UC Santa Barbara: Admission Statistics 2024

When embarking on the college search process, it’s essential to gather accurate and reliable information about prospective universities. One valuable resource for this purpose is the Common Data Set (CDS) but navigating through a college’s Common Data Set can be a time-consuming task. In this blog post, we have compiled the essential information from University of California, Santa Barbara’s latest admission statistics to allow you to grasp quickly and save time. 

Understanding the Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set is a standardized questionnaire that collects essential information about colleges and universities. It covers a wide range of areas, including admission statistics, enrollment figures, student demographics, financial aid, academic programs, and more. The CDS is collaboratively maintained by higher education institutions and is designed to provide accurate and comparable data for prospective students, parents, and researchers. It simplifies the college search process by providing standardized information in a consistent format, allowing for easier comparison and informed decision-making. 

UC Santa Barbara Common Data Set 

Quick facts:

  • Location: 552 University Road, Santa Barbara
  • State: California
  • Institution: Public
  • Undergraduate Institution: Coeducational
  • Academic year calendar: Quarter
  • Retention Rate: 92%
  • Total Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 23,232
  • SAT and ACT Policies: Not considered even if submitted
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1

Factors in Admission Decisions


Very Important
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Standardized test scores


Extracurricular Activities
Character/personal qualities
First Generation
Geographical Residence
State Residency
Volunteer work
Work experience

GPA Breakdown

89.5% of enrolled students have a GPA of 4.0 

6.9% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99

2.8% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.50 and 3.74

0.6% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49

0.2% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.00 and 3.24

Admission Facts

  • Application Closing Date: November 30
  • EA/ED: No

Student Life Information

Student Diversity

Total Undergraduates (Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, including first-year)

  • 2,266 International (nonresidents) students
  • 6,186 Hispanic/Latino students
  • 420 Black or African American, non-Hispanic students
  • 7,330 White, non-Hispanic students
  • 31 American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students
  • 4,694 Asian, non-Hispanic students
  • 17 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic students 
  • 1,721 students with two or more races, non-Hispanic
  • 567 students with race and/or ethnicity unknown


$70 Application Fee

$13,146 In-state Tuition Fee

$47,346 Out-of-state/International Tuition Fee

$3,200 Required Fees

$19,947 Food and Housing (On campus)

Financial Aid

Total of Need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $250,339,948

Total of Non-need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $16,299,808

The data presented here was collected from the University of California Santa Barbara Common Data Set 2023-2024.

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