Who's new: Introducing our 2019 incoming graduate student cohort

by Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Friday, September 13, 2019 9:21 AM

UC Santa Barbara welcomes 852 new graduate students ​to campus ​at the end of this month. This group of grad students is the most diverse incoming cohort in UCSB history! We break down ​some statistics on ​this great group and give you a sneak peek at our upcoming series profiling eight of our new student​s.

Most incoming graduate students are between the ages of 22 and 30, but our youngest incoming student is 19 years old and our oldest is 60 years old. Seventeen percent are first-generation college students. This incoming class of grad students is the most racially and ethnically diverse to ever enter UCSB. Below is a breakdown of incoming students based on the race or ethnicity that they identify with. While about 45% of incoming students identify as ​White, a large percentage of our new students identify as Chinese/Chinese American, East Indian/Pakistani, and Chicano/Mexican American.

Our new graduate students are coming from 53 different countries – from China to ​Chile, ​India to Iran, Mexico to Malaysia – representing nearly every continent. In fact, roughly one-third of incoming students (265, to be exact) are coming from places outside the country. Our U.S. students hail from 45 of the 50 states, but 42% of them are California residents.

The most popular disciplines that our new graduate students have chosen are Environmental Science and Management (103 new students), the Teacher Education Program (77 new students), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (75 new students). In general, 69% of incoming students are in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and 31% of students are in SHEF fields (Social Science, Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts).

We asked several of our new grad students to tell us more about themselves, including what degrees they will be pursuing, what they are looking forward to ​in graduate school, and ​what are some surprising facts about them. Starting next week, we will publish one profile per day up to the first day of classes to celebrate our incoming grads. 

Stay tuned to learn more!

Los Angeles, California Newcastle, Washington San Diego, California Delhi, India
Chicana/o Studies Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology  Mechanical Engineering
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Genonva, Italy
Chapel Hill, North Carolina ​Los Angeles, CA ​Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan​
Music  ​English  

​​Technology Management Program
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Welcome to all of our amazing grads!