Department Ratings & Rankings

Department of Communication Ranked in the Top Five in the World and #4 in the US in 2022

In the 2022 ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS), the Department of Communication is ranked globally #3 in research quality, #5 in research output, and #5 in international academic awards. For other UCSB departments ranked in the top 10 of various specialty areas, see the UCSB press release at The index of international academic awards is based on the Academic Excellence Survey (AES) conducted by ShanghaiRanking. Hailing from 110 institutions and 18 countries/regions, and covering 64 subjects, 1,424 professors from top world universities participated in the survey. More than 1,800 out of 5,000 universities across 96 countries and regions are listed in the GRAS 2022.


UC Santa Barbara a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution

In 2015, UCSB was designated both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), by the US Department of Education, reflecting our undergraduate enrollment of Latinx/Chicanx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students. UCSB was the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) to become an HSI.

UC Santa Barbara Ranked 7th Best Public University in the U.S. in 2020

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 listing ranks UC Santa Barbara No. 7 among the country’s top public universities. Among “Best National Universities,” which includes both public and private institutions, UC Santa Barbara placed No. 34.  Click here for the full UCSB press release.

Department of Communication Ranked #6 in the World in 2020

The 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks the UCSB Department of Communication #6 out of 300. This overall ranking is based on several criteria, including publications, citation impact, international collaboration, papers published in top journals, and significant awards.  UCSB is the only California university in the top 20 in this field.

UCSB Has One of the Best Communication Programs in the Country, According to @CollegeFactual Rankings

UCSB has one of the best Communication programs in the country, according to @CollegeFactual rankings. The program at UCSB was ranked #13 out of 524 colleges and universities, making it one of the top schools for Communication students in the country. This puts the school’s program in the Top 5% of all communication programs in the United States. UCSB has achieved this ranking 2 years in a row. UCSB’s communication program has also been ranked #3 out of 36 colleges in the state of California. This puts the communication program at UCSB in the top 10% of all programs in the state. UCSB improved its position 1 slot over the previous year’s ranking of 4. For the full report, click here.

UC Santa Barbara Highly Ranked on Multiple Dimensions in 2018

Over the last year, UCSB has scored among the best of the best on a host of university and college rankings, from Leiden to Net Impact to the Sierra Club to U.S. News & World Report.. 

Department of Communication Ranks Second in Doctoral Programs Based on Citations per Faculty Publications

The Department of Communication ranked second in a recent study of combined number of citations to publications written by faculty members who were included in the Web of Knowledge.  The analysis, conducted in February and March of 2010, was based on the combined total of the number of citations for each faculty member across all publications.  The average number of citations per faculty member at UCSB is 442 for 947 publications for the 16 faculty members.  Sixty universities were included in the study.

The study appeared in The Electronic Journal of Communication, Volume 22 (1 & 2), 2012.