Prospective Students

How to Get Here

There are several different paths to UCSB for military-related students. Veterans and Military Services can provide guidance and support to all prospective students at any point in your journey.

Here are the steps to joining our community:

1. Find Out if UCSB is the Right School for You. Take a look at the list of offered majors and graduate programs. Look at the professors in the department you are interested in to see what kind of research they are doing. 

2. Choose Your Path as a Freshman, Transfer, or Graduate Student. You can either enter UCSB as a freshman or as a junior-level transfer student. For information on undergraduate eligibility, visit our Paths to UCSB page. If you are interested in one of our graduate programs, visit our Prospective Students page for the Graduate Division.

3. Fill out your application. When you're ready, complete your application online (graduate applicants can apply here). If you missed the application deadline, please contact us because there are exceptions and you may qualify for an extension.

4. Waive the Application Fee. There are fee waivers available for individuals who meet eligibility guidelines based on household size and family income. When you apply online, you may request a review for a fee waiver in section 8 of the UC application.

For more detailed information on our admissions process, please visit the Admissions pages for undergraduates or graduates