What We Do
Santa Barbara City College is committed to every students' academic success. While academic success can mean many things to different people, in this site we are referring to the demonstrated knowledge and skills needed to meet local and state academic content standards.
These standards include completing courses that lead to a degree, certificate, award or transfer eligibility with a minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.0 which is a "C" average or better in all course work. These standards also include successfully earning a grade of "C" or better in each course that applies to department requirements (a.k.a. Major requirements) of a degree, certificate, or award. For students transferring to a f our-year-college or university specific courses are needed and the G.P.A. will generally be higher than a 2.0 depending on the transfer institution's standards.
Academic success also means developing and acquiring the foundational ("prerequisite") skills and knowledge that are needed to be successful in higher level courses that depend on skills and knowledge developed in other courses. Many student who attend college right out of high school or who return to college after a lengthy absence have a need for additional assistance in developing the foundational skills in either English or mathematics that are needed to succeed in other college level coursework.
We also know that there are many other factors in addition to the ability to read, write and do math that affect a student's ability to achieve academic success. These factors include time management, relationship management, money management and setting meaningful goals to name a few.
The good news is that Santa Barbara City College has many resources available to students to assure their academic success. To identify which resources will be most beneficial to you, you are invited to confer with an academic career counselor or you are welcome to research the many resources on your own. Some of these resources are listed on the left side menu of this web page. The key to your academic success will depend in large part on the degree to which you use the support services that are available.