The purpose of Antioch University Santa Barbara is to prepare our students for professional success and service to their communities. To further these goals, Antioch’s academic experience and curriculum focus on developing critical thinking, leadership and an expansive world view as the foundation for teaching and learning in all disciplinary fields of study. Our faculty, administrators and staff strive to model and to nurture academic excellence and personal integrity based upon the basic values of ethical behavior, intellectual honesty and tolerance for the beliefs, ideas, and cultural experiences of others.
- Core Values
Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The University offers quality academic programs relevant to the needs of today’s learners and embraces experiential learning by bridging academic outcomes with the real-world experience of all members of its learning community.
Nurturing Student Achievement
The University educates the whole person by cultivating personal growth, pragmatic idealism, and the achievement of professional goals.
Supporting Scholarship and Service
The University recognizes the active engagement of faculty in student learning, scholarship, and service. As well, Antioch University values the manifold ways students and graduates creatively and deliberatively apply their learning to the common good.
A Commitment to Social Engagement
The University maintains an historic commitment to promoting social justice and the common good. Students graduate from Antioch University with a heightened sense of their power and purpose as scholars, practitioners, and global citizens.
Building and Serving Inclusive Communities
The University nurtures inclusive communities of learners, inspiring diversity of thought and action. Antioch University engages and supports the educational, cultural, and environmental vitality of the diverse regional, national, and international communities that it serves.
Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult learners of all ages. Spanning the United States, our five campuses, the university-wide Antioch Education Abroad and the PhD in Leadership and Change programs nurture in their students the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to excel as lifelong learners, democratic leaders and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
The Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) campus is located in downtown Santa Barbara, California. Our location is within walking distance of numerous restaurants, shops, and galleries. The AUSB campus is also close to Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches and mountain ranges.
Antioch Santa Barbara serves local residents as well as an increasing number of commuters from San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties who appreciate Antioch’s flexible class schedules. Antioch students have relocated from throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, South America, and Europe to Santa Barbara specifically to attend Antioch University, drawn by Antioch’s distinctive education and the community’s justly famous climate, lifestyle and amenities.
Students of Antioch University Santa Barbara are working adults who seek a new direction in their careers or the mobility provided by earning an undergraduate or graduate degree. A diverse group of men and women ranging in age from 23 to 70, they share a serious determination to change their lives. The average student is 35 years old, and over 70% receive some form of financial aid.