Dear Students:

We are delighted to welcome you to UC Santa Barbara and excited by the return of our vibrant campus life! Whether you are beginning or continuing your educational journey with us, we look forward to learning, exploring, and growing together.

Throughout the pandemic, you have faced challenges and been called on to sacrifice significant rites of passage for the greater good of public health. During this time, we have appreciated your ability to adapt to an ever-evolving situation, and to find opportunities for growth amid the many changes. The 2021-22 academic year still holds some unknowns for us in light of the ongoing pandemic, and we will all have to remain understanding and flexible amid a fluid situation. Despite the unique circumstances, we are thrilled to have you with us on campus and in the classroom.

At UC Santa Barbara, you are part of a strong campus community that values academic excellence and diversity. We are ranked No. 5 overall among the top public universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report. We are also ranked No. 9 worldwide for producing Nobel laureates in this century, according to Times Higher Education in London.

Paramount to the academic achievement and excellence at UC Santa Barbara is our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are a Minority-Serving Institution, and the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities to be recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Newsweek ranks us the No. 1 Hispanic-Serving Institution in the country. We are also ranked by the New York Times College Access Index at No. 2 among the nation’s top colleges most committed to economic diversity.

As a university dedicated to educating our future contributors and leaders, and learning from each other, we encourage one another to foster a community free of intolerance and discrimination, and to promote a campus climate that is respectful, civil, supportive, and safe. These core values allow us to provide a learning environment where we can all pursue our dreams and reach our highest potential.

My wife, Dilling, and I are proud and honored to have you at UC Santa Barbara. We cannot wait to see you around our beautiful campus!


Henry T. Yang