Explore Santa Barbara Hillel

Located on the beach in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Santa Barbara Hillel is a vibrant hub of Jewish student life featuring one of the strongest Birthright Israel programs in the nation. Noted for its relaxed, fun atmosphere and strong academics, UC Santa Barbara is ranked as a "top 5 public university" in the country. UCSB has a thriving Jewish life, with the highest percentage of Jewish students and the most Jewish undergrads in the entire UC system. Santa Barbara Hillel enables students to connect with one another in a Jewish environment at their Jewish Home Away From Home. We offer a safe, welcoming, and pluralistic presence as a vibrant center of student life in Isla Vista. Santa Barbara Hillel is proactive in standing up for our students, building bridges, and fostering a positive campus climate. We are uniquely positioned to reach students at this formative time in their lives by providing them the tools they need as they create the Jewish future.

This Hillel serves: University of California, Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara City College

Undergraduate Enrollment

3,000 Jewish Students (12.8%*)
23,460 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

450 Jewish Students (15.2%*)
2,955 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator Yes
  • Kosher Food Available No
  • Birthright Israel Participation Yes
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor
  • Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program, University approved programs, Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
  • Israel Fellow No
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Religious Services

Weekly student-led Friday night Shabbat services and dinner

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Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Public
  • Acceptance Rate 30%
  • U.S. Region Pacific
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $11,442
  • Tuition Out-of-State $45,096
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 11% / 12%
  • Greek Life Yes

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781 Embarcadero Del Mar
Isla Vista CA 93117 US
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