• 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 14,133 students (46% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 66% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 14,133 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,374
  • Out-state tuition: $6,836
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 66%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 1,041 teachers has grown by 151% over five years.
Santa Barbara City College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
1,041 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Santa Barbara City College has declined by 21% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 37:1 over five years.
The Santa Barbara City College diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
14,133 students
8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
24:1
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# Full-Time Students
6,555 students
2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students
7,578 students
6,350 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
128 students
33 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
6,555 students
1,979 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
69 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
7,578 students
6,350 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
3 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
5%
12%
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% Hispanic
37%
47%
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% Black
3%
6%
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% White
34%
23%
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
6%
2%
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% Unknown races
10%
6%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score
0.73
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
9.01%
4.57%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$39,300
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,374 is less than the state average of $2,173. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,836 is less than the state average of $7,256. The out-state tuition has declined by 17% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,374
$2,173
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,836
$7,256
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Santa Barbara City College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of CA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
42%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$11,725
$10,500
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Santa Barbara City College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,116
$6,239
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Santa Barbara City College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Santa Barbara City College cost?

Santa Barbara City College's tuition is approximately $1,374 for In-State students and $6,836 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 14,133 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,374
  • Out-state tuition: $6,836
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 66%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,173 per year for in-state students and $7,256 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $20,964 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 score of 0.70, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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