Four SBCC students sitting at the West Campus fountain.

About Us

Learn about Santa Barbara City College and its community.

Vision Statement

Santa Barbara City College strives to build a socially conscious community where knowledge and respect empower individuals to transform our world.

Mission Statement

As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student . . .
Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility, and fosters opportunity for all.

Core Principles

Santa Barbara City College’s core principles guide all aspects of instruction, organization, and innovation:

  • Student-centered policies, practices, and programs
  • Participatory governance
  • A psychologically and physically supportive environment
  • Free exchange of ideas across a diversity of learners
  • The pursuit of excellence in all college endeavors.


Santa Barbara City College was established by the Santa Barbara High School District in 1909, making it one of the oldest community colleges in California. Santa Barbara City College is a comprehensive community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County. Established in 1909, SBCC is renowned one of the best community colleges in the nation. The college has a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree. Students are attracted to SBCC by virtue of its outstanding faculty, small classes, state-of-the-art facilities, student support services and incredible location.

Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 17,000 students each semester on our main campus. In addition, SBCC offers robust adult education programs through the School of Extended Learning.  SBCC was the 2013 national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

The Community

Santa Barbara is a coastal city in Santa Barbara County. Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara's climate is often described as Mediterranean. The City of Santa Barbara has a population of approximately 92,000. The contiguous urban area, which includes the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria, along with the unincorporated communities of Isla Vista, Montecito, Mission Canyon, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and others, has an approximate population of 220,000.

The Santa Barbara area is a popular tourist location. The City of Santa Barbara hosts attractive events such as Old Spanish Days and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  The economy of the region includes a large service sector, education, technology, health care, finance, agriculture, manufacturing, and local government. In particular, the Education sector Education is well represented in the region with four higher education institutions located on the south coast (the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, and Antioch University).

The region enjoys the convenience of the Santa Barbara Airport, train service provided by Amtrak, and access to highway 101. Adjacent to the city is the Los Padres National Forest, which contains several remote wilderness areas. Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are located approximately 20 miles offshore.