How to Apply to CCS

The CCS application for Fall 2021 is NOW CLOSED for incoming first-year and transfer applicants, as well as currently enrolled UCSB students. The 2022 CCS application will open on November 1, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to begin preparations for their applications using the guidelines below, both for the college and the individual major's requirements.

While CCS continues to have a rolling application, the priority deadline for incoming students to apply and be considered in the first wave of applicants is December 28th, 2021 for most CCS majors. Incoming new students can continue to apply after the priority deadline for Fall 2022 CCS Admission, but might not have a decision from CCS on the mid-March UCSB Decision Day. 


Applying to CCS is a two-step process:

Step 1: Apply to UCSB

If you are not currently enrolled at UCSB and have not already applied, then you will first need to submit the UC Undergraduate Application for UCSB, the standard form used to apply to any University of California campus. You will be asked to include your UC application ID in your CCS application.

Please note: When selecting two majors for admission on your UC Application, you must include your preferred CCS major as one of your selections.


Step 2: Apply to CCS

There is no charge for applying to the College of Creative Studies. (It's free!)

Applicants new to UCSB for Fall 2022 may submit the supplemental CCS application any time after completing and submitting the UC Application. Applicants may apply to only one CCS major at a time. 

While CCS continues to have a rolling application, the priority deadline for incoming students to apply and be considered in the first wave of applicants is December 28th, 2021 for most CCS majors.

Please note:

  • An application is not considered complete until ALL required materials have been submitted, including letters of recommendation.
  • CCS majors do not all have the same application requirements. Carefully review your chosen major section below. If you have questions after reviewing your chosen major's requirements, please email


Standardized test policy:

The University of California does not use SAT and ACT scores in making Admissions decisions. In accordance with this ruling, CCS will not accept SAT, SAT Subject Exams, or ACT scores in our supplementary application. AP/IB scores may still be requested as noted by majors below.