Dear Students:

We are delighted to welcome you to UC Santa Barbara, where your energy and excitement enrich our vibrant campus life. Whether you are beginning or continuing your educational journey with us, we look forward to learning, exploring, and growing together.

At UC Santa Barbara, you are part of a strong campus community that values academic excellence and diversity. We are ranked No. 7 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. With a campus culture of curiosity, critical thinking, and collaboration, you have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research and creative opportunities with our world-class faculty, and we in turn have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and perspective from our inquisitive and exceptional student body.  

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, and U.S. News ranks us among institutions nationwide with the seventh highest diversity index rating. 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. We are a campus that is proud to celebrate our differences. And by fostering an inclusive community that is respectful, civil, supportive, and safe, together we create a rich learning environment where we can all reach our highest potential.
We trust you will find unlimited opportunities for growth here at UC Santa Barbara. As a university dedicated to educating the next generation of contributors and leaders, we are excited to invest in your future, and to partner with you as you pursue your dreams.  

My wife, Dilling, and I are proud and honored to have you at UC Santa Barbara. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces during our daily walks on our beautiful campus!


Henry T. Yang