University of California-Santa Barbara Rankings Based on Salary

  • University of California-Santa Barbara ranks better than 64% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • University of California-Santa Barbara ranks better than 89% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at UC Santa Barbara

We calculated a salary score for each of UC Santa Barbara's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at UC Santa Barbara to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for UCSB Bachelor's Degrees

UCSB ranks higher than 64% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Anthropology 87% $15,000 $32,245 87%
Applied Mathematics 27% $20,610 $46,087 27%
Area Studies 2% $19,000 $17,717 2%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 59% $15,700 $35,600 59%
Biology, General 83% $18,211 $34,157 83%
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences 12% $20,098 $25,194 12%
Chemical Engineering 25% $15,500 $61,516 25%
Chemistry 83% $20,500 $45,249 83%
Communication and Media Studies 97% $15,000 $45,305 97%
Computer Engineering 80% $19,880 $82,123 80%
Computer Science 89% $18,250 $91,744 89%
Dance 10% Not Reported $15,552 10%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 80% $18,097 $26,933 80%
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 29% $17,768 $25,194 29%
Economics 82% $15,000 $59,447 82%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 66% $16,415 $73,949 66%
English Language and Literature, General 53% $17,369 $29,956 53%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 44% $17,300 $28,870 44%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 69% $17,167 $29,141 69%
Fine and Studio Arts 42% $19,000 $25,194 42%
Geography and Cartography 80% $17,001 $41,937 80%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 50% $19,125 $37,208 50%
History 56% $19,500 $31,880 56%
International/Global Studies 68% $15,853 $37,790 68%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 52% $16,500 $29,685 52%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 57% $13,000 $55,964 57%
Mathematics 50% $18,385 $46,087 50%
Mechanical Engineering 54% $19,100 $66,262 54%
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 72% $22,000 $38,337 72%
Music 61% $20,000 $29,685 61%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 56% $15,500 $34,277 56%
Pharmacology and Toxicology 27% $16,500 $26,353 27%
Philosophy 79% $15,000 $36,941 79%
Physics 93% $19,626 $59,648 93%
Political Science and Government 65% $15,333 $37,956 65%
Religion/Religious Studies 50% $14,696 $26,739 50%
Research and Experimental Psychology 41% $15,000 $31,400 41%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 49% $17,333 $32,634 49%
Sociology 34% $14,924 $30,239 34%
Statistics 32% $17,346 $49,996 32%
Zoology/Animal Biology 81% $15,000 $28,055 81%

Salary Scores for UCSB Master's Degrees

UCSB ranks higher than 69% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 41% Not Reported $79,284 41%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 74% $32,500 $56,415 74%

Salary Scores for UCSB Doctoral Degrees

UCSB ranks higher than 65% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Chemistry 80% Not Reported $87,754 80%
Education, General 25% Not Reported $67,324 25%
Physics 53% Not Reported $84,653 53%
Research and Experimental Psychology 96% Not Reported $73,466 96%

University of California-Santa Barbara Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Tejvir Grewall 1/16/2020

I thought both of the programs were very weak. I was accepted as a math major, and I was struggling. I like art, but in reflection with my student loans that I still have, I don't think I really learned anything striking. Teachers sat back and maybe one global studies class was interesting that I still remember. I did not find all of that information to be true, so I was stuck on the biases being spread in lectures.

Genessis Castorena 8/23/2019

I attended UCSB for 4 years. Overall once I found a good group of friends my experience was great. I was born and raised in a hispanic community, went to a predominantly hispanic high school therefore moving to Santa Barbara, CA and being immersed in a predominately caucasian environment was a little bit of a culture shock. It would be great to see more diversity amongst the student population and faculty. As far as faculty goes, I had a great experience with all professors. UCSB Is very large school therefore... Read More

Adjusting to college level courses was a little bit difficult for me. I received 2 C's first year. I started college wanting to go to medical school, I knew the Cs on my transcript were not good however I knew I still had time to make it up by working hard and receiving good grades in the rest of my med school prerequisites, the counselors did not see it this way. Of about 4-5 counselors that I went to see all but 1 were very discouraging of my chances of getting into any PA or medical program. Instead of saying "it might be a little more difficult, but here is what you can do to improve your chances" they all told me to find another career path. I start PA school in two days. My advice is that no matter who you are getting advice from take it with a grain of salt and continue to work hard towards your goals. Good luck in college! Enjoy every second because it flies by!