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Welcome Message to Students

Dear Students:

I am excited to welcome you – our incoming and returning students – to the new academic year! Our campus is energized by your arrival, and eager for the many opportunities the new year will bring.

As you familiarize and reacquaint yourself with our campus, we hope you will feel the strong sense of community that is at our core. We are not only passionate about education, but care deeply about our neighbors, our environment, and each other. This attitude of sensitivity and support informs our approach to daily campus life.

Here at UC Santa Barbara, we strive to provide all students with access to an outstanding education and the tools to succeed – in an environment full of respect and free of discrimination. We encourage one another to embrace our differences and learn from them, valuing the civil exchange of ideas and upholding academic freedom as a vital part of our educational mission.

Our commitment to academic excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion has resulted in a university that is nationally and internationally recognized. Our campus is ranked No. 5 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 an analysis by Times Higher Education in London. Within the prestigious Association of American Universities, an organization of 62 leading public and private research universities, we were the first to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Our accessibility and affordability – principles our own students have helped champion – place us at No. 2 among the nation’s top colleges most committed to economic diversity, according to the New York Times College Access Index.

We hope you are as proud of UC Santa Barbara as we are of you. You are the heart of our university, and we look forward to watching your talents and creativity flourish during your time with us. My wife, Dilling, and I will see you around campus – we’re your neighbors after all!


Henry T. Yang