Antioch University Santa Barbara

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Antioch University Santa Barbara
Established 1977 [1]
Type Private
President Nancy Leffert Ph. D.
Academic staff 117 [2]
Students under 400
Location Santa Barbara, California, United States
Campus urban

Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) is a private liberal arts university in Santa Barbara, California. It is part of the Antioch University system that includes campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles, California; and Yellow Springs, Ohio, also home to Antioch College. Antioch University has operated in Santa Barbara since 1977.


Antioch College was established in 1852 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Horace Mann, educator, social reformer, abolitionist, and one of the creators of the US public school system was its first president. Mann's goal, which he achieved, was to create a university that would be nonsectarian, coeducational, and that did not utilize a conventional grading system. In 1863, Antioch approved a policy that no applicant was to be rejected on the basis of race. It was also among the first colleges to offer the same curriculum to men and women students.[3]

In 1963 the College began to expand out-of-state. A network of schools was begun. In 1977 Antioch College renamed itself Antioch University and opened the Santa Barbara campus that year.[3]


Degree programs include the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Liberal Studies for transfer and returning students. "Adult students engage in a wide range of learning activities" with academic work taking place in various environments including on-campus classes, schools, health agencies, art organizations, businesses, and other community settings.[4] There are seven major concentrations available in the BA completion program: Applied Psychology; Business Management and Leadership; Child Development and Education; Communication and Media; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Studies; and Liberal Arts. In addition, the university offers several acclaimed graduate-level programs in Business, Education, and Psychology. Its newest advanced degree program is the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership, launching in Fall 2013, which is designed for aspiring social entrepreneurs, non-profit staff, and professionals at companies concerned about corporate responsibility and community engagement. This is a low-residency, hybrid program convenient for busy schedules that meets one weekend per month for 16 months, with online courses in between. AUSB offers a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) or the more streamlined Master of Education (MEd), with additional course work for Teacher Credential Program, a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, a Social Justice and Educational Leadership Emphasis, EducationalSpecialist Mild/ModerateCredential, and Educational Specialist Mild/Moderate Curriculum Design.[4] The university has long had an excellent reputation for its Clinical Psychology degree programs, the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Students in the Master’s program may choose a general focus, or select one of two optional concentrations in Healthy Aging or Latino Mental Health, in order to serve two growing populations in need of support. In the future, AUSB is planning for a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing for Visual Media program, focusing on screenplay writing, playwriting, creativewriting, and creative non-fiction.[4]  The university’s first annual Summer Writing Institute launches in 2013, featuring one week of intensive workshops with leading authors in Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, and Writing for Young People. It is open to any writer who applies and is accepted. In addition, the university also offers a 10-month, low-residency Women and Leadership Certificate Program (starting late Fall 2013). The curriculum will address the principles & practice of values-based leadership and gender in business, public/political, and non-profit venues. Participants will meet on-campus three weekends, at the beginning, middle, and end of the program, with online instruction and a leadership project throughout. 


Students are primarily adults who are either returning to school or who are planning for career change. University policy states that it seeks "qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student body diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical differences, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, and community experiences." [5] The average student age is 35. More than 70% receive some form of financial aid.[6] The University partners with AmeriCorps by matching up to $5,000 with its Segal Education Scholarship for service as an AmeriCorps graduate.[7]


There are more than 100 core and adjunct members of the faculty. Many work part-time for the university and spend the majority of their time working in their fields and professions.[8]


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  2. ^ Antioch University Santa Barbara General Catalog 2007-2009. Pages 105-108 [1]
  3. ^ a b "The Antioch Story," AUSB General Catalog 2007-2009. Pages 2-3
  4. ^ a b c AUSB General Catalog 2012-2013
  5. ^ AUSB General Catalog 2007-2009 Admissions
  6. ^ Campus Information
  7. ^ “Institutions that Match the Education Award,” AmeriCorps, Corporation for National and Community Service [2]
  8. ^ AUSB Faculty

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Coordinates: 34°25′23″N 119°41′46″W / 34.42295°N 119.69599°W / 34.42295; -119.69599