such as medical or even business.

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  • 0
  • Trevor from Carlsbad, CA
  • Dec-01-2015 I am a current student here

    cops generally hate the IFC and fraternities on campus due to noise ordinances, but still welcoming and cool frats. I rushed Sigma Pi for 5 weeks and dropped due to finance and time constraints, but great five weeks of fun and chill guys

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  • 0
  • Marjan from Downey, CA
  • Jun-19-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is existent. I personally don't participate because of the materialized stereotypes that occur within the frat houses.

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  • 0
  • Alicia from Torrance, CA
  • Dec-07-2014 I am a current student here

    There are about 10 panhellenic sororities/fraternities at UCSB. Greek life is a large part of the social scene, however most students do not take part in Greek life and have a great time anyway!

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Dec-01-2014 I am a current student here

    Lots of Greek life, but not at all necessary to make friends or meet people. Guys might have an easier time getting into parties if they are part of a fraternity or know someone in a frat.

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  • 0
  • Sabrina
  • Jun-18-2014 I am a current student here

    Always see people showing their letters with pride because this is where the main parties are held.

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  • 0
  • Andrew Shin
  • Apr-23-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is definitely a big aspect at UCSB as many students join Greek life and enjoy the many advantages that Greek Life has to offer. It not only brings you the brotherhood/sisterhood aspect but forces you to be more involved socially, academically, and physically. Greek Life not only throws many parties but also makes sure that everyone is on top of their grades through many dedicated fellow Greek members. I myself am involved with Greek Life and I can easily say that Greek Life is something worth checking out.

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