Dear Students:

Welcome all of you to the new academic year! We are thrilled to be partnering with you as you participate in an exciting educational journey of discovery. Whether you are a returning, first-year, or transfer student, you will find unlimited opportunities to enjoy campus life by learning, exploring, and engaging together.

This year we are celebrating our 75th anniversary as a University of California campus. Over the decades, UC Santa Barbara has risen rapidly to become a preeminent world-class research university. This year our campus is ranked No. 7 among the top public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. We are also ranked No. 9 worldwide for producing Nobel laureates in this century, according to Times Higher Education in London. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized with so many top awards, including a Pulitzer Prize this past spring.

Vital to the excellence, creativity, and innovation at UC Santa Barbara is our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. We are the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities to be recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and we are ranked by the New York Times College Access Index at No. 2 among the nation’s top colleges most committed to economic diversity.

Cultivating our rich diversity is a hallmark of our university. We encourage one another to celebrate our differences, and to foster a community free of intolerance and discrimination. Together we work to promote a campus climate that is respectful, civil, supportive, and safe. These core values allow us to provide a living and learning environment where we can all pursue our dreams and reach our highest potential.

I am confident that the year ahead will be full of rewarding experiences. My wife, Dilling, and I look forward to seeing you around campus. Thank you for being a special member of our UC Santa Barbara family!


Henry T. Yang