Student Support Services

Academic Counseling Center

(Academic planning, degree applications, educational planning)
Jennifer Hamilton, Department Chair • Academic Counselor • Assistant Professor
(805) 730-4085
ACC website

Academic Counseling

Meeting with an academic counselor each semester is essential to student success. Academic counselors are available to new-to-college students who have completed all their steps to enrollment, new transfer students, continuing and returning students.

The Academic Counseling Center provides a variety of resources to help students achieve the greatest possible benefit from their college experience. Each academic counselor is a specialist in several academic areas, and students should meet with a counselor according to the major they declare or the special program that they are part of (ie. EOPS, Raices, TA, TAP, Umoja). Counselors assist with course selection, educational planning requirements for majors, general education, graduation, or transfer to a four-year college or university. A counselor can answer questions about a course or academic requirements and serve as a valuable resource in helping students select appropriate, balanced course plans to meet degree and certificate requirements as well as lower division transfer requirements for specific transfer institutions. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor each semester. Academic Counseling Center is located in the Student Services Building. 

Academic Counselors are here to:

  • Assist students in planning and achieving their academic and career goals.
  • Develop individualized Student Educational Plans (SEP).
  • Educate students on transfer & SBCC requirements.
  • Counsel students on success strategies.
  • Conduct Class Planning sessions for new students, classroom presentations and workshops.
  • Teach Personal Development/College Success courses.
  • Refer students to University Transfer CenterCareer CenterHealth & WellnessDSPS, and other Student Resources.

Student Educational Plan (SEP)

A first semester SEP is developed in Class Planning for new to college students. A comprehensive SEP should be developed with an academic counselor during the student’s first semester at SBCC. An SEP outlines a suggested course of study for the individual student based on major, transfer plans, career goals, previous college coursework and sequence of courses. Students are encouraged to update their plan each semester or when a change is made to their major, transfer institution or other goals.

Transfer Counseling

Academic counselors provide transfer counseling for students regarding, General Education requirements (IGETC and CSU Breadth), preparation for major courses, general admissions requirements, UC TAG, the UC and CSU systems, as well as California independent and out-of-state colleges and universities.


Admissions & Records

(Application, registration, pass/no pass, transcripts, petitions, records) 
Senior Director, Angelica Contreras
(805) 730-4334
A & R Website

Admissions & Records, Room SS-110, provides information and assistance regarding applications, official college records, registration in classes, adding or dropping of classes, transcripts, petitions, residency and withdrawal from college.

Articulation with Four-Year Institutions

Laura Castro, Articulation Officer • Academic Counselor • Associate Professor
(805) 730-5184
Articulation Website

To assist the student with transfer to four-year institutions, articulation agreements have been established with most California State Universities, University of California campuses and some independent California and out-of-state colleges. These agreements define the courses at Santa Barbara City College that satisfy many lower division major requirements and/or General Education requirements at four-year institutions.

ASSIST is a computerized student transfer articulation information system. It displays reports of how California community college courses can be applied when transferred to California State Universities and University of California campuses. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities, and therefore provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available about student transfer in California.

Assessment Center
Assessment Center website

The Assessment Center is dedicated to ensuring student success by providing placement services for students seeking to enroll in English and math courses. Placement results give students information necessary to complete their educational objectives, satisfy some course prerequisites, and provide information relative to course skills advisories.

Assessment testing is no longer used for placement into English and math courses. The college uses multiple measures, including high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average to place students into English and math courses. 

Incoming credit ESL students take part in a placement process in order to determine their appropriate ESL level. Detailed information may be found by visiting the ESL Assessment website.


Ashley Farias
(805) 730-4076
Athletics Website

Santa Barbara City College is a member of the Western State Conference and the Southern California Football Association. Competition and eligibility are governed by the California Community College Athletic Association Constitution and Bylaws. Intercollegiate athletic competition is offered in the following seasons: 

Football Baseball
Women's Water Polo Softball
Women's Volleyball Women's Swimming & Diving
Women's Golf Men's Volleyball
Women's Soccer Women's Tennis
Men's Soccer Men's Tennis
Women's Basketball Women's Track & Field
Men's Basketball Men's Track & Field
Women's Beach Volleyball
Men's Golf

Questions pertaining to participation should be directed to the head coach of that sport. Head coach information can be found on each sport's individual page on the Athletics Website link above.


Basic Needs Center

Miguel Cruz
(805) 730-3067

The Basic Needs Center (BNC) aims to address food and housing insecurity and support students with financial hardships by providing students and community members with access to no cost quality food, clothing, toiletries, and other supplies. The BNC also strives to build awareness about food insecurity, healthy nutrition, CalFresh, financial aid, and other resources in a dignified and helpful environment.

  • The Food Pantry is located inside of Basic Needs Center and is open to all SBCC students, staff, and faculty experiencing food insecurity or hunger. 
  • The CalFresh Support Program is located inside of the Basic Needs Center. Students interested in applying for this state operated supplemental nutrition assistance program can make an appointment with a trained advocate who will assist them through the process and provide information about other resources available. 
  • Love's Closet is located within the Basic Needs Center and offers a wide variety of new and gently used clothing that is available to students free of charge.

Campus Safety

(Emergencies, crimes, parking, access control, escorts, impounded bikes) 
Erik Fricke
(805) 730-4064
Campus Safety Website

The Campus Safety Office is located in ECC-41 (adjacent to the Sports Pavilion). The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, phone (805) 730-4064. Campus Safety is on campus during school hours, and can be reached during non-office hours at ext. 2400. If there is an emergency, call ext. 2400 from a campus phone or (805) 730-4200 from a cell phone. The Campus Safety Office’s main responsibilities are responding to incident calls, providing escorts, issuing citations for illegally parked vehicles, and securing buildings on campus. When school is in session, the campus is patrolled by officers in designated locations to observe and report any suspicious activity.

The department works closely with the Santa Barbara Police Department and each officer has the ability to contact the police directly over their handheld radios in case of an emergency. The department has seven full-time employees and up to 25 part-time officers.

Santa Barbara City College is committed to the safety of all students, faculty and staff. In response to Assembly Bill 1088’s concern that women on American college campuses, who are 18-24 years of age, are at greater risk for becoming victims of sexual assault than women in the general population.  Information on sexual assault prevention and information on what to do if sexual assault occurs can be obtained from the college's Title lX Office as well as from the Student Health Services website, or the Sanding Together to End Sexual Assault website.

Campus Store

Paul Miller
Campus Store
(805) 730-4047
Campus Store website

The Campus Store is owned by the SBCC Community College District and all profits are directed in support of student programs and activities. We support the mission of SBCC by providing required course materials, supplies, and merchandise in cost efficient, easily accessible formats. We are committed to providing exceptional customer service and high quality products while partnering with campus constituents to achieve mutual goals. We endeavor to grow and expand future services and to operate a financially responsible business that invests back into SBCC and its continued success.

The Campus Store sells new and used textbooks, as well as offering rental and digital textbooks. We are the on-campus provider of merchandise with the SBCC logo, as well as school supplies, art supplies and gift items.

Regular semester hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. See our website ( for additional special hours.

Career Center

(Career counseling, assessment, job referral, re-entry adults, Work Experience) 
Chris Phillips
(805) 730-4131
Career Center Website

The Career Center is located in the Business Center Building, Room 221. The Career Center provides students with direct access to the college’s comprehensive business, occupational and career development programs and services. The professional staff addresses students’ unique career goals and aspirations through:

  • Comprehensive career counseling services that are available to all students.
  • Computerized career guidance programs that allow the student to determine job interests, skills and values and to develop decision-making and job search strategies.
  • Career-planning classes, workshops and seminars offered throughout the year.
  • Work experience, internships, volunteer and mentorship opportunities for students.
  • Up-to-date information on the college’s diverse array of business, occupational and career education programs/services.
  • Comprehensive job referral assistance for those students who complete occupational education certificate or degree programs. Assistance is also provided to students seeking part-time and summer employment. 

Center for Equity and Social Justice

Roxane Byrne
Campus Center - CC 228
(805) 730-4377
CESJ Website

The Center for Equity & Social Justice (CESJ) strives to provide a safe and brave space for students of color, women, LGBT+, and other historically marginalized students. In addition to providing a space for students to meet, study, and connect, the CESJ partners with various academic departments, student support programs, and community service agencies to provide lectures, workshops, discussions, film screenings, spoken word, and art exhibits that explore issues of culture, belonging, power, oppression, and injustice in our community.

Dream Center: The Dream Center is a bilingual (English/Spanish) resource for all undocumented and mixed status students in need of legal support, academic guidance, advocacy, and a space for belonging on campus.

Navigating college is a challenge for many students and undocumented students face even more complex legal, academic, career, and life hurdles.  SBCC is committed to supporting undocumented students as they develop into the next generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, scientists, artists, and leaders in our community.

Who is Eligible for Dream Center Services?
All current undocumented students enrolled in credit and non-credit classes.

Rising ScholarsThe SBCC Rising Scholars Program is open to individuals who have been formerly incarcerated.  The program offers college orientation, a college success course and events or excursions.  Rising Scholars students are invited to participate in cohort general education classes throughout the regular academic year.  The goal is to provide formerly incarcerated students a solid foundation to develop, organize, and begin their program of study and to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in other college courses while building connection and community. Eligible students receive student fee waivers, textbooks, supplies, tutoring, peer mentoring, and financial aid assistance.

The SBCC Rising Scholars Program also includes several credit Personal Development courses taught inside Santa Barbara County Jail where students can begin earning college credit and preparing to enroll on campus at Santa Barbara City College upon release.

Child Care: Orfalea Early Learning Center

(Orfalea Early Learning Center) 
Beth Rizo
365 Loma Alta
(805) 965-6883
OELC Website

Santa Barbara City College offers full-time childcare for children ages six months to when they enter kindergarten. Priority is given to full-time student parents who are income-eligible and enrolled in a vocational training program. The center also serves faculty and staff of the college if space is available. Located across the street from SBCC’s Main Campus at 365 Loma Alta Drive. Orfalea Early Learning Center is also a lab school program to meet the college’s Early Childhood Education teacher-training needs. For information about teacher-training, contact Devona Hawkins, Early Childhood Education chair, (805) 730-4173.

Clubs and Organizations

Amy Collins
(805) 730-4062
Clubs Website

Participation in campus club life is a great way to enrich your co-curricular experience at Santa Barbara City College. Clubs are organized to involve students in specialized fields of interest associated with academics, hobbies and special service to the community or college. Come to the Office of Student Life, located in the Campus Center, Room-217, to join a club or to start your own group. A Club Manual is available to assist you in having a successful club. The manual includes information about club rosters, constitutions, advisers and charters. Many past clubs have focused on career options, student diversity, sports, politics, religion, service, recreation and social events. Listed below is a sample of the clubs that are now active or have been active in the past

American Sign Language Club Anime Club
Asian Student Union Astronomy Club
Ba-Dum-Tss Stand Up Biology Club
Business and Finance Club Computer Science Club
Crochet Club Current Events Club
Environmental Integration Club Esports Club
Film Club Geology Club
Healing Hands Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Japanese Culture Club Korean Culture Club
Literary Club Men's Lacrosse Club
Philosophy Club Photography Club
Pre-Medical Club Psychology Club
Queer and Ally Club Rising Scholar Student Organization
SBCC Auto Club Sociology Club
Team Programming Club University Transfer Scholars Club
Women for Success Club Women in Business at SBCC
Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Club Women's Lacrosse Club
Yoga Club

Computer Labs

Computer Resources Website
Santa Barbara City College’s has approximately 1,800 computers available for students on Main Campus. The hours of operations vary from lab to lab, however in general open drop-in labs are available:

  • Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Hours are subject to change.

Please direct any questions you have about a specific lab to the extension provided for that lab, which is provided on the Computer Resources web page. Additionally, you will also find a list of locations where mobile printing from personal devices is available, the location of each lab, the main website for each lab, and instructions for using SBCC WiFi network on the Computer Resources page as well.  

Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS)

(805) 730-4164
DSPS Website

Santa Barbara City College welcomes students with disabilities. The college has established the office of Disability Services and Programs for Students to provide educational accommodations and support services   for students with disabilities enrolled in SBCC courses, as follows:

  • Support the participation of students with disabilities in all educational activities consistent with the mission of community colleges.

  • Determine eligibility for educational accommodations and services through the interactive process and the review of disability verification.

  • Provide educational accommodations and services such as disability-related counseling, extended time on tests, priority registration, alternate media, assistive technology, and auxiliary aides.

  • Provide reasonable educational accommodations for students with disabilities while maintaining the fundamental nature of college programs and services. 

  • Provide programs and services for students with disabilities, in compliance with laws and regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the California Community Colleges Title 5 regulations, and policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Community College District.

SBCC invites students to request educational accommodations or DSPS services by contacting the DSPS Office, Room SS-160, or by calling (805) 730-4164 (voice) or


(Career counseling, assessment, job referral, re-entry adults, Work Experience)
Chris Phillips
(805) 730-4131
Employment Website

The Career Center receives numerous job opportunities from employers in the community. The center can provide referrals for part-time or full-time jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. It also provides an online job posting service listing off-campus and on-campus student jobs. The center hosts job, internship and volunteer fairs every semester that invite local employers to campus and allows students to learn about career opportunities and to apply for job openings. Additional information on job referrals is available at the Career Center, located in the Student Services Building, Room 282, or by calling (805) 730-4131.

Enrollment and Retention Services

(Prospective student information, registration assistance, campus tours, college orientation) 
Vanessa Pelton, Director
(805) 730-4736
Enrollment Website

Enrollment and Retention Services functions as the front line connection for prospective, returning and current students, with  enrollment assistance via email, phone, chat and in-person contact. The department provides access to learning opportunities that promote student enrollment and success through a variety of outreach and orientation services including Steps to Enrollment  advising to both local and out-of-area prospective students and their families, campus tours, college fairs, application workshop and registration, welcome tables and more. Enrollment and Retention Services also hosts a variety of events for prospective students and their families.

Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS/CARE/NextUP)

(805) 730-4079
EOPS Website

EOPS is a state-funded, educational support program for financially and academically disadvantaged students who are enrolled full-time (12 or more units). The goal of the EOPS program is to provide above and beyond support services in order help students meet their educational goals, whether they seek an occupational certificate, an Associate in Arts or Science degree or transfer to a four-year university. 

EOPS Educational Support Services Include:

  • EOPS Academic Counselors provide comprehensive academic counseling including academic goal setting, career counseling and certificate, degree and transfer counseling.  EOPS students are also eligible for priority registration and are assisted through the registration process every semester.
  • EOPS Student Program Advisors provide comprehensive and wrap-around support, case management and referrals throughout an EOPS student's educational career at SBCC.
  • EOPS Peer Mentors provide a communication link between the EOPS program and the EOPS students.
  • EOPS offers various academic, career and skills-based workshops every semester.
  • EOPS offers its students a complete computer lab with access to computers and free printing.
  • EOPS provides individual assistance in completing federal/state and local financial aid and scholarship applications.
  • EOPS  provides its students with book grants, meal vouchers, school supplies, pays course field trip and honor society membership fees and provides university application fee waivers.  
  • EOPS provides English and math tutoring through the EOPS Tutorial Lab. Tutoring in other subjects or on a one-on-one basis is also provided, as needed.
  • EOPS hosts cultural events and activities for students such as the EOPS Orientation, EOPS Graduation Celebration, educational field trips and the EOPS Club.

Additional Programs within the EOPS Program Include:

CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education): Santa Barbara City College provides opportunities for low-income single parents to obtain the skills and education necessary to move from poverty to economic self-sufficiency. The goals of the CARE program are to provide incentives for individuals to minimize their welfare dependence and enhance their employability; to strengthen self-awareness and self-confidence and to provide career awareness and decision-making skills. CARE students are eligible for all EOPS support and services and in addition, may be eligible for transportation assistance, cultural events and activities geared for student parents, single parent workshops and child care assistance.

Guardian Scholars Program/NextUp!: A comprehensive support program for current and former foster youth and AB12 students. Guardian Scholar students are eligible for all EOPS support and services and additional grants, services and activities as appropriate.

Running Start: A comprehensive bridge program for eligible graduating high school seniors offers college orientation, educational field trips and a weekly stipend. Students also receive meal vouchers, priority registration, academic counseling, orientation, and other support services and complete a personal development course and one other academic course.

SPARC: (Single Parents Arriving Ready for College): A program for eligible single-parent students offers college orientation, field trips, and a weekly stipend. Students also receive meal vouchers, priority registration, academic counseling, orientation, childcare and other support services. Additionally, students are enrolled in a an academic planning class, a parenting course specific to single parent students and participate in a series of workshops aimed at building community and support.

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Children (CalWORKs)

CalWorks Website

CalWORKs is California's Welfare plan in response to the Federal TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) Program. The CalWORKs program allows participants who are receiving cash assistance to attend Santa Barbara City College (main campus or non credit) for education and training with the goal of reaching self-sufficiency and increasing wage earning power.

In addition to the services listed above, CalWORKs participants may be eligible for childcare, work study, needs based workshops, education and employment plans, transportation assistance and a cooperative relationship with the Department of Social Services. 

At Santa Barbara City College, the CalWORKs program is located in the EOPS Office (SS240).

Food Service

The health and well being of our staff members, community, faculty, and students is our top priority during this time of uncertainty considering the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Below you will find our normal operating house for our two food service venues as well as our Coffee Shops. The hours of operation may change depending on Santa Barbara County Health regulations.

For information on open venues as well as hours of operation, please visit

The College Cafeteria is located to the right of the main entrance of the Campus Center. It is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Hot meals are served daily. Excellent food and service are available at reasonable prices.

The JSB Café is located in the School of Culinary Arts Building between the Campus Center and the Campus Store. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The West Campus Snack Shop is located in the Business/Communication Building, open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday until 1:15 p.m. Additionally, students can get coffee and baked goods at the Campus Center Buzz Shack, open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and the Luria Library Café, open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The School of Culinary Arts also provides catering for on-campus events. Call (805) 897-3488 to book catering events.

Honors Program

Marc Bobro and Wendy Peters
Multimodal Lab
Honors Website

SBCC's Honors Program offers a thoughtful and interdisciplinary approach to general education. Honors students are not born; they are made when people decide they are ready to challenge themselves. Our courses triple-count: they apply to IGETC, GE and the State Certified Honors Program Certificate. Students who enroll in the Honors Program will gain the opportunity to become independent learners, participate actively in the shaping of their education, and exercise their talents while being part of a supportive, engaged community. For further information, see the Honors section of this Catalog.


Amy Collins
(805) 730-4062
Housing Website

As a service to those students living away from home, the Office of Student Life (Campus Center, Room 217) maintains listings of available rooms, apartments, and room and board options within the community (also available in the Housing website). The office also provides handouts with information on available rentals, privately owned residence halls and rental strategies. The college, however, assumes no responsibility for inspecting or supervising such housing facilities. It does support and endorse the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Injury/Accident Reporting and Insurance

(805) 730-4098
Student Health and Wellness Website

All class-related accidental injuries must be reported to the Student Health and Wellness Office, Room SS-170, within 72 hours of the incident to be eligible for college student accident insurance policy coverage. This coverage is limited to accidental injuries while participating in college classes or activities and is secondary to any other medical insurance the student may have. Coverage and limitations are outlined in a brochure available in the Student Health and Wellness Office.

Information on private medical insurance and on enrollment in Covered California and MediCal is available in the office.

Contracts with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital emergency rooms have been established to provide medical care to students at a discounted rate. The emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your student I.D. card must be presented at the time services are rendered.

International Student Support Program

(805) 730-4040
International Students Website

International students have always played an important role in the life of the college. SBCC welcomes international students and encourages them to utilize all of the services provided by the International Student Support Program staff.

The International Student Support Program strives to provide international students with an opportunity to benefit from a high-quality academic curriculum, as well as from intellectually stimulating social and recreational activities. The International Student Program consists of two programs. The English Language Studies Program (ELSP) is an intensive language program for beginning to advanced level international students who wish to improve their English skills before taking other college-level classes. The International Student Academic Program (ISAP) is open to students who are academically prepared for advanced English and regular college courses.

ISAP students may earn a two-year Associate Degree or complete their lower-division transfer requirements for four-year colleges and universities.

Housing assistance is offered to all international students. Lists of Santa Barbara area hotels and motels, student apartments, student dormitories, as well as professional host family and apartment placement services are available. All international students who have a student visa (F-1) are required to check in at the International Education Center upon arrival and to attend the mandatory arrival orientation. Student visa holders will be assisted with the processing of required documents and provided with information on upcoming international student activities and events.

Internship Referral Service

(Volunteer, paid, credit)
Career Center
(805) 730-4131
Career Center Website

Internship opportunities are available to students through the Career Center which links local employers and students. Internships are an ideal way for students to gain hands-on experience in the workplace and make valuable professional contacts while still in college. Internships are made available both through listings in the Career Center and through the online job posting service that the center sponsors. To receive college credit for internships, refer to the Work Experience section.

Cartwright Learning Resources Center

(Supplemental instruction and learning materials; Writing Center, Tutorial Center, Computer Lab and CAI classrooms) 
(805) 730-2670
CLRC Website

The Cartwright Learning Resources Center, which houses numerous learning support services, is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. online and in person, Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m online, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Computer-Assisted Instruction

The CAI Labs are classrooms with locally networked Apple computers and printers. They are primarily teaching facilities that are available to faculty by reservation only.

Computer Commons

This is a drop-in computer lab with Apple and PC computers and printers available to all SBCC students. Tutors provide friendly assistance, as well as one-on-one tutorials by appointment

Tutorial Center

The Tutorial Center, located in the Cartwright Learning Resources Center in room 118, coordinates a large number of tutorial services. Information about individual, small group tutoring and tutorial labs covering a variety of subjects is available for the general student population, as well as faculty. General tutor training registration is also accessed through this office.

TUTW NC199 Tutor Training Across the Disciplines (0 Units)

Hours: 8 (8 lecture)

An introduction to the basic principles of tutorial theory and practice, designed for students who are seeking to be tutors in the various tutoring programs at SBCC. Covers tutoring ethics and philosophy, and applying learning-centered theory to the practice of tutoring. Students learn about the cycle of tutoring, the basics of tutoring communication and strategies of tutoring students. Designed to prepare students to be peer tutors with students at all educational levels and disciplines; individually, in groups and online. Requires faculty recommendation of tutors who typically have been students in their classes. Tutors receive instruction in learning theories, communication skills, problem-solving strategies, teaching strategies, student services (to make appropriate referrals), campus policies, etc. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

Tutoring Commons

This is an open commons supporting multiple departments for small-group and individual tutorial sessions.

Writing Center

Writing center description: The Writing Center offers writing support services to all SBCC students in all subject areas. Our goal is to help students become more confident, self-directed, and informed writers so that they can achieve greater academic and professional success. The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring and a variety of helpful support materials (research, citation, grammar, etc). Tutors are available to support students both in-person and online during 45 minute sessions. Book an appointment or drop-in!

Lost and Found

Lorraine Valenzuela
(805) 730-4064

Articles found on campus and in its immediate environs are turned in to Campus Safety, Room ECC-41 (adjacent to the Sports Pavilion). Owners must appear in person to identify and claim lost items.

Luria Library

(Library usage, reference and research) 
Ellen Carey, Library Department Chair
(805) 730-4430
Library Website

The library plays a central role in the life of the campus and is visited by thousands of students a day. The Eli Luria Library embraces its slogan: Explore, Learn, Grow.  We inspire discovery by offering dynamic, innovative, and welcoming physical and virtual environments for students and faculty, and providing the resources, services, and instruction they need to achieve educational, professional, and personal growth and success. 

Professional librarians are available at all open hours for reference and research support, and to provide instruction in information competency, whether within a research workshop or one-on-one. Individual research support services are provided in-person, using chat online at the library website, or by telephone.

Access to the library catalog and information about all resources, staff, and services are available through the Library website, from on or off campus. Resources are expansive and include a print collection of over 92,000 books and over 123,500 electronic books, print periodicals, and many electronic databases representing a wide range of disciplines. Copies of most course textbooks are available for short-term use, checked out with a current campus ID.  Books and copies of articles from periodical titles not owned are available to the SBCC students, faculty, and staff via interlibrary loan.

There are many different kinds of spaces in the library to sit, study, meet with others, participate in events hosted by the library.  Many kinds of technology are available including WiFi access, desktop computers, scanners, printers, copiers. There are even portable computers for check out.

Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

Virginia Estrella
(805) 730-4792

The Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) California Community College Program (CCCP) is an academic program designed to encourage educationally and financially disadvantaged community college students to excel in math, engineering and science so they can transfer to institutions offering baccalaureate degrees in these fields. MESA CCCP centers are located on selected community college campuses throughout the state and serve over 3,000 students. The program is a collaboration between MESA and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The MESA program for Santa Barbara City College was established in 2007. Call (805) 730-4792 or visit CC-125.

Admissions and Records, Noncredit

Jeanette Chian Brooks
Schott Campus (805) 687-0812
Wake Campus (805) 964-6853
School of Extended Learning Website

Noncredit Information and Registration Offices assist students with applying and registering in noncredit courses and are located at the Schott and Wake Campuses.

Office of Student Life

(Activity Cards, Student Identification Cards, Student Senate, Campus Clubs, Housing Information) 
Amy Collins
(805) 730-4062
Student Life Website

The Office of Student Life, located in the Campus Center, Room 217, is the center of co-curricular and extracurricular student activities on campus. Its staff assists individual students and student groups in coordinating activity projects, along with providing support to SBCC’s clubs and Associated Student Government/Student Senate.

A variety of services and programs are provided by the department upon request. It is the place where students go if they need information on poster and sign-making, use of the Free Speech Area, display tables for on and off campus organizations, authorization to solicit funds on behalf of a campus club, participation in student government, student activity information, senior discount cards, housing, MTD bus pass information, and participation on college committees.

¡Raíces: First Year and Beyond!

Dr. Melissa Menendez, Faculty Lead
WCC 206+207
(805) 730-5135

¡Raíces: First Year and Beyond! celebrates our indigenous roots as the foundation of our cultural, familial and academic wealth. We commit to provide opportunities to learn from and honor this knowledge in order to manifest a deeper understanding of our community and our shared sense of identity.

Through developing curriculum and a pedagogy that affirms student voice, lived experiences and cultural histories, this program strives to co-create a space with students to become thriving scholars and advocates for themselves and their communities.

Orientation Services

Orientation Website

Orientation provides new students with information about Santa Barbara City College in order to prepare them for a successful college experience. Topics include educational programs, support services, college facilities, student life, and students’ rights and responsibilities.

All new students are strongly encouraged to participate in college orientation. However, college orientation is required of all students who have never attended college, or attended while in high school, or new transfer students, and indicated a goal of degree, certificate, transfer or basic English/math skills or and undecided educational goal on their SBCC application.

Separate from college orientation, several departments and support programs may require supplemental orientations to familiarize students with services, procedures and policies of the department or program.

Re-Entry Adult Services

(Career Center) 
Career Center Website

An increasing number of adults are attending college for the purposes of retraining, transition from home to the workplace and continuing education. Santa Barbara City College welcomes them and recognizes the wealth of experiences they bring to the college setting. It is recognized that this group has unique concerns, and the college is committed to providing services to address adult re-entry issues. 

Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Julie Samson
(805) 892-3643
Scheinfeld Center Website

The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation helps students from any academic discipline become globally competent entrepreneurs or employees using a comprehensive approach that combines academics, hands-on experience, and startup support. Students build their entrepreneurial skills and launch business ventures through our distinctive combination of academic courses, the Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge business plan and pitch competition, the Get REAL Accelerator, Scheinfeld internships, the Enlightened Entrepreneur Podcast and Speaker Series, no-cost business consulting and mentoring, networking, and funding opportunities. The Scheinfeld Center upholds inclusivity, accessibility, and diversity among students and their ventures.


Any enrolled student who needs shower access may come by the Sports Pavilion, Room 206 (aka, Towel Cage) to complete the agreement/waiver and then gain access to the showers via card control.

STEM Transfer Program (STP)

STEM Website

Educating professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas is a national priority for the United States to face the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. Examples of STEM disciplines are Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences. The STEM Transfer Program has as a priority to encourage underrepresented and financially disadvantaged students to engage in STEM areas. Participation in the STEM Transfer Program provides additional academic assistance, belonging to a community of committed students that share similar transfer goals, campus trips to universities, personalize transfer success curriculum to make informed decisions about the transfer process, referrals to academic counselors, opportunities to participate in professional conferences in STEM areas, and assistance in exploring scholarship opportunities.

STEM Transfer Program Coordinator: Virginia Estrella (805) 730-4092, Student Program Advisor: Lorena Cisneros Lopez, (805) 730-4101.

Student Health and Wellness

(Health information, illness assessment, first aid, personal counseling, and The WELL a student wellness center)
(805) 730-4098
Student Health Services Website

Student Health and Wellness promotes wellness, disease prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.

Medical Services - Same day appointments during office hours are offered with a registered nurse or a clinician for the assessment of illness conditions, health counseling and community referrals.  First aid is also available.  Limited laboratory services and prepackaged pharmacy items as prescribed by the clinician are available at a reduced cost. The Clinic is located at SS-170.

Mental Health Counseling - Student Health offers free and confidential individual and group counseling services. We offer an intake session devoted to defining personal concerns, short term counseling, and referrals. Mental health counselors also offer workshops, class presentations, and outreach with various campus programs. The Clinic is located at SS-170.

The WELL - The WELL is a wellness center and health education program that promotes student health and wellness on campus and teaches people how to live life to the fullest!  The WELL also has a student club that offers a place for friendship and community for all SBCC students.  The program hosts educational and interactive campus events, workshops, presentations and events that educate students about mental and emotional wellness, sexual health and relationships, healthy eating and active living, substance awareness and bystander intervention. The program hosts educational and interactive campus workshops, group counseling, health presentations, and events that educate students about mental and emotional wellness, sexual health and relationships, healthy eating and active living, substance awareness and bystander intervention. The WELL is located in ECC-21.

The SBCC Anchor Program - Anchor promotes alcohol and other drug related risk reduction through education and outreach on campus and within the community. It also offers confidential counseling, support, and referrals for students with substance related concerns. For students interested in smoking cessation, free nicotine replacement therapy is available.

For further information on Student Health including Medical and Counseling Services, The WELL and college health issues, appointments, or to access community resources please contact Student Health and Wellness.

Student Senate/Associated Student Government

Amy Collins
(805) 730-4062
ASG Website

All students at Santa Barbara City College are encouraged and invited to participate in the governance of the Associated Student Government. Executive board elections are held during the Spring Semester, and applications for senator positions are available through the third week of each Fall and Spring Semester.

The Student Senate consists of students representing a diverse range of SBCC academic and occupational disciplines and activity interests and, yet, they are fully committed to creating a better campus environment in which students may learn, study and come to know one another. The Associated Student Government/Student Senate plays an important role in the decision-making process at the college—while providing a wide variety of services and activities that enhance the total student experience.

Information on the Associated Student Government/Student Senate may be obtained from the Office of Student Life, Room CC-217.

Title IX and Gender Equity

Linda Esparza Dozer, Title IX and Gender Equity Coordinator
A 122
(805) 730-4303
Title IX and Gender Equity website

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Students, faculty and staff of the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from sexual misconduct and any other form of gender-based discrimination and violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others.

Santa Barbara City College does not tolerate sexual misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and sexual stalking. When an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate employee's attention and a respondent is found to have violated any sexual misconduct district policies, appropriate sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated.

Transfer Academy Program

Angela Warren, Coordinator • Counselor • Associate Professor
East Campus • Student Services Building • University Transfer Center, Room 140
(805) 730-4347 •
Transfer Academy Website

The SBCC University Transfer Academy is an award-winning support program located within the University Transfer Center. Our services are designed to guide you through the processes and courses needed to qualify for guaranteed transfer to one of the sixty-five colleges and universities by the most efficient and effective means possible.

Our Mission: The mission of the SBCC University Transfer Academy is to build and cultivate a transfer-receptive culture by providing comprehensive support services to empower, inform, and educate students seeking to transfer to a four-year institution. The University Transfer Academy team is committed to providing quality, holistic professional services that are responsive to students’ individual needs.  Our goal is to increase visibility, awareness of services, access to transfer information, build partnerships, and, most importantly, prepare students to transfer to both public and private baccalaureate-granting educational institutions.

The University Transfer Academy Program: As one of the leading community colleges in California - and the nation - Santa Barbara City College is known for its excellent transfer rates to four-year colleges and universities. The cornerstone of this reputation is a college-wide commitment to ensuring that you are provided every opportunity to succeed academically and personally by offering you excellent teaching and support services through partnerships with four-year institutions, a highly transferable curriculum, and a comprehensive University Transfer Center.

The University Transfer Academy Program assures you of timely transfer to the prestigious University of California System; ranked among the top teaching and research institutions in the United States. UC Santa Barbara leads all campuses with the most SBCC transfer students, who make up about 1/3 of their transfer pool. California State University Channel Islands is one of the 23 CSUs that are served by the Transfer Academy. The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education and is the largest, most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. Lastly, Antioch University, a private institution in Santa Barbara, offers a unique education that integrates theory and practice. To participate, students must apply to the University Transfer Academy Program. The application will serve as a statement of intent to meet the requirements for one or more TAGs.

Note: Participation in the University Transfer Academy Program is voluntary and not required to obtain a TAG from the universities. Any SBCC student who meets TAG requirements and deadlines for the specific university can qualify for a TAG.

University Transfer Center (UTC)

Providing transfer assistance to four-year colleges and universities 
Angela M Warren, Interim Director University Transfer Center
(805) 730-4347 •
University Transfer Center Website

Transferring to a four-year university takes careful planning and selection of courses.
The SBCC University Transfer Center (UTC) is dedicated to facilitating a seamless transition to your preferred transfer institution. The UTC serves as a gateway and provides comprehensive services and resources to enhance awareness of and access to transfer information and processes. The UTC offers support and advocacy to promote transfer students’ progression toward transfer and improve student success. Through collaboration with campus and external partners, the Center strives to provide the tools and knowledge that are essential to empower transfer students towards increased retention and enhancing their ability to transfer from SBCC to four-year colleges and universities.

The UTC staff will serve as a resource to all transfer students, with a particular emphasis on prospective and newly enrolled students, and a resource to faculty, staff, and the community at large. The University Transfer Center will lead initiatives that facilitate the unique transition issues between feeder institutions and UCSB.
The University Transfer Center is home to two award-winning programs. The University Transfer Academy (UTA) serves students interested in the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) programs offered by most University of California campuses, California State University campuses, and other private and out-of-state universities. 
The Transfer Achievement Program (TAP) is designed to assist ethnically underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students who have a goal of transfer. Students must join the programs to
Transfer resource information can be found on the UTC webpage or by visiting the Center. For questions, please feel free to email or call us at (805) 730-4347.


Lelia Richardson
CC 228A
(805) 730-4375
UMOJA Website

Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other historically minoritized students. Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a center based support program, curriculum, and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas.

Veterans Support and Resource Center

(V.A. benefits information, course/program certification)
Kyle Rasmussen
ECOC-1, Room 2
(805) 730-4003
Veterans Support Website

Santa Barbara City College is fully prepared to assist veterans in securing their educational benefits. The Veterans Support & Resource Center and Lounge are located in ECOC Building 1, Room 2. Our comprehensive website and packet provides information on eligibility, application procedures and special assistance. 

Any coursework or college credit undertaken by active duty personnel, veterans and qualified dependents at an accredited institution of higher education, and officially recorded on an educational transcript, shall be reviewed and evaluated by Santa Barbara City College, and appropriate credit value given toward an Associate Degree, Certificate of Achievement, or other applicable goal in higher education. Both the student and the Veterans Administration are notified of previous credit accepted toward the current goal.

Veterans and dependents of veterans may be eligible to receive a monthly check depending on the program that they qualify for: Veterans Educational Benefits, Post–9/11 G.I. Bill® (Chapter 33), Montgomery G.I. Bill® Chapter 30, 31 VA Vocational Rehabilitation, 1606, 1607 (REAP) and/or Dependent’s Educational Assistance Program Chapter 35 of the U.S. Code. The Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office can inform you of your eligibility at (888) 442-4551.  For more information, visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

New students should contact the Veterans Support and Resource Center at least two months prior to the term they plan to attend to initiate required paperwork. Continuing students also should check in at the VSPRC at least two months prior to the next term of attendance to complete any paperwork that might be required for continuous VA payment.

A maximum of twenty-four (24) credits may be granted to active duty service members and veterans for military service based on A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. After enrolling at Santa Barbara City College, an honorably discharged veteran or an active duty service member who has served on active duty a minimum of 180 days may apply for evaluation of military service experience for college credit. At a minimum, credit will be applied towards the PE requirement for the SBCC Associate Degree (Area E-3) based on official discharge documents (DD-214 or DD-295) or official military experience transcripts recognized by the American Council on Education (e.g., AARTS, SMART) and completion of fifteen (15) units at Santa Barbara City College. A copy of the veteran’s DD-214 separation form and/or official military experience transcripts and an SBCC Alternate Credit Petition form must be submitted to the Transcript Evaluations Office. Credit granted for military service is based on A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. A maximum of 12 elective credits will be granted for selected DANTES (DSST) subject standardized tests. A minimum score of 50 is required.

Veterans’ priority registration is available to veterans (any member or former member of the armed forces of the United States of America) within five years of leaving active duty, including, but not necessarily limited to, any student who is called to active military duty compelling the student to take an academic leave of absence. For additional information on veterans priority registration, contact SBCC Admissions & Records.

The spouse and children of U.S. veterans meeting the eligibility criteria may have their fees waived if they attend a California Community College, a California State University, or University of California campus. For eligibility requirements, contact the Santa Barbara Veterans County Service Office at (805) 681-4500 or the veterans county service officer in your county.

Veterans’ Benefits

As part of the Veterans Benefits and Transitions Act of 2018, section 3679 of title 38, United States Code was amended to include the following provisions, effective August 1, 2019, which Santa Barbara City College fully complies with.
These provisions apply to covered individuals. A “covered individual” is any person who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.
Santa Barbara City College permits any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33. A certificate of eligibility can also include a statement of benefits obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  1. The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution.

  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

Santa Barbara City College does not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from the VA under chapter 31 or 33. 
Questions about these provisions can be directed to the Veterans Support and Resource Center at Santa Barbara City College.


Volunteer Opportunities

Career Counselors
(805) 730-4131
Volunteer Opportunities website

The Santa Barbara City College Career Center offers volunteer opportunities for students interested in community service, career exploration and personal growth. It provides an online job posting service listing volunteer opportunities and sponsors fairs every semester that invite local employers to campus allowing students to apply for openings. To receive college credit for volunteer experience, refer to the Work Experience section of this Catalog. Students may also participate in one-time events, such as yearly festivals, educational camps, or special cleanup projects.

The program is committed to helping students gain easy access to volunteer opportunities in the community. Additional information about volunteer opportunities is available at the Career Center.