Prospective Student Resources


How Do I Apply?

Visit the University of California Admissions website for information about:

  • How to apply: dates & deadlines, check majors, apply online, personal statement, app fees
  • Freshmen: requirements, CA residents, how apps are reviewed, freshman admission profiles
  • Transfers: requirements, major preparation paths, transfer admission guarantee, how applications are reviewed
  • International: TOEFL/IELTS exams, passports & visas, finances, living accommodations, admissions contacts
  • Campuses: UCSB Campus Admissions
  • Paying for UC: What does UC cost?, financial aid, scholarships, tax credits & savings plans, payment plans

UCSB admissions resources:

Admissions Office and Admissions Publications & Videos

How much does it cost per academic year at UCSB (Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters)?

The UCSB Financial Aid Office has an online cost of attendance form that calculates costs for the academic year. The Cost of Attendance webpage includes residency (CA resident / non-resident) and housing (commuter, off-campus and university) options.

Are there internship and job opportunities available for electrical engineering students?

Santa Barbara and the Goleta area are known as being a part of the technology corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Many technology companies are located in our area and contact us seeking students who are interested in participating in internship and employment opportunities. The ECE Student Office regularly sends out Umail email notifications to students about these opportunities.

Students are also advised to initiate direct contact with companies and to discuss internship and employment interests with faculty members since many have their own research labs and also have contact with local industry.

UCSB Career Services has an official website for jobs, internships, and campus interviews called Handshake. In addition, GauchoLink serves as a gateway to subscription services that are free for UCSB students. The College of Engineering also has a Career Services web page that helps undergraduates and graduate students locate jobs and internships.

Annual UCSB Recruiting Events sponsored by Career Services are a great opportunity to see which companies are looking for interns and employees.

What's the current job outlook for electrical engineers?

According to the "2016-17 PayScale College Salary Report," EE is ranked at #8 on their "Highest Paying Bachelor Degrees by Salary Potential" list with early career pay at $68,100 and mid-career at $114,000.

For additional information, the College of Engineering has an excellent Career Services web page that helps undergraduates and graduate students locate jobs and internships.

Who do I contact if I have curriculum questions?

To receive a Electrical Engineering degree from UCSB, students must satisfy three sets of requirements: major, college and university. As a first point of reference for curriculum questions, go to the ECE Curriculum webpage. For additional questions, contact the following:

  • MAJOR (Electrical Engineering degree requirements): ECE Student Affairs Office - Trailer 380, Rm 101 | (805) 893-8292 |
  • COLLEGE (College of Engineering general education requirements): College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies - Harold Frank Hall, Room 1006 | (805) 893-2809 |
  • UNIVERSITY (UC, Santa Barbara general education requirements): College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies - Harold Frank Hall, Room 1006 | (805) 893-2809 |

Not sure where to go? Contact the ECE Student Affairs Office - Trailer 380, Rm 101 | (805) 893-8292 |

Who do I contact if I am a transfer student?

The College of Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office handles all Prospective Transfer Students inquiries.

Who do I contact if I am interested in undergraduate research opportunities?

You should consult with faculty members who a have similar interests so they can steer you in the right direction. Both faculty research interests and research areas are available on the ECE Program website under Areas of Research and Faculty Research.

Plus there are prominent research centers on campus that have structured undergraduate research programs such as the Materials Research Lab and the California Nanosystems Institute - Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships.

For more information about undergraduate research refer to the College of Engineering's Undergraduate Research Opportunities webpage.

Can I participate in the University of California's study abroad program?

Yes - the UCSB Office of the Education Abroad Program (EAP) is dedicated to making the experience of such study available to as many qualified UCSB students as possible. EAP allows students to continue to progress toward their degrees while living and studying in some of the best academic institutions around the world.

For more information about EAP, contact the College of Engineering liaison, Tacy Costanzo -

Can I participate in the UCSB Technology Management program?

Yes - students can participate in UCSB Technology Management Program (TMP) and one TMP course may be used as a senior elective for the EE major.

The Technology Management Program's educational programs include classes in management, entrepreneurship, new product development, marketing, and much more taught by world-class scholars, highly successful business lecturers and entrepreneurs.

The program's New Venture Competition has launched new ventures including several EE and CE senior year projects.

What is the advantage of the combined Bachelor of Science / Master of Science degree program?

Electrical Engineering students may obtain both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree either in Electrical & Computer Engineering by taking applicable courses in the last half of their senior year. Students interested in the B.S./M.S. Program may apply in the Spring quarter of their junior year after they have taken their junior level courses for the B.S./M.S. program in ECE.

Please see the ECE Undergraduate Student office for more information. The applicant should have a good G.P.A. and faculty recommendations. Roughly the top 25% of Electrical Engineering students may be eligible to apply for the B.S./M.S. Program.

Does UCSB, the College of Engineering and ECE have campus tours?

The University holds its Spring Insight Open House every April.

For information about visiting UCSB go to the UCSB Visitor Center webpage for information about:

  • Virtual Visits
  • Webinars
  • Tours

In October and November, UCSB offers an "Engineering at UCSB: Presentation & Tour." To register for the one-hour info session and 90-minute guided walking tour of campus, visit Admissions Tours and Presentations.

The College of Engineering (CoE) and the ECE Department also offer student advising by appointment only.

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