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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.

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John Richards
Birds, Bigotry, and Grief in Four Parts — AUSB Student’s Play To Be Staged in NYC

by Jasper Henderson When John Richards sat in on Colette Freedman’s seminar on ten-minute plays, he didn’t expect that within a year he would be a working playwright with his first full-length play opening in New York City this August. In fact, he almost missed the class. It was given during the middle of his […]

Ross Brown
3 Simple Steps to Master the Rule of Show, Don’t Tell

Show, don’t tell is one of the classic adages about writing. But what does it really mean? MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media Program Director Ross Brown explains how what the character does defines them more powerfully than what they say. Show, don’t tell. It’s one of the classic adages about writing. And yet I find […]

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Antioch University Santa Barbara Named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Roll

AUSB is Honored for Excellence in Providing Students a Supportive and Smooth Transition from Community College For the second year in a row, Antioch University Santa Barbara was named to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Roll. The award recognizes colleges and universities that have developed transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among […]

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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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Coleen Goodson, February 5, 2020 An Interview with Julie Sayres, Affiliate Faculty, MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media Julie Sayres is an award-winning screenwriter whose experience includes a successful career as a writer for television series and movies. Her long list of credits speaks to her knowledge and experience in the industry and her awards […]

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Coleen Goodson

Coleen Goodson recently completed her Antioch Online BA and delved straight into the low-residency MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media at Antioch Santa Barbara. She took a moment from her busy schedule as a full-time working and family woman to detail her victories this past term and tell us more about how she was invited […]

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Emily Johnson

Missouri native Emily Johnson earned her undergraduate degree with the idea she’d make an impact in the nonprofit arts world. Instead, she bought a one-way ticket to India—a choice that led her to pursue her MBA in Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Leadership at Antioch University Santa Barbara. “I needed time to figure out how to […]