Academic Programs

In collaboration with faculty and staff from across campus, the College of Letters and Science offer programs that focus on academic and professional experiences that will help undergraduate students succeed at UCSB and beyond.  

Whether you are a new student just beginning to explore the opportunities available at UCSB, a continuing student working on your major and completing other requirements, or a senior getting close to graduation, the programs listed below could help you make the most of your time at UC Santa Barbara.  Please check out the opportunities below, and if you have any questions about them, come to the College of Letters and Science Advsing Office in 1117 Cheadle Hall.

Transfer Student Initiatives

Undergraduate Education collaborates with the Transfer Student Center to offer a variety of programming of interest to transfer students, such as the STEM Transfer Summer Start Program.

Freshman Seminars

UCSB offers an exciting educational opportunity for members of the freshman class—Freshman Seminars. These small group courses each have a maximum of twenty students. They are taught by distinguished faculty who have chosen to work beyond their normal academic loads in order to meet and influence students early in their university careers. Freshman seminars are open to all eligible freshman students from any campus college or major.

University of California Washington Program (UCDC)

The University of California Washington Program (UCDC) provides UCSB students with a unique opportunity to live, intern, and study in our nation’s political and cultural epicenter, Washington, D.C.

University of California Center in Sacramento (UCCS)

The University of California Center in Sacramento (UCCS) provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for UCSB students. Participating students not only engage in stimulating internships and coursework, but also have the opportunity to observe public policy processes firsthand in our state's capital.


UCSB’s Pre-Law Advising program is designed to help students in planning a path to law school.

Health Sciences

The mission of Health Professions Advising is to provide information to students who are preparing for careers in the health professions.

Scholarships & Awards

Outstanding UCSB undergraduate students may research Scholarships Requiring UCSB Endorsement, a repository of prestigious national and international scholarship opportunities.