University of California Santa Barbara

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The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a coeducational public university located on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, California. UCSB's campus has not been annexed by the city of Santa Barbara and is not technically part of the city. It is actually closer to Goleta. The City of Santa Barbara runs a strip of "city" through the ocean and around UCSB. Although UCSB has a Santa Barbara mailing address, as do other unincorporated areas around the city, it is not physically in Santa Barbara city limits. The campus is divided into three parts: Main campus, Storke campus, and West campus. The campuses surround the community of Isla Vista. It is one of ten University of California campuses.


UCSB was founded in 1909 as a small school for training public school teachers, and four years later moved to a 13-acre (53,000 m²) campus in the Riviera area above town. By 1935, the school was called Santa Barbara State College, or "SB State". In 1944, SB State joined the University of California system and upgraded its curriculum to provide master's degrees. Ten years later, UCSBC, as it was then called, moved to a former World War II Marine air base and began building a new campus at its present site. An old helipad still exists at the cliffs near Campus Point to this day, as well as a few old Marine artillery position roads still led around this region. Campus Point was used by the Marines during World War II to practice assault landings. In 1958, UCSBC was renamed UCSB, and steadily progressed to a nationally ranked research university that currently offers almost 100 bachelor's progams, 50 master's programs and over 30 Ph.D. programs.

The Storke Tower and the University Center in front of the UCSB Lagoon.


UCSB was originally a small independent teacher's college, but it was designated a University of California campus after World War II during the UC system's postwar expansion and was relocated and rebuilt accordingly. UCSB now has three undergraduate colleges: the College of Letters & Science, the College of Engineering, and the College of Creative Studies. The College of Creative Studies offers students an alternative approach to education by allowing them to pursue advanced, independent work in the arts, mathematics, and sciences. The campus also has two professional schools, the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. UCSB also hosts eight National Research Centers, including the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (at which many of the world's prominent theoretical physicists, including Stephen Hawking, are regular visitors) and the Materials Research Laboratory. Five of these Centers are supported by the National Science Foundation. Its faculty includes 5 Nobel laureates, 25 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 26 members of the National Academy of Engineering, and 21 members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

UCSB is third in applications received in the UC system, behind UCLA and UCSD, and was the fourth most selective in admissions in 2005.

The Davidson Library, UCSB's largest library

Nobel Laureate professors

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The UCSB Gauchos


UCSB's sports teams compete in the Big West Conference, with the exception of the men's and women's water polo teams and the men's volleyball team, which are in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Santa Barbara is best known for its women's basketball and men's soccer teams, which are often among the best in the country. In 2004, the men's soccer team advanced to the NCAA championship match where it lost to Indiana University Bloomington on penalty kicks. In 2005, the women's basketball team won its unprecedented ninth straight Big West Conference Championship. The team had its best year in history during the 2004 season when it advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 where it lost to eventual champion University of Connecticut.

The Gauchos men's basketball team had its best years in the late '80s and early '90s under coach Jerry Pimm. UCSB basketball and volleyball teams play at the Thunderdome.

UCSB's most famous athletic alumni are NBA player Brian Shaw, who has played for the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers, and MLB all-star shortstop Michael Young who plays for the Texas Rangers.

UCSB was one of several California-based universities to discontinue their football programs during the 1990s. The stadium, Harder Stadium, is still used for the UCSB soccer teams.

Sports radio and television personality Jim Rome is also a graduate of UCSB.

Since 1998, UCSB athletics have received support from a booster club, the Gaucho Locos, founded by the UCSB student body. The Gaucholocos were originally known as the Gauchoholics but changed its name due to negative connotations, especailly since UCSB already has a reputation as a party school. The Gaucho Locos could be spotted at UCSB athletic events with their signature golden yellow t-shirts with a top ten list on their back, similar to the ones on The Late Show with David Letterman.

The Locos are also accompanied by their famous mascot, "The Fantom of the Dome" a man with a Zorro mask and a black cape, who usually wears denim shorts along with a golden yellow UCSB basketball jersey and a Gaucholoco t-shirt underneath. Many of the cheers and antics used by the Gaucholocos are considered to be some of the most original and entertaining cheers west of the Mississippi.

A UCSB dormitory
Typical view from a UCSB dormitory


In the past, UCSB had a well-deserved reputation as a "party school," though the administration has made major efforts in recent years to combat that stereotype. In 2005, the Princeton Review ranked it as the #4 party school in the nation, up from #22. See the article on Isla Vista for more information. Those familiar with the school's atmosphere sometimes joke that that the letters in "UCSB" stand for the unofficial motto, "U Can Study Buzzed," or the "University of Casual Sex and Beer."

In recent years, a number of professors in UCSB have won Nobel Prizes in different subject areas. [1] Additionally, UCSB is the only institution to have two Nobel Prize winners in the same year on two separate occasions.

Despite their reputation as a laid back campus, UCSB is actually a politically active campus. Many social science classes at UCSB still discuss the Bank of America arson in Isla Vista during the 70s, and how the National Guard was ordered to stabilize the campus and Isla Vista. The UCSB Campus Democrats and the UCSB College Republicans are also among the most active organizations on campus. While the College Republicans have been known to attract notable conservative speakers to the campus, such as Oliver North, Ann Coulter, Ben Stein, and UC Regent Ward Connerly, the Campus Democrats on the other hand have been known for their grassroots campaign by assisting the campaigns of local, statewide, and national candidates, including the late Walter Capps and wife Lois Capps. Despite their political rivalries, each year the Campus Democrats and College Republicans have a barbecue and play each other in one of UCSB's favorite pastimes, a Slosh Ball game. Slosh Ball is a variant of softball with a keg of beer on the second base; the runner must chug a beer before advancing to third. Over the years, other political parties and organizations have also been known to be extremely active on campus, such as the Green Party, Libertarians, NORML, and the Queer Student Union.

According to records by the Santa Barbara County Registrar, UCSB has actually registered more voters over the years than campuses with higher enrollment and well-known political activists like UCLA and UC Berkeley. This has prompted the more conservative northern part of Santa Barbara County to cry for secession, especially after the 2002 recall election of County Supervisor Gail Marshall. The voters of north Santa Barbara County including the Santa Ynez Valley claim that the high number of voters at UCSB and in Isla Vista do not reflect the sentiments of their part of the county. This is due to the fact that the north part of the county is mainly dominated by agricultural and land developing interest, while voters in UCSB and Isla Vista largely vote according to their environmental concerns.

UCSB was named one of America's 25 Hottest Colleges of 2005 by Newsweek. [2] It is currently ranked 45th among national universities (12th among public national universities) by US News and World Report [3]. Admissions are classified as "Most Selective" by US News, with a freshman admissions average GPA of 3.99 and average SAT of 1260 for the Fall 2005 class. [4]

During the last National Research Council assessments in 1995, the following UCSB departments held national ranks: Geography #4, Materials #8, Religion #9, Physics #10, Chemical Engineering #14, Electrical Engineering #19, Ecology #20, Geology #20, Sociology #23, and Chemistry #33.

On Campus

Academic buildings

Broida Hall

Broida Hall is a building entirely for the Department of Physics. The building houses the offices for the Physics professors, classrooms, as well as laboratories.

Campbell Hall

Campbell Hall is the university's largest lecture hall with 860 seats. It is also the main venue for the UCSB Arts and Lectures series which presents special performances, films and lectures for the UCSB campus and Santa Barbara community.

Cheadle Hall

The Office of the Chancellor, Graduate Division, the Office of Research, and the main office of the College of Letters and Science are in this building.

CCS Building

The CCS Building is the headquarters of the College of Creative Studies (CCS), which is a small, special college in UCSB. The building is officially known as building #494. It houses the offices of the Dean of CCS; a lounge, a computer room and classrooms for CCS students.

Supposedly, the building was only a temporary headquaters of the College of Creative Studies, before the college has a permanent building for itself. But ironically, this "temporary" headquarters has been the headquarters of the college for more than 30 years. The college also repainted the exterior of the building massively in 2004.

The building was originally built as a kitchen when the Campus served as a WWII barracks. Hence, there are some oddities in the architecture, such as a filing room in the woman's restroom.

The neighboring Old Little Theater was donated to CCS by the drama department.

Kerr Hall

Home to the Learning Labs, Television Services, Media Equipment, and Instructional Resources.

South Hall

South Hall is located next to the picturesque Storke Tower. It houses the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Statistics, the Department of Linguistics, the Department of English, the Department of Black Studies, and the Department of Chicano and Chicana Studies. It also houses the campus office of the University of California Education Abroad Program. The hall is six stories high.


  • Storke Tower is the tallest building for miles. It's home to a five octave, 61 bell carillon.
  • The Daily Nexus is the campus newspaper.
  • KCSB 91.9 broadcasts from beneath Storke Tower.
  • The Lagoon is a large body of water near the coast line, between San Rafael and San Miguel Residence Halls. It is fed by a combination of run-off and ocean water used by the Marine Science Building's aquatic life tanks, thus, it is a combination of fresh and salt water.

Accommodations for students

There are eight residence halls at UCSB, seven of which are located at the Main campus, and one of which, Francisco Torres, is located near the entrance to West campus north of Isla Vista. Francisco Torres has its own dining commons.

The Main Campus residence halls are found in two different locations. On the east end of campus are the residence halls named after five of the Channel Islands: Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, San Miguel and San Nicolas. There are two dining commons located near the Channel Islands residence halls. The Ortega Dining Commons is located between San Miguel and the University Center (UCen), and the De La Guerra Dining Commons is located between Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and San Nicolas.

The two other residence halls, San Rafael and Manzanita Village, are located on the west side of campus and primarily house continuing and transfer students. The Carrillo Dining Commons is located in Manzanita Village, right next to San Rafael Hall. Manzanita Village was completed in 2002, and is the newest dorm on campus.

Notable people

External links

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