Why Choose CS at UCSB?

UC Santa Barbara offers students and scholars an opportunity to live and learn in a stunning setting on the shores of the Pacific.

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Top Rankings

Academic Research

  • The UCSB Department of Computer Science has seen a meteoric rise in the most recent ranking of the Ph.D. programs by the National Research Council (NRC). The new NRC ranking places the UCSB Computer Science Department solidly in the top ten! Unlike the US News and World Report graduate program rankings, which are largely based on subjective opinions, the NRC rankings are an objective assessment of a program’s quality based on a vast amount of collected data that are analyzed using a sophisticated ranking formula. The PhDs.org website allows users to browse the NRC assessment data interactively. We are happy to see the rankings catch up with the rest of the cutting edge work and top-tier students produced by the UCSB Computer Science Department.
  • UCSB is now being included in a Yahoo! Finance article titled "15 Fantastic Higher Education Values."
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks UCSB as #34 in the world, and #26 in the USA. See the full list here.
  • UCSB is home to ten national centers and institutes, including seven that are sponsored by NSF.
  • The computer science PhD program has produced stellar graduates now employed as faculty and researchers in top universities and prestigious industrial laboratories around the world. Here is a brief sampling of some of them:
    • UCLA, Cisco, Boeing, Cornell, Microsoft, Google, Virginia Tech, Carnegie Mellon University, Oracle, Mount Holyoke, Case Western Reserve, MIT Lincoln Labs, Inktomi, Naval Postgraduate School, Yahoo, IBM, University of Colorado, and others.

Renowned Faculty

  • In addition to five winners of Nobel Prizes, UCSB's faculty includes many elected members or fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (21), the National Academy of Sciences (25), the National Academy of Engineering (26), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (43).
  • The department includes four recipients of the prestigious MIT Technology Review Young Innovators Award.
  • Among our faculty are a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Many are winners of the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards, and numerous others serve as editors in chief or associate editors of computer science journals and chairs or vice chairs for national and international conferences and workshops. Our faculty routinely present keynote addresses and invited lectures worldwide.
  • Our faculty regularly organize top conferences and workshops in their respective research areas. These conferences are regularly held in the Santa Barbara area. Past conferences and workshops have included IEEE International Conference on Networking Protocols (ICNP), International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems (IPTPS), International Conference on Developments in Language Theory (DLT), IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), ACM Multimedia, the IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, the International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT), the Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (ACMHotMobile), and the Crytographic Hash Workshop. Finally, every year UCSB hosts the Annual International Crytology Conference (Crypto).


Life in Santa Barbara

  • The Santa Barbara / Goleta area is one of the most beautiful and temperate places to live in the world. In addition to having a campus situated on the oceanfront, UCSB students enjoy warm sunny weather all year round. Many celebrities, musicians, and actors have made Santa Barbara their home away from Hollywood, and many successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople choose to live in Santa Barbara.