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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.
  • Bren faculty members are among the leaders in their fields. They are also highly accessible and student-oriented, ensuring that PhD students receive the best possible mentoring.
  • Bren Hall, the first laboratory building in the United States to achieve LEED Platinum status from the U.S. Green Building Council, serves as a living laboratory for sustainable design, construction, and operation.

  • 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 science 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 is continuing 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 student pouring liquid into a beakerIntergovernmental 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.

  • 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.