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University of California, Santa Barbara
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Former names
Anna Blake School (1891–1909)
Santa Barbara State Normal School (1909–1921)
Santa Barbara State College (1921–1944)
Santa Barbara College of the University of California (1944–1958)
Motto Fiat lux (Latin)
Motto in English
'Let there be light'
Type Public land-grant research university
Established 1891; 131 years ago (1891) (1944 as a UC campus)
Parent institution
University of California
Academic affiliations
  • AAU
  • APRU
  • URA
  • Space-grant
Endowment $403.8 million (2019)
Budget $954 million (2019)
Chancellor Henry T. Yang
Academic staff
2,749 (Fall 2018)
Students 26,314 (Fall 2019)
Undergraduates 23,349 (Fall 2019)
Postgraduates 2,965 (Fall 2019)
Location , ,
United States

34°24′59″N 119°50′47″W / 34.41639°N 119.84639°W / 34.41639; -119.84639
Campus Midsize Suburb, 1,127 acres (456 ha)
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Newspaper Daily Nexus
Colors      Navy
Nickname Gauchos
Sporting affiliations
Mascot The Gaucho
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The University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara or UCSB) is a public land-grant research university in Santa Barbara-Isla Vista, California, with 23,196 undergraduates and 2,983 graduate students enrolled in 2021-2022. It is part of the University of California 10-university system. Tracing its roots back to 1891 as an independent teachers' college, UCSB joined the University of California system in 1944, and is the third-oldest undergraduate campus in the system, after UC Berkeley and UCLA.

Located on a WWII-era Marine air station, UC Santa Barbara is organized into three undergraduate colleges (College of Letters and Science, College of Engineering, College of Creative Studies) and two graduate schools (Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), offering more than 200 degrees and programs. The university has 10 national research centers, including the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Center for Control, Dynamical-Systems and Computation. UCSB has various organized research units (ORUs) researching evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, marine science, and more. According to the National Science Foundation, UC Santa Barbara spent $235 million on research and development in fiscal year 2018, ranking it 100th in the nation. UCSB was the No. 3 host on the ARPAnet and was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1995.

Current UCSB faculty includes six Nobel Prize laureates, one Fields Medalist, 39 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 27 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and 34 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. UCSB is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" and is regarded as a Public Ivy. The faculty also includes two Academy and Emmy Award winners, and recipients of a Millennium Technology Prize, an IEEE Medal of Honor, a National Medal of Technology and Innovation and a Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Student demographics

Ethnic Enrollment, Fall
Ethnicity 2020 Undergraduate 2016 Undergraduate 2020 Graduate 2016 Graduate
Black 4.1% 4.2% 3.4% 1.8%
Asian 25.4% 24.9% 11.2% 10.5%
White 30.3% 33.4% 41.4% 46.5%
Hispanic and Latino 23.8% 25.5% 10.5% 8.7%
Native American 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 1.1%
Unreported/unknown 2.6% 2.7% 2.6% 5.2%
International 12.9% 8.4% 30.1% 26.1%
2018-2019 Undergraduates Graduate Students
American Indian/Alaskan 1% 1%
Black/African American 5% 4%
Chicano 23% 8%
Latino 7% 5%
Chicano/Latino Subtotal 30% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 15%
Filipino 3% 1%
E. Indian/Pakistani 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander Subtotal 28% 15%
Other 0% 0%
White 36% 64%
Unknown 1% 3%
International 12% 31%

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