Chancellor's Welcome Message to Students

Dear Students:

On behalf of our UC Santa Barbara community, I am so pleased to welcome you to the 2013-14 academic year. We are happy to have you with us on campus, and we appreciate all the intellectual and creative energy you bring with you.

UC Santa Barbara has gained significant recognition in recent years for our passionate commitment to excellence and diversity. Five of our active faculty members are Nobel laureates, and in 2009, a UCSB alumna was awarded a Nobel Prize as well. Earlier this year, Leiden University in the Netherlands ranked UC Santa Barbara #2 among the top 500 universities in the world for research productivity and impact. We are a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), placing us within the top 2% of research universities in the United States and Canada. Notably, our campus is #1 among AAU institutions for our percentage of Chicana/o and Latina/o enrollment. This is true both at the undergraduate level and for our total student population.

As students, you are an important part of our community of scholars, and we value your contributions and participation. I urge you to set high goals for yourself this year, and to take advantage of all that our campus has to offer. You are the reason we are all here—and we want to help you make the most of your time with us.

My wife, Dilling, and I look forward to seeing you on campus. We are glad to have you as part of our UCSB family.


Henry T. Yang


UCSB Office of the ChancellorUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
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