Santa Barbara City College

Tel: (805)965-0581
18,766 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 18,766 students (45% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 63%.
Santa Barbara City College is one of 3 community colleges within Santa Barbara County, CA.
The nearest community college is Ventura College (28.1 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 500 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Santa Barbara City College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 500 staff
59 staff
Santa Barbara City College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 18,766 teachers has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has decreased from 45:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.56 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
18,766 students
1,282 students
Santa Barbara City College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 38:1
Santa Barbara City College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
8,470 students
810 students
Santa Barbara City College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 10,296 students
1,017 students
Santa Barbara City College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Santa Barbara City College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Santa Barbara City College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Santa Barbara City College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Santa Barbara City College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Santa Barbara City College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Santa Barbara City College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Santa Barbara City College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Santa Barbara City College non_resident (2006-2013)
Santa Barbara City College Ethnicity Breakdown Community College Average 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. 0.56 0.53
Santa Barbara City College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,374 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 68% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,254 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 22% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,374 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,254 $10,294
Santa Barbara City College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 42%
Santa Barbara City College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (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
  • Ventura Ventura College
    4667 Telegraph Rd
    Ventura, CA 93003
    28.1  Mi  |  12980  students
  • Ventura Santa Barbara Business College-Ventura
    Private for-profit
    4839 Market Street
    Ventura, CA 93003
    28.8  Mi  |  360  students
  • Oxnard ITT Technical Institute-Oxnard
    Private for-profit
    2051 Solar Dr Suite 150
    Oxnard, CA 93036
    34  Mi  |  326  students
  • Oxnard Oxnard College
    4000 S Rose Ave
    Oxnard, CA 93033
    35  Mi  |  6961  students
  • Moorpark Moorpark College
    7075 Campus Rd
    Moorpark, CA 93021
    49.7  Mi  |  14253  students
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,429 per year for in-state students and $6,281 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,427 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. 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 0.71, which is higher than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in California is California College San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.