Sometimes called America's Riviera, Santa Barbara is known as one of the loveliest towns in America. It does not boast "must-see" tourist attractions, but offers natural beauty, red-tiled roof architecture, one of the most desirable climates in the world, and a certain je ne sais quoi. Santa Barbarans enjoy the majestic beauty of the sloping foothills of the Santa Ynez mountains, palm-lined white-sand beaches, and its distinctive Spanish-Mediterranean architecture.

The Santa Barbara Mission, founded in 1786, is the tenth of 21 Franciscan missions in California and is the only one in constant operation by the Franciscan Order since its founding. The mission is the grandest established by the Spanish and is often called the "Queen of Missions". The thriving Santa Barbara art community offers galleries, museums, a symphony, and theater. In summer, the Music Academy of the West features a concert series open to the public. Just a short drive away lies the Santa Inez Valley, home to more than 30 wineries.

In June, the average maximum daily temperature is 74 deg F (23 deg C), but evenings can be cool; the average minimum 56 deg F (13 deg C). Bring a sweater or light jacket.

UCSB Campus Tours

Campus Walking Tours are available Monday-Friday starting at the UCSB Visitor Center. Individuals may choose to take part in a 90-minute information Prospective Freshman Admission Presentations or Prospective Transfer Advising Session before the walking tour. Registration is required for the presentations.

Please  contact the Office of Admissions at 805-893-2881 or drop by the visitor's center Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm for further details. For directions and parking information, visit the Maps and Directions page.

Department of Statistics & Applied Probability

The Department of Statistics & Applied Probability is located in South Hall, right between the Visitor's Center and the UCen. Our administrative offices are on the fifth floor, South Hall 5607A.

Santa Barbara and Local Information


(connects SB and LAX, Los Angeles International Airport)
Santa Barbara Airport Information

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