About UC Santa Barbara

UCSB is known for its collaborative culture, entrepreneurial spirit and groundbreaking innovations across the disciplines.

Points Of Pride

UC Santa Barbara ranks among higher-education leaders in the United States and Canada as one of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

In its 2013 ranking of the world’s top 500 universities, Leiden University ranked UC Santa Barbara number 2 in terms of impact in the field of the sciences.

U.S. News and World Report's 2018 “Best Colleges” guide, the most widely read college guide in the country, ranks UCSB number 8 among all public universities.

UCSB’s renowned faculty includes six winners of Nobel Prizes for landmark research in chemistry, physics and economics. An alumna of the College of Creative Studies was named 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine. UCSB faculty members are also elected members of the most prestigious academic organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, with more than 70 current or former faculty; Guggenheim Fellows, more than 60; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 34; and the National Academy of Engineering, 27.

UCSB has been ranked as the No. 1 Green School among public universities by Princeton Review. Bren Hall, which houses the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and the Tipton Meeting House at the Sedgwick Natural Reserve, are among the “greenest” buildings in the nation, earning LEED Platinum certification — the highest sustainability rating possible — from the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, UCSB has the largest portfolio of LEED-certified buildings in the University of California system.

The campus is home to 12 national institutes and centers. Among them: the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Materials Research Laboratory (both funded by the National Science Foundation), and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (funded by the U.S. Army).

The UCSB laboratory of physicist Paul Hansma is considered the birthplace of practical scanning microscopes, especially atomic force microscopes, which today are ubiquitous in laboratories all over the world.

UCSB is home to the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), founded by the National Science Foundation. NCEAS was the first national synthesis center of its kind.

From the English Broadside Ballad Archive to the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, UC Santa Barbara is home to 24 dedicated research centers and academic initiatives, as well as four performance programs in theater and dance and 25 musical groups, ensembles and choirs.

The Koegel Autism Center at UCSB’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education has been recognized by the National Research Council as one of the top 10 state-of-the-art treatments centers for autism in the United States. It was here that Pivotal Response Treatment® was developed by Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel.

The university is the editorial headquarters for The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) project that is publishing definitive scholarly editions of the complete works of naturalist and literary artist Henry David Thoreau.

The UCSB Library has also opened up the world of historic sound recordings by mounting thousands of digitized cylinder recordings on an immensely popular website.

The campus is home to the California NanoSystems Institute, one of the first California Institutes for Science and Innovation. A research partnership with UCLA, the institute is creating revolutionary new materials, devices and systems that will enhance virtually every aspect of our lives.

The interdisciplinary Institute for Energy Efficiency is bringing together more than 50 campus researchers with related expertise to develop new energy-saving technologies.

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara, led by Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura, were responsible for a major breakthrough in laser diode development and demonstrated the world’s first nonpolar blue-violet laser diodes, which have numerous commercial and medical applications.

The Campaign for UC Santa Barbara has thus far raised more than $1.12 billion to ensure the excellence of the campus and its programs for future generations.

UC Santa Barbara is the largest employer in the county and a primary engine of economic activity on the South Coast. Almost 60 local companies have been established based on technology developed or discovered at UCSB, and, on average, four to six new companies based on UCSB research are formed every year.