Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Desired Start TermEarly Action DeadlineFinal DeadlineInstruction BeginsOnline Application for Domestic StudentsOnline Application for International Students (F-1 Visa)
Summer 2016March 1, 2016May 15, 2016July 5, 2016APPLYAPPLY
Fall 2016April 1, 2016August 15, 2016October 3, 2016APPLYAPPLY
Winter 2017October 1, 2016November 15, 2016January 3, 2017APPLYAPPLY

*AUSB practices rolling admission. Complete applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and admission decisions are provided promptly.  The Early Action Deadline guarantees priority consideration for specific financial aid programs and scholarships, as well as, the earliest decision notification. 

International applicants are encouraged to apply by the Early Action Deadline.

Admission Criteria:

Antioch University Santa Barbara offers a Bachelor of Arts degree completion program.  All applicants to the BA program must have completed at least 24 semester units or 36 quarter units to be eligible for admission.

Applicants coming to AUSB fulfill this requirement with:

  • College courses taken at a U.S. college or university (with a final grade of ‘C’ or better, or pass if taken as pass/no pass)
  • College Board Advanced Placement exams (a score of 3 or higher)
  • CLEP credit (a score of 50)
  • International coursework (university, college, upper-secondary/gymnasium) that is assessed to be equivalent to college credit earned at a regionally accredited U.S. college/university (with a final grade of ‘C’ or better, or pass if taken as pass/no pass) by an external transcript evaluation agency.  For more information please click here.
  • AUSB guarantees 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of lower-division transfer credit for applicants who completed upper-secondary/gymnasium in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, or Germany’s Abitur. Applicants must provide an official transcript in English, from their school to be awarded this credit. This official transcript must indicate the graduation date.

*A combined minimum of one full-time year of college credit is required; however, AUSB will transfer up to the equivalent of three full-time years (80 semester units/120 quarter units).

A complete application for the BA degree program includes:

  • Online application
  • Application fee payment or fee waiver
  • Official transcripts from all current and previously attended colleges or universities
  • High school transcript or proof of GED completion if applying with less than 90 quarter units (60 semester units) of transferable credit
  • Admission essay

  • Please send your completed essay as an email attachment (Word document or PDF) to:, with the following in the subject line: (your first and last name), BA Program.
  • The essay portion of your admission application is strongly considered and you are encouraged to follow all instructions closely.
  • Essays should demonstrate your best writing quality. It is expected that you complete this essay (including any form of editing and revisions) without the assistance of anyone else; any essay submission that does not follow this guideline is considered fraudulent.
  • In one, four-page essay, please respond to questions #1-4.  In addition to the four page essay, if your GPA is below 2.5, please provide a one page response to Question #5.
  • Essay formatting guidelines: double spaced, 12pt Times or Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins, top right header on every page (in all capital letters):  first and last name, BA PROGRAM, page number.

Essay Questions:

  1. Choosing to complete your bachelor’s degree at AUSB is a major life decision. Looking back over your life, what do you see as the major events, experiences, accomplishments, and failures that have brought you to where you are today?
  2. Successful completion of the Antioch University BA degree requires the ability to be self-motivated and engage in independent learning. Drawing from similar situations in the past, describe how you motivate yourself to learn, especially when faced with challenging material.
  3. Looking forward, describe your educational, career, and personal goals and how the completion of your bachelor’s degree at AUSB can help you accomplish those goals.
  4. Think of a time in which you faced a challenge or hardship. How did this experience shape who you are? What did you learn about yourself in that process? What were your strengths and what could you have done differently?

If your GPA is below 2.5, please respond to the following question:

  1. Discuss the factors that contributed to your current GPA and how, specifically, you will mitigate those factors to be successful in upper-division classes at Antioch University.

Phase One
An application is considered review-ready once the following are received by the Office of Admissions:

  • Admission application (including application fee or fee waiver)
  • Unofficial or official transcripts from all previously attended regionally accredited colleges/universities
  • Admission essay

Phase Two
Application undergoes a thorough review by the Admission Committee.  *Some applicants may be asked to submit additional writing samples or to participate in an interview (in-person or Skype).

Phase Three
Upon recommendation from the Admissions Committee applicant is notified via email (only) of an offer of admission.

Antioch University Santa Barbara particularly seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student population diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical differences, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, and community experiences.