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Located in Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara City College is a public institution. Santa Barbara is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

5,400 Full-Time Undergraduates
$1,104 Avg In-State Tuition

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Santa Barbara City College Rankings

According to our 2023 analysis, SBCC is ranked #52 out of 1,440 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 94 colleges in California, it is ranked at #5.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

SBCC has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#10 Best Basic Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SBCC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Health/Medical Admin Services Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Mental & Social Health Services Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Online Health/Medical Admin Services Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Health/Medical Admin Services Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Value Health/Medical Admin Services Basic Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Allied Health Professions Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SBCC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Schools College Factual
#11 Highest Paid Health & Medical Administrative Services Graduates College Factual
#19 Highest Paid Allied Health Professions Graduates College Factual
#106 Best Value Colleges for Health & Medical Administrative Services College Factual
#108 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Schools College Factual
#156 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Santa Barbara City College?


Contact details for SBCC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
Phone: 805-965-0581

Can I Afford SBCC?

$1,104 In-State Tuition
7% Take Out Loans
13.3% Loan Default Rate
For the 2019-2020 academic year, part-time SBCC students paid $46 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $353 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $1,104 $8,472
Fees $128 $440
Books and Supplies $1,125 $1,125

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SBCC, approximately 7% of students took out student loans averaging $5,030 a year. That adds up to $20,120 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SBCC is 13.3%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Santa Barbara City College Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,400 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,525 undergraduate students at SBCC, with 5,400 being full-time and 7,125 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 5,400 full-time undergraduates at SBCC, 45% are male and 55% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Santa Barbara City College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 209
Black or African American 119
Hispanic or Latino 2,078
White 2,002
International Students 319
Other Races/Ethnicities 673

Over 89 countries are represented at SBCC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Sweden, and Brazil.

Online Learning at Santa Barbara City College

2,564 Took All Classes Online
7,380 Took At Least One Class Online
0.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 7,380 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SBCC has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 10th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of SBCC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Santa Barbara City College was 0.3%. This is the #1,494 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SBCC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SBCC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health & Medical Administrative Services 9%
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 19%

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Santa Barbara City College Trade School Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 15 71 5 91
General Cosmetology/Cosmetologist 0 3 31 34
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 26 0 0 26
Radiologic Technology 0 22 0 22
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 0 5 6 11
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 2 6 3 11
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 2 6 9
Building Construction Technology 2 2 0 4
Diver, Professional & Instructor 0 0 4 4
General Drafting & Design Technology 0 1 2 3
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 0 3 0 3
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Management & Recycling Technology 0 0 0 0
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 46 115 57 218


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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