Regents Scholarship University of California established the prestigious Regents Scholarship Award in 1962 to recognize incoming undergraduates with outstanding academic achievement and promise.
At UCSB, the award is coordinated by the Office of Admissions. Currently, the award is $5,000 per year for four years for entering freshmen.
ALL REGENTS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE 2021-22 YEARS HAVE BEEN AWARDED. DECISIONS ARE FINAL. NO APPEALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
In addition to the monetary award, Regents Scholars receive:
- Priority consideration for housing in the university residence halls for the first year, priority consideration for either the university residence halls or apartments for subsequent years, and priority consideration for preferred building and room type for the duration of the Regents Scholarship. (Housing application deadlines and class level eligibility must be met.)
- Extended borrowing privileges at UC Santa Barbara’s Davidson Library to accommodate research needs
- Membership in UCSB’s Regents Scholars Association (RSA)
The Regents Scholars Association (RSA) provides:
- Academic and social programming
- Opportunities for leadership, networking, faculty interaction, and community service
The Selection Process
Regents Scholar selection committee members perform a thorough evaluation of freshman applicants to determine their academic strengths and breadth.
The admissions application is thoroughly scrutinized before a decision is made. You must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or a non-citizen student who qualifies under California Assembly Bills 130 or 131 and has exceptional academic credentials to be eligible for the Regents Scholarship.
The Regents Scholarship is only available to students who fall into one of these categories.
All freshmen enrolled at UCSB for the fall quarter have their UC Application for Admission applications reviewed for the Regents Scholarship. There is no need for more information.
Students in the top 2% of freshman applicants are normally eligible for the scholarship. March is the month when students find out if they have been accepted. The Regents Scholarship Committee’s decisions cannot be appealed or overturned. No appeals will be considered.
Maintaining Scholarship Eligibility
To remain eligible for their scholarship, Regents Scholars are required to maintain both a quarterly and cumulative GPA of 3.20. Should the cumulative GPA drop below 3.20, students are normally allowed two quarters to raise their GPA above 3.20 if it is the first occurrence.
Similarly, should the quarterly GPA fall below 3.20, students are typically allowed one quarter to raise their quarterly GPA above 3.20 for the first or second occurrence. Exceptional situations will be reviewed by a faculty committee.
In cases of marked improvement, students may be given, at the discretion of a faculty review committee, an additional quarter to make up for any deficits. Students who lose their scholarship may petition to have it reinstated.