The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is one of the top public research universities in the United States. It joined the University of California system in 1944.

Notable UCSB alumni include: Richard Anderson (Retired American professional basketball player in the NBA), Tony Cardenas (Former California State Assemblyman), Jason Lezak (U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist - Swimming), Conner Henry (Former NBA basketball player), Joseph C. Wilson (Former U.S. diplomat), etc.

UC Santa Barbara is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

University Rankings:

- According to the US News 2011 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools", UCSB's College of Engineering is ranked 19th overall among the best engineering schools, tied with Harvard, and two of its specialties ranked in the top 10: materials at 4th and chemical engineering at 9th. Other UCSB programs that achieved high national rankings include: earth sciences, number 23; chemistry, number 33; computer science, number 35; mathematics, number 46; biological sciences, number 46; statistics, number 55; and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, number 79.

- Rated 46th in the country and 59th in the world (Webometrics Ranking, January 2010).

- 42nd among Tier 1 National Universities (US News & World Report 2010).

- 106th in the QS World University Rankings™ 2009. Additionally it is placed in the global top 100 for the following subjects: Natural Sciences (32nd), Engineering & IT (68th), Life Sciences & Biomedicine (85th).

- 27th in the United States and 35th in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009).

- 9th among Top 20 Party Schools by Princeton Review 2009.

- Newsweek named UCSB one of "America’s 25 Hottest Colleges of 2005".

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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