Santa Barbara City College

  • 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 to Santa Barbara City College is Ventura College (28.0 miles away).

Top Placements

Santa Barbara City College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 491 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Santa Barbara City College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty491 staff97 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Santa Barbara City College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Santa Barbara City College diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment17,927 students7,516 students
Student:Teacher Ratio37:144:1
# Full-Time Students8,356 students1,613 students
# Part-Time Students9,571 students5,903 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.680.73
College Completion Rate
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Santa Barbara City College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of CA by year, with the latest 2014-15 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,300$34,600

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,374 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,836 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,374$1,636
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,836$6,797
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid46%78%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$9,000$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$5,500$5,500
Source: 2016 (or 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

  • The nearest community college to Santa Barbara City College is Ventura College (28.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 12,928 students | 28.00 Mi4667 Telegraph Rd
    Ventura CA  93003
    (805) 654-6400
  • 420 students | 28.80 Mi4839 Market Street
    Ventura CA  93003
    (805) 339-2999
  • 7,148 students | 35.10 Mi4000 S Rose Ave
    Oxnard CA  93033
    (805) 986-5800
  • 5,217 students | 47.60 Mi29 Cougar Court
    Taft CA  93268
    (661) 763-7700
  • 13,880 students | 49.70 Mi7075 Campus Rd
    Moorpark CA  93021
    (805) 378-1400
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 86%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Coastline Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.