UC Santa Barbara Institutional Advancement

College Preparation

Volunteer Action Center, CAB UCSB offers an array of programs designed to enhance students' awareness and preparedness for higher education.

For K-12 information, please see "K-12 Outreach."

Engineering, Math and Science

Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER)
CCBER promotes the teaching of diverse undergraduate courses in EEMB, Environmental Studies, and Geology. It also supports faculty, staff, and student research interests by providing field and lab-based resources. In addition, CCBER houses regionally focused collections of terrestrial plants, algae, and vertebrates, as well as an extensive plant anatomy collection. The Center satisfies the University's obligation to provide stewardship of campus lands, rich in biodiversity. Through the ecological restoration program, the Center encourages land restoration on and near campus. The Kids in Nature outreach program fulfills K-12 educational goals, while staff and faculty curators provide scientific information and advice to private entities. The union of these elements into CCBER creates a campus facility dedicated to education, research, and outreach related to regional biological diversity and restoration.
Inquiries: Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, 805-893-2401
Web Site: http://ccber.ucsb.edu

Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement Center (MESA)
The Santa Barbara Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement Center (MESA) School Program addresses the historically low numbers of disadvantaged and low income students pursuing math based majors in college. MESA provides academic/career awareness and preparation services for secondary students with high interests in math and science. The goal is for every participant to complete four years of college preparatory math and English along with chemistry and physics, and to take the PSAT and SAT I&II before high school graduation. Functions involving students, their families, teachers and staff include: school site meetings and activities, field trips to college campuses, MESA day competitions, Academies, scholarships, and summer programs. Currently, more than 400 senior high school students and nearly 500 junior high school students are enrolled in the Santa Barbara and Ventura County Schools.
Inquiries: College of Engineering, 805-893-3333
Web Site: http://www.oep.ucsb.edu/programs/mesa

MESA Engineering Program (MEP)
MESA Engineering Program (MEP) is a comprehensive program for the recruitment, retention, academic support, and career preparation of educationally disadvantaged students in the College of Engineering. Some of the components of the program include a Student Study Center, Academic Excellence Workshops, orientation courses, career advising, and providing links with student and professional organizations.
Inquiries: College of Engineering, 805-893-8347
Web Site: http://engineering.ucsb.edu/programs/mep_and_msp/

MESA School Program (MSP)
MESA School Program (MSP), is a pre-college outreach program serving over 900 students (K-12) in Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties. MSP provides activities that encourage students to pursue a college prep academic plan that leads to math based careers. It includes MESA Day competitions, rocket building and launch, SAT Prep workshops, Lego robotic competitions, College tours and Leadership training. MSP is a collaborative program developing and implementing creative outreach initiatives with Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and Puente.
Inquiries: College of Engineering, 805-893-8347
Web Site: http://www.oep.ucsb.edu/programs/mesa


Arts Library
The Arts Library houses scholarly collections of over 300,000 volumes on art, architecture, and music, and provides access to dozens of electronic information resources. The music collection contains over 87,000 books and music scores, as well as periodicals, videos, microforms, and over 35,000 sound recordings. The recordings (CDs, LPs, and tapes) are available for in-library listening; videos (VHS and DVD) may be viewed in one of two small-group viewing rooms. Also available for on-campus listening are five online audio databases that comprise thousands of albums of classical, jazz, and traditional music. The art collection contains over 210,000 books, periodicals, exhibition catalogs, artists' books, catalogues raisonné and non-book materials including videos, cd/roms, and extensive holdings of microforms. Available on-campus only is access to thousands of art images, articles, reference works and other scholarly electronic databases. Specialized subject assistance can be found at the Art Library's web page.
Inquiries: Arts Library, 805-893-2850
Web Site: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/arts-library

Early Academic Outreach Program
Early Academic Outreach provides pre-college preparation and assistance to middle and high school students and parents in selected schools in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties. Services include college planning and financial aid workshops, transcript evaluation, SAT preparation, college course requirements (A-G) and four systems of Higher Ed workshops, UC Application and personal statement workshops, life and career planning, academic recognition events, college visits, summer Algebra Academies, academic skills development and college readiness seminars.
Inquiries: Early Academic Outreach, 805-893-7260
Web Site: http://eao.sa.ucsb.edu/

Open University Program
The Open University Program is a cooperative arrangement between the campus and UCSB Extension that enables qualified individuals to enroll in undergraduate and graduate courses on a space available basis without being formally admitted to UCSB. (May also be referred to as Open Enrollment or Concurrent Enrollment.) This program is ideal for those who are considering returning to school, preparing to enter UCSB, seeking to complete a few units to graduate, or desiring to take specific UCSB courses for professional reasons. During the summer, community members may register for courses through Summer Sessions.
Inquiries: UCSB Extension, 805-893-3351
Web Site: http://extension.ucsb.edu/static/open.jsp

Special Programs

Accelerated Study Access Program (ASAP)
The Accelerated Study Access Program (ASAP) in the College of Letters and Science allows highly qualified students from the Santa Barbara area to enroll simultaneously in their junior or senior high schools and at UCSB. ASAP participants are nominated by their guidance counselors for the program no later than April 1st and are admitted to the University of California with freshman standing for the following fall quarter. They have access to a range of on-campus academic resources, and they may enroll in any UCSB course for which they are qualified. ASAP students receive full university credit for each course satisfactorily completed.
Inquiries: College of Letters and Science, 805-893-3109

Summer Session

Early Start Program
Academically talented high school juniors from the Santa Barbara area are invited to enroll in two lower-division undergraduate courses for credit during the summer session. University bound students get a head start on their college careers and a taste of college life in this pre-college experience. Some financial help may be available to qualified students in the tri-county area through FOG (Faculty Outreach Grant). Students in the Los Angeles area may receive financial support through the Los Angeles Basin Initiative (LABI).
Inquiries: Summer Sessions, 805-893-2315
Web Site: website

Research Mentorship Program
This innovative summer program allows pre-college students in grades 10-12 to participate in ongoing laboratory and field-based, cutting edge research in the social, physical, and biological sciences. In this extraordinary six-week residential program, qualified students take two courses for university credit and conduct research under the tutelage of top researchers in departments as diverse as the arts and music, the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering. The student researchers learn to write a scientific paper and present their research at a public symposium at the end of the term.
Inquiries: Summer Sessions, 805-893-8950
Web Site: website

Visit the Campus

Campus Tours & Admissions Presentations
The Visitor Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., excluding major holidays. Guided campus tours are offered Monday through Friday at 12 noon and 2 p.m. The 75-90 minute walking tours include the Davidson Library, a Residence Hall, and the University Center as well as other areas of interest to prospective students and their families. Visitors also have the option to attend a one-hour admission presentation for prospective transfer applicants at 1 p.m. Reservations are not required for campus tours or admission presentations for groups of 10 or fewer people. The Visitor Center is closed on weekends, except for Saturdays in April and October (see Saturday Tours & Admissions Presentations).
Inquiries: Office of Admissions Visitor Center, 805-893-2487
Web Site: http://www.admissions.ucsb.edu/VisitUCSB.asp

Parents and Family Weekend
Every Fall, UCSB welcomes students' families -- parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents -- to explore the campus and get a firsthand look at what life is like at UCSB. Guests have the opportunity to attend classes, participate in faculty presentations, information sessions, and campus area tours, as well as meet a variety of UCSB faculty, administrators, and Chancellor Henry and Mrs. Dilling Yang.
Inquiries: Public Events, 805-893-7382
Web Site: http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/ParentsFamilyWeekend/

Saturday Tours & Admission Presentations
During the months of April and October, the Visitor Center is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. A one-hour admission presentation for prospective freshman applicants is offered at 11 a.m. and a 75-90 minute campus walking tour is offered at 12 noon. In April ONLY, an additional tour is offered for newly admitted students and their families at 11 a.m.
Inquiries: Office of Admissions Visitor Center, 805-893-2487
Web Site: http://www.admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/VisitUCSB.asp

Spring Insight Open House
Each year, our Spring Insight open house is a welcoming day on campus to inform admitted and prospective students and their families about the opportunities for academic and personal growth at UC Santa Barbara.
Inquiries: Office of Admissions Visitor Center, 805-893-4798
Web Site: http://www.admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/OpenHouse.asp#SpringInsight