Admissions & Outreach

Resources for Prospective Students

Pursuing a Graduate Education

The first step in preparing to apply to graduate school is planning your academic goals and thoroughly understanding the admission process. Explore your educational and professional goals, and tailor your educational experiences to enhance your fit for graduate school.

    Preparing for Graduate Admissions

    The process for applying to graduate school requires research and preparation on your end. Information and tips are provided for prospective students who are applying to graduate schools, particularly UCSB.

    Funding your Graduate Studies

    UCSB offers a range of funding support for entering graduate students in the form of fellowships, grants, teaching and research assistantships. Prospective students should evaluate their financial situation when considering graduate school and how to fund their studies.

    Life in Graduate School

    • Want to read more about the latest news about graduate student life at UCSB? Check out the GradPost, the go-to-website student blog for navigating the graduate student life experience.
    • Learn more about living in Santa Barbara the housing options available to graduate students. UCSB Housing and Residential services, offers various housing selections to match graduate students' individual or family needs.
    • Find out more about career and professional development resources offered by the Graduate Division and other campus departments, such as developing your writing skills or negotiating terms for your first job.
    • Campus Safety: In accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (Clery Act), UCSB publishes an Annual Security Report. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property, and on public property adjacent to and accessible from campus. To access the Annual Security Report, visit, or request a copy by contacting the UCSB Police Department (574 Public Safety Bldg., Santa Barbara, CA 93106). 
    For general questions pertaining to admissions, contact Admissions Staff at