About Santa Barbara City College

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 16,642 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Santa Barbara City College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 45:1. There are 238 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Santa Barbara City College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
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Admissions at SBCC are considered , with ,18% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Santa Barbara City College.

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    34 Students rated on-campus housing 2.5 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    29 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    38 Students rated campus food 3.7 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    40 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    40 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    39 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    40 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    38 Students rated academics 4.6 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.

Santa Barbara City College REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Santa Barbara City College?

39 Students rated Santa Barbara City College

Tatyana - 05/13/2023

I loved attending SBCC. I attended to obtain my AS in Health information technology. Many of my classes were offered online and in person. I took advantage of this to work with my schedule. The campus is beautiful with the best view from the football field. This college is connected tot he Beach so it’s a easy walk right after classes!

India - 03/23/2022

Since Santa Barbara City College is a community college, you get an amazing diversity of students. I have really enjoyed meeting people of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone is on a unique journey. The campus is incredibly inclusive in that way. SBCC also has incredibly affordable tuition and financial aid opportunities. They have great resources for students including transfer application assistance. They will help you plan how and where you are going to transfer. Of course, many students do not transfer, which is equally normal here. Unfortunately there are no on-campus housing options and off-campus can be very pricey due to the southern california housing crisis. Many students live in apartments or dorms connected to UCSB, but these are a ways away from SBCC and the public transportation could use some upgrades as many places do not have a stop nearby. Luckily, SBCC is right across the street from the ocean and has a breathtaking view. I love relaxing at the beach after class. As for the food situation, there are only a couple spots on campus and they do have decent snacks. There are, however, plenty of delicious restaurants nearby. Now, the most important factor is academics. As a biology major, I have a limited view of this topic, but the STEM classes are great. The biology professors are amazing and incredibly helpful. These classes are intense, but perfect for preparing students for transferring to a 4-year university. The largest class I have been in had about 150 people which I know is on the smaller end when it comes to lecture halls at colleges. These large classes are often split up into smaller groups for labs, so you end up with some fairly small classes. All the professors I have met are happy to talk and help students with almost anything. They understand that the majority of students are working on top of having a full class load. Overall, I have really valued my time at Santa Barbara City College and would recommend it to anyone looking for a non-competitive school. Nothing beats living and going to school in beautiful Santa Barbara.

Riley - 09/17/2020

Every professor I have had cares deeply about their students' education and enjoys what they do. The campus is absolutely beautiful and there is a common ability for socialization among all groups. Many of the professors at this city college come from the UC system and seem to be overqualified for their positions.

Salvador - 04/14/2020

Santa Barbara City College is a wonderful campus. Probably one of the most Diverse of campuses you will ever visit. Everyone is very laid back in terms of students. There is always something going on at SBCC, you just need to be on the look out for signs and posters. The faculty and professors are very welcoming, receptive, and knowledgeable. They ensure that their students succeed their course without any problem. The food is delicious, our two cafes offer a variety of selections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The view is absolutely stunning! I would recommend it for anybody who wishes to come to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara City College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Santa Barbara City College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Santa Barbara City College is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Dear Felicia, Don't be discouraged if that professor seems to not care about you. Don't give up when you feel like no ones on your side. Those nights staying up late studying the difference in DNA between Prokaryotic cells and Eukaryotic cells WILL pay off. Getting in arguments with your roommates, although stressful, is normal and will blow over. Call your mom and dad often and tell them you love them because they will always be there for you when you don't do so great on an exam or have a bad day. Get out and be active, take your vitamins, take baths and most importantly invest in time to truly relax and watch your favorite TV show. If you don't take time for yourself, you will get eaten alive by stress resulting from college. Last but not least, make memories. Make the memories that you will remember for a lifetime and tell your children. College will be one of the best times of your life, trust me. Sincerely, Felicia Jordan Tetz

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    An amazing community college in a beautiful place.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Of course the worst part of attending Santa Barbara City College is also the location. It can be very tempting to skip a class when you see that the waves are looking good. Most days in Santa Barbara are perfect for hiking, surfing, or rock climbing, this can impose upon study time.

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  5. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I took online courses to complete my B.A. It was convenient as well as interesting to learn to communicate effectively online. I am now going to attend SBCC: Santa Barbara City College. The campus is absolutely beautiful with bluffs overlooking ocean. There are plenty of peaceful, quiet places to study outside on campus with out being disturbed.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    Santa Barbara City College has a very diverse group of students. I have met those who work very hard to transfer in two years and I've also met those who seem to only care about partying in the nearby UCSB college town, Isla Vista. It is difficult to stay motivated with such a heavy party scene as well as being surrounded by those who only seem to care about partying. I plan on transferring to an area where there is a stronger desire to succeed in school.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Never say "no" to an exploration. Clubs and field trips are great ways to explore your interests, especially ones outside of your comfort zone. Use your free time to experiment, from clubs for slack-lining to coffeehouse conversing in Italian. Use office hours to revisit old teachers or to meet new ones. Take experiences as they come, don't wait for the perfect ones for your resume. You can always move on while taking the best out of an opportunity you've been given at the moment. Sometimes, throwing caution to the wind can give you more ground to run.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    SBCC is a very unique college for various reasons. The campus has an amazing view of the ocean along with great faculty and resources.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    The best part of attending college at Santa Barbara City College is the location. It sits directly across the street from the beach. You have beautiful views from many of the rooms. If you have a break between classes you can go put your feet in the ocean for a while. In my experience thus far the professors seem incredibly helpful. Many of the professors make themselves available by internet and office hours.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Santa Barbara City College is a reputable college known for it's quality campus by the beach, quality teachers, and overall quality education it provides.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I couldn't think of any person who has any personality who wouldn't want to attend Santa Barbara City College. The college itself is very attractive and hard to think or find anything negative about it.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone who is motivated to do well in school. Self motivation is key to success, because no matter how much people around you want you to do well, ultimately its your own decision. Once you have commited to working hard school comes a lot easier. There are many resources around us, but it is a personal decision to go out and use them.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about Santa Barbara City College is definitely the fact that the library closes at 11pm. I worked full time and went to school full time during my first sememster and this made finding time to study especially difficult. Often times I would go to school from 9am - 5pm and go to work right after that and would sometimes be there as late as 11pm. Even nights that I got off at 9pm, it was pointless for me to make the drive to be there for an hour. The library should be open until 1 or 2.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

46% of students attending Santa Barbara City College receive some sort of financial aid. 25% were awarded federal grants. While 13% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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