University of California--Santa Barbara

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Harold Frank Hall 1038
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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Engineering School Overview

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#19 Best Engineering Schools


Engineering School Overview

The application fee is $80 for U.S. residents and $100 for international students. Its tuition is full-time: $12,991 per year (in-state) and full-time: $28,093 per year (out-of-state). The 2013 Ph.D. student-faculty ratio is 4.5:1. The College of Engineering at University of California--Santa Barbara has 131 full-time faculty on staff.

The UC-Santa Barbara College of Engineering is relatively small, with about 675 graduate students and about 1,220 undergraduates enrolled. Graduate engineering students have five areas in which to study: chemical engineering; computer science; electrical and computer engineering; materials; and mechanical engineering. Master of Science (M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees are offered in each division.

Unique multidisciplinary academic programs are also offered, such as the Technology Management Program, which stresses entrepreneurism and new product development, and the Media Arts and Technology Program, particularly suited for students who want to specialize in multimedia engineering; electronic music and design; or visual and spatial arts.

With nearly 30 school research centers and institutes, interdisciplinary research is a major focus at UC-Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering. The school often works with outside institutes, including the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Marine Science Institute.

Graduate students can apply for on-campus housing or can get help locating housing through the school’s Community Housing Office. The school’s website also notes that, in addition to its engineering offerings, UC-Santa Barbara is a great place for surfing, bicycling, studying on the beach, and more.


Application deadline (U.S. residents) N/A
Application fee (U.S. residents) $80
Application deadline (international students) N/A
Application fee (international students) $100


Full-time faculty (tenured or tenure-track) 131
Ph.D. student/faculty ratio 4.5:1

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 765
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)



full-time: $12,991 per year (in-state)
full-time: $28,093 per year (out-of-state)

Required fees $799 per year

* Engineering School Overview details based on 2013 data

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