Our World and National Rankings

Our University


#5 Public University
UCSB ranks number 5 among all public universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2019 “Best Colleges” guide, the most widely read college guide in the country.

#1 Green school
Princeton Review ranked UC Santa Barbara as the No. 1 Green School among public universities in their 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges. Bren Hall, which houses the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, is among the “greenest” buildings in the nation, earning triple LEED Platinum certification — the highest sustainability rating possible — from the U.S. Green Building Council. In fact, our campus has the largest portfolio of LEED-certified buildings in the UC system.

6 Nobel Laureates
34 American Academy of the Arts and Sciences Members
29 National Academy of Engineering Members

Our Department


In their most recent report on the Best Graduate Schools, US News and World Report ranked UC Santa Barbara #11 in Geology and #19 in Earth Science nationally. Worldwide, They ranked our program #39.

The UK Times Higher Education "World University Rankings" ranked UC Santa Barbara's Program # 20 in the world in physical sciences.

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