Outlined by the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains UCSB has the scent of eucalyptus and enormous intellectual vitality. There is no other campus like it in the nation.

UCSB is on the Pacific and is in a setting that is free of the pressures of urban life all its distractions but yet has the vibrant cultural and academic activity of the nation’s most promising students combined with a community of scholars who have vast accomplishments as well as being internationally recognized. Their skills as teachers are present every day in the classrooms as well as the labs.

UCSB introduces students to an innovative and creative way of thinking, conducting research and learning in the humanities, the arts, engineering and the sciences.

Academic Quality

One of the most crucial components of the high quality education offered at UCSB is the pioneering research that is conducted every day. The faculty which consists of 1,086 teachers includes five Nobel Prize winners and elected members of both international and national academics and societies and. The campus of UCSB is only one of over 61 research institutions that are members of the Association of American Universities.

There are over 200 majors, credentials and degrees offered through five different schools as well as the Graduate Division. 80 of the majors are offered through the College of Letters and Sciences alone. The College of Creative Studies gives students an alternative approach to pursue work in the arts, sciences and mathematics. There are also five disciplines with degree programs offered through the College of Engineering.

UCSB has two professional schools which are the Gevirtz School of Education and the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.

Scholarship and Service

The instruction, scholarship and public service is what defines UCSB and has shaped its identity as the place of unlimited possibilities.

UCSB’s academic quality is recognized in many forms. The most prestigious is the support that is received by the National Science Foundation. The campus at UCSB is currently home to 12 national centers and institutes in which eight are currently being sponsored by the NSF which includes the Materials Research Laboratory, the Southern California Earthquake Center, the Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Community Ties

Most of the students live in walking distance to most of their classes. There are seven miles of paths that are bikeways that link the community to give students access to the academic and social culture as well as athletic events.

Some of the other distinguishing characteristics of the campus is the close proximity to two different communities. The first community is Isla Vista which is home to many UCSB students and is the place for civic and social growth. This is where many students serve on both local and county committees. The second community is Santa Barbara which is an energetic medium sized city that is deep into the arts, history and the environment. Santa Barbara is recognized for its recreational and cultural resources.

By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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