UC Santa Barbara is a tier one research university, globally renowned — and ranked — for our impact across the disciplines. Our advances are changing lives and paving the way to a better future.


Green School

Princeton Review ranked UC Santa Barbara as the No. 1 Green School among public universities in their 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges. Bren Hall, which houses the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, is among the “greenest” buildings in the nation, earning triple LEED Platinum certification — the highest sustainability rating possible — from the U.S. Green Building Council. In fact, our campus has the largest portfolio of LEED-certified buildings in the UC system.


Nobel Laureates

UCSB’s renowned faculty includes six winners of Nobel Prizes for landmark research in chemistry, physics and economics. An alumna of our College of Creative Studies won the 2009 Nobel in Physiology or Medicine.


Public University

UCSB ranks number 5 among all public universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2019 “Best Colleges” guide, the most widely read college guide in the country.


National Institutes and Centers

The campus is home to 10 national institutes and centers. Among them are the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Materials Research Laboratory, both funded by the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Army-funded Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies.


Majors, Degrees & Credentials


Companies Started With UCSB Technologies

The largest employer in the county, UC Santa Barbara is a primary engine of economic activity on the South Coast. Some 60 local companies, and 90+ in total, have been established based on technology developed or discovered at UCSB. On average, four to six new companies based on our research are formed every year. Companies on four continents are currently using UCSB-developed technologies.

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