Santa Barbara City College

Tel: (805)965-0581
17,927 students
Public institution
  • Santa Barbara City College is a comprehensive community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County. Established in 1909, SBCC is renowned as one of the leading two-year community college in California - and the nation. The college has a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree. Students are attracted to SBCC by virtue of its outstanding faculty, small classes, state-of-the-art facilities and numerous student services.
School Highlights
Santa Barbara City College serves 17,927 students (47% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
Santa Barbara City College is one of 3 community colleges within Santa Barbara County, CA.
The nearest community college is Ventura College (28.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 491 teachers has grown by 18% over five years.
Santa Barbara City College (CA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 491 staff 78 staff
Santa Barbara City College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 17,927 has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has decreased from 38:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment 17,927 students 2,419 students
Santa Barbara City College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 37:1 44:1
Santa Barbara City College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 8,356 students 1,297 students
Santa Barbara City College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 9,571 students 5,258 students
Santa Barbara City College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Santa Barbara City College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Santa Barbara City College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Santa Barbara City College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Santa Barbara City College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Santa Barbara City College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
Santa Barbara City College More (2010-2014)
% Non Resident races
Santa Barbara City College Non Resident (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
Santa Barbara City College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.68 0.73
Santa Barbara City College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $1,374 is more than the state average of $1,220. The in-state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,254 is more than the state average of $6,184. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,374 $1,220
Santa Barbara City College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,254 $6,184
Santa Barbara City College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 46% 81%
Santa Barbara City College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Established in 1909, SBCC is a public, co-educational two-year college which offers both academic and technical/vocational certificates and associate degrees. Known for its outstanding faculty and curriculum, SBCC is a premier California Community College and a leader in preparing students to transfer to respected universities and colleges. International students have always played an important role in the life of the college. Santa Barbara City College provides an outstanding education for the South Coast's future workforce - the health care workers, technicians, teachers, hotel/restaurant staff, and business managers that will keep our community strong. SBCC is also the home of an outstanding lifelong learning program - our continuing education classes provide lifelong learning opportunities for more than 42,000 people every year. The primary purpose of the Office of Student Life is to coordinate co-curricular student activities and specific services on campus. The staff assists individual students, student organizations, athletics, and instructional departments in coordinating activity projects, in addition to providing assistance and direction to the A.S. Student Senate.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
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For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,220 per year for in-state students and $6,184 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,796 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 85%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in California is Stanbridge College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.