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Why Attend UCSB

Academic Excellence

UC Santa Barbara graduate programs include film and media studies, global and international studies, media arts and technology, marine science, environmental sciences and management, and the nation’s first doctoral degree in Chicana and Chicano studies. Learn more about the nearly 50 graduate departments and programs available at UCSB.

The campus is home to 12 national institutes and centers, including eight that are supported by the National Science Foundation, such as the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Diversity of all types is embraced on the campus. For example, ImaginArte, an interdisciplinary humanities project, provides online access to the visual legacy of the Chicano movement. The Religious Studies department’s endowed chairs include the XIV Dali Lama Chair in Tibetan Studies, the Virgil Cordano Chair in Catholic Studies, and the Marsha and Jay Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies.

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Life on Campus

In addition to academic diversity, UC Santa Barbara provides a flourishing campus life, enhanced by its proximity to the eclectic cultural and recreational activities of the greater Santa Barbara community. Located 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the 989-acre campus sits atop a majestic bluff on the Pacific Ocean, bordered by mountains.

Whether you are interested in attending a workshop hosted by the Graduate Student Resource Center to develop your academic and professional skills, visiting the Recreation Center to climb the tallest rock climbing wall on the west coast, or attending an event at the MultiCultural Center, UC Santa Barbara has a plethora of activities to offer. Learn more about graduate student life on campus at the UCSB GradPost, a blog written by and for graduate students.

UC Santa Barbara Housing and Residential Services offers a wealth of housing selections to match graduate students’ individual or family needs.

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