The College of Letters & Science, the main undergraduate school at UC Santa Barbara, is the largest center of teaching, learning, and research at UCSB, and the only school on campus offering a comprehensive liberal arts education. The college's more than 18,000 undergraduates are able to take advantage of great opportunities to learn, to discover what interests them, to engage in advanced research and creative activity, and to prepare for a wide variety of careers. At a time of rapid personal development, a liberal arts education increases students’ self-knowledge.
UC Santa Barbara is a renowned research university, and the college’s undergraduates are as much a part of the research community as the faculty and graduate students. Research offers undergraduates the opportunity to delve deeper into any subject, whether in a science lab, at the library, in the field gathering data or interviewing subjects, or even by making a film. Research opportunities often begin when a student approaches a faculty member because of interest in his/her research or academic discipline. Alternately, outstanding students may be invited by faculty to join their research groups (especially in the sciences). For current opportunities, please visit Undergraduate Education Research Opportunities.