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Bren: A Highly Ranked School in a Superb System

As a student at the Bren School, you will have access to the rich resources of the entire UC Santa Barbara academic enterprise while studying within the University of California, the nation’s top-ranked public university system. Here are a few noteworthy facts about the Bren School and UC Santa Barbara.

Bren School Highlights

  • The school is home to a superb faculty of men and women who are at the top of their field in a broad range of disciplines, from the natural sciences to economics, policy, and law.
  • Nearly all Bren alumni are employed in their chosen field within six months of graduating.
    Question and answer session with students
    A Bren student moderates a public forum on the Ballona wetlands in Los Angeles.
  • Bren Hall, the only double LEED Platinum building anywhere, serves as a living laboratory for sustainable design, construction, and operation.
  • Bren is the only graduate school of environmental science & management where every student participates in a year-long real-world experience – the Group Project collaboration – as the capstone of the master's program.
  • Bren is the only graduate school of environmental science & management in the western United States, and the only one in the nation, that was purpose-built for the pursuit of leading-edge environmental knowledge and the education and training of environmental professionals.
  • The school is located across the street from the Pacific Ocean, a resource for study and leisure and a source of inspiration in a state that continues its long tradition of providing environmental vision and leadership for the nation and the world.


Highlights: University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Home to five individual and joint winners of the Nobel Prize, and several others (one at the Bren School) who, as members of the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change, shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and hundreds of their IPCC colleagues.

  • Ranked 1st in the nation in terms of the impact of its research in the Ecology/Environment category, according to Science Watch magazine.

  • Winner of a National Wildlife Federation Chill Out award for innovations in global warming solutions.
  • Ranked 2nd among American public research universities by the Graham-Diamond report.

  • Ranked 6th in science and 7th in social science in the indexed rankings of the public institutions among the “Fifty Leading Public and Private Universities" (Graham-Diamond).

  • One of only 62 institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to be elected as a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities.

  • World-renowned for encouraging and facilitating educational and research collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries, giving students the opportunity for a deeper, broader, and richer academic experience.