UCSB was founded in 1909 as a small school for training public school teachers, and four years later moved to a 13 acre
(53,000 m²) campus in the Riviera area above town. By 1935, the school was called Santa Barbara State College ("SB State"). In
1944, "SB State" joined the University of California system, and upgraded its curriculum to provide Master's degrees. Ten years
later, UCSBC (as it was then called) moved to a former World War II Marine air base and began building a new campus at its
present site. In 1958, UCSBC was renamed UCSB, and steadily progressed to a nationally ranked research university that currently
offers almost 100 Bachelor's, 50 Master's and over 30 Ph.D. programs.