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UCSB Demographics & Diversity

Santa Barbara, California

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at UCSB are predominantly White with a sizeable Hispanic population. The school has very high racial diversity. 65% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

University of California Santa Barbara has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is eligible for federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve Hispanic Americans.

Racial demographics of University of California Santa Barbara students
Race Percent of Students
White 35%
Black 2%
Hispanic 26%
Asian 19%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 8%
International 7%
Race Unknown 3%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 14% more female students than male students enrolled at University of California Santa Barbara with a gender ratio of 53% women to 47% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, UCSB has a comparable gender diversity ratio to other US colleges and is inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for University of California Santa Barbara students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 47%
Women 53%
Enrollment by gender for University of California Santa Barbara students
Gender Number of Students
Men 12,148
Women 13,828

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

UCSB serves a very low number of students outside of California, with 79 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for University of California Santa Barbara students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 79%
Out of State 7%
Foreign 14%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$73,046 per year

33% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 2.2%
Part time Undergrads 1.8%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110705 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Barbara.