Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, CA 93109
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Santa Barbara City College is one of the one hundred three public 2-year colleges in California. The campus is located in an urban area, in Santa Barbara.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 16,385 students attend the school. Every year 35% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Santa Barbara City College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $1,288, and fees were $86. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $8,240 and $86 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students16,385
Student to Faculty Ratio27:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate60%

Nursing Programs

The Santa Barbara City College Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The program is a three-semester program intended to qualify students to function as Licensed Vocational Nurses in a variety of clinical settings.  

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Achievement and are eligible to apply to sit for the licensure examination to practice as a licensed vocational nurse.  

Students can go on to earn the Associate in Science Degree in Vocational Nursing by completing the Certificate of Achievement as well as college requirements which include at least 18 units of General Education coursework.

Admission Requirements:

  1. High school diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  2. A minimum grade of ‘C’ in pre-requisite courses
  3. CNA certification or if expired recent CAN experience

Applications are accepted year round.

Accepted applicants will be required to submit a current CPR certification to be maintained throughout the program, pay for the malpractice insurance fee maintained by the  and attend the orientation program meeting.

Successful applicants must complete the SBCC School of Nursing physical examination and proof of immunization within the 19 months of enrollment.


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 1 16
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 2 27
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 97%
  • NCLEX-RN: 94%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1952 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1969 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$46/credit
In State Students$46/credit
Out of State Students$266/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $2,070 $2,070 $11,970
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $18,620
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $33,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 40% of Santa Barbara City College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 21% $4,466
Other Federal Grant 4% $467
State Grant & Scholarships 32% $1,715
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 15% $1,042
Federal Student Loans 10% $5,419
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,469
$30,001 to $48,000$7,956
$48,001 to $75,000$8,231
$75,001 to $110,000$8,352
Over $110,000$10,368

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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