The next list compares two colleges briefly in important perspectives. You can compare two colleges with comprehensive information on the full comparison page.
  • Both are four-years, public schools.
  • UCSB has more expensive tuition & fees ($44,171) than Cal Poly ($28,105).
  • It is harder to admit to UCSB than Cal Poly.
  • UCSB has more students with 26,179 students while Cal Poly has 22,440 students.
  • UCSB has more full-time faculties with 1,097 faculties while Cal Poly has 881 full-time faculties.
The following table compares the two rival schools - California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and University of California-Santa Barbara.
Which school is more in your mind and would you like to go to?
Cal PolyUCSB
Cal Polyvs.UCSB
San Luis Obispo, CaliforniaLocationSanta Barbara, California
four-years, publicSchool Typefour-years, public
Master's degreeHighest Degree OfferedDoctor's degree - research/scholarship
Master's College and University (larger programs)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (very high research activity)
Tuition & Fees
53% ($6,996)% Receiving Financial Aid (Avg. amount)63% ($18,590)
$6,996Average Amount of Financial Aid$18,590
34.61 %Acceptance Rates32.81 %
31.24 %Yield (Enrollment Rates)16.90 %
-SAT Score-
-ACT Score-
83 %Graduation Rate84 %
2 %Transfer-out Rate-
94 %Retention Rate91 %
22,440Student Population26,179
881Number of Faculties1,097
21 to 1Student to Faculty Ratio18 to 1
Distance Learning (Online Classes), ROTC, Study Abroad, Teacher CertificationSpecial Learning OpportunitiesDistance Learning (Online Classes), ROTC, Study Abroad, Teacher Certification
Remedial Service, Academic/career counseling service, Employment services, Placement services, On-campus daycareOn Campus Student ServicesAcademic/career counseling service, Employment services, Placement services, On-campus daycare

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