The University of California (UC) is one of the world’s largest centers for higher education with a total enrollment of approximately 220,000 students spanning 10 different campuses, namely: Irvine, Santa Barbara, Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Davis, Merced, San Francisco, and Riverside. Santa Barbara was originally a small, independent teachers’ college. In 1944, it joined the University of California system and since then it has grown considerably. The University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) is one of the leading research institutions of United States and is a member of the Association of American Universities. The U.S. News and World Report for America’s Best Colleges has ranked the University of California-Santa Barbara at 10 among all public universities.
The faculty of the University of California-Santa Barbara includes 5 Nobel Prize winners and winners of Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. The university has a total enrollment of 22,000 students and offers more than 200 majors and degrees. The university comprises five schools, namely: College of Engineering, College of Letters & Science, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, and College of Creative Studies. The campus of University of California-Santa Barbara is spread over an area of 1,055 acres at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
The University of California- Santa Barbara is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.