UC Santa Barbara Ranking Profile

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB or UC Santa Barbara) is a top ranking public research university and part of the University of California system. It is one of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

It is a comprehensive doctoral university and is organized into five colleges and schools:
- College of Letters & Science
- College of Engineering
- College of Creative Studies
- Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
- Gevirtz Graduate School of Education


- 42nd overall among the “Best National Universities” and 11th among the “Top 50 Public National Universities” in the country, according to the 2010 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook by US News & World Report. It is tied at 42nd with UC Davis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution of New York and the University of Washington.

- The College of Engineering is ranked 34th on the U.S. News & World Report 2010 list of “Best Programs at Engineering Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Doctorate”.

- 49th globally in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2009.

- 27th in North & Latin America and 36th in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2008). It is also ranked 18th for Natural Science & Math, "51 - 76th" for Social Sciences, and 13th for Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences.

- According to the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings, it is placed 141st in 2006, 117th in 2007, 98th in 2008.

- In the 2009 edition of USNWR "America's Best Graduate Schools", it is ranked highly in the following graduate programs:
- 10th in physics program
- 4th in condensed matter
- 7th in elementary particles/fields/string theory
- The College of Engineering was ranked 19th overall
- 9th in chemical engineering
- 5th in materials
- The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education was ranked 58th
- The Ph.D program in computer science was ranked 37th

- 12th in the listing of "Top 50 Public National Universities" in the country and 44th on the list of "Best National Universities" (USNWR 2009).

- 13th in the listing of "Top 50 Public National Universities" in the country, and 44th among all public and private National Universities (USNWR 2008).

- Placed as one of the Top 10 Party Schools (Princeton Review 2009).

- 228th in "America's Best Colleges"by Forbes in 2009.

- 59th of the "Top 100 Global Universities" by Newsweek Magazine in 2006.

- Named one of the country's "hottest colleges" in the Newsweek guide to America's best colleges.

- 18th in the NRC Ranking of Top Geosciences Doctoral Programs in the US (1995). It is placed 4th for Geography Doctoral Programs.