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Celebrating 40 Years in Santa Barbara

At Antioch University Santa Barbara, we strive to prepare students for professional success and service to their communities. We focus on developing students of all ages and backgrounds into leaders and critical thinkers who solve the challenges we face today as a society. In 2017, we celebrated 40-years of being a Santa Barbara institution and part of a dynamic and diverse community.

Antioch University Santa Barbara is a private, not-for-profit institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We’re proud to have had continuous accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.

Recent News


An “Odyssey” Student Success Profile: Susie Halsell on skateboarding for improving the lives of Bangladeshi street children

Antioch Santa Barbara alumna and founder of Bangladesh Street Kids Aid (BSKA) Susie Halsell went to Bangladesh for the first time in 2007, soon after graduating from high school. She had a desire to help people in need, but no clear idea about how she would do so. There, she was shocked at the poverty […]

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MFA Program Hosts Winter Residency and Inaugural Commencement

The MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media program held its winter residency December 9 through December 15, 2018. Twice a year MFA students meet on the Santa Barbara campus for a 7-day residency where they participate in seminars, panels, and Q & As taught by faculty members and guest presenters. Students also attend meetings and […]

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Antioch in the Galapagos Islands

Professor and Chair of the Undergraduate Studies program at Antioch University Santa Barbara Dawn A. Murray, PhD, led an eco-cultural trip to the Galapagos Islands in December 2018. Murray is a marine biologist and a board member of The Tribal Trust Foundation, preserving global indigenous cultures. She has studied deep-sea jellies and the effects of […]

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Progressive Degrees Inspiring Action

In an effort to bestow upon students the skills necessary to advance social, economic, and environmental justice, AUSB offers a wide array of degrees in a variety of fields. Find an inspiring degree today, and begin your pursuit of a successful career and meaningful life. Discover AUSB.

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Student and Alumni Stories


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Dan La Berge

MBA student takes family business to next level Dan La Berge had lived in the for-profit world for his entire career until a back injury took him out of it for three years. His path back to work ultimately led to Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MBA program, which interested him because of its focus on […]

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Betty Purify

Purify Uses Spirituality To Help Now a great-grandmother, Betty Purify’s goal since she was 13 years old has always been to help people. She and her husband, Pastor Gerald Purify, have shared that mission for 40 years, providing counseling for youth, seniors and prison populations – among others. It was this shared mission that ultimately […]

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La-Tonia Willis

La-Tonia Willis settled herself on Antioch University Santa Barbara’s (AUSB) campus patio, perfectly tempered by sunlight beaming down on her. She looked around to admire her new school. “AUSB has such a great campus,” exclaimed Willis. “The program itself feels like a university and the physical property of the campus is just an added treat.” Willis […]