About UCSB Engineering

Courtyard of Engineering II building at UCSB

A beautiful and inspiring setting is merely the backdrop to a globally top-ranked educational and research experience with the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. Learn More »

The College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara is a mid-sized college that is consistently ranked among the upper echelon of engineering schools in the world. UCSB Engineering provides students with the direct academic mentorship they need to build a successful career and to complete degree programs on time. We are an interdisciplinary culture of innovation, committed to developing new technology and adding value to the economy in our region, state, and the world. UCSB Engineering is proven to be one of the most successful public-private research partnership environments in the country and a hotbed of new intellectual property.

Our Departments & Programs

UCSB College of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in five departments and several affiliated programs. Our academic departments are Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering. Our affiliated programs include a unique Technology Management Program, which offers training, academic programs, and competitions for the business side of engineering; Media Arts & Technology, offering graduate programs and research integrating digital and visual arts with technology; and interdisciplinary graduate programs in Biomolecular Science & Engineering and Computational Science & Engineering. In addition to departments and programs, there are dozens of engineering research centers and institutes affiliated with the College, our departments, and/or our faculty.
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Undergraduate students: 1,457
Graduate students: 743
Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
Updated Fall 2015


UCSB Engineering is ranked the #1 public university in the world for engineering research citation impact (Leiden, 2015, 2016). Our Materials graduate program is ranked #1 in the nation among public universities (US News, 2016, and NRC), and our Chemical Engineering program is consistently ranked in the top 5. All of our graduate research programs were ranked in the top 5 for their disciplines (NRC, 2010). UCSB Engineering is home to the west coast hub of AIM Photonics, a national photonics technology manufacturing initiative, as well as one of the top NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers in the country, and more.
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Three Nobel laureates. 29 members of the National Academy of Engineering. Seven names among the ISI Highly Cited index. Seven fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Faculty who have won technical awards in the Oscars, Emmys, and more. Countless awards demonstrated that our faculty of more than 150 professors are the best in their disciplines, and on our home turf they are celebrated student mentors and educators.
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The UC Santa Barbara campus is located on the California coastline, between Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean, in Santa Barbara. College of Engineering buildings are located on the eastern oceanfront side of campus property.
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