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UC Riverside Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

66.3%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Riverside
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionLow

Can I get into UC Riverside? The school has a 66% acceptance rate. Last year, 28,280 out of 42,629 applicants were admitted making UC Riverside a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 50 percent. University of California Riverside typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1020-1260
Applicants Submitting SAT
90%
SAT Scores for University of California Riverside
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for University of California Riverside
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1260
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Riverside?

University of California Riverside typically requires applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 90 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Riverside admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1260 and Above Good >77%
1140 to 1260 Avg + 66%-77%
1020 to 1140 Avg - 53%-66%
900 to 1020 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 900 Low <40%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
44%
ACT Scores for University of California Riverside
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for University of California Riverside
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 27
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UC Riverside?

Admission data indicates that UC Riverside regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. 44 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Riverside.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Riverside admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >77%
24 to 27 Avg + 66%-77%
21 to 24 Avg - 53%-66%
18 to 21 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 18 Low <40%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of California Riverside. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Riverside was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UC Riverside accepts 66% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of California Riverside students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 31% Good
3.50 to 3.75 33% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 24% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 11% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

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Admission Statistics

University of California Riverside admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 23,307 19,322 42,629
Accepted 16,056 12,224 28,280
Acceptance Rate 69% 63% 66%
Enrolled 3,131 2,227 5,358
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 18% 19%

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2017
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Riverside and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of California Riverside Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of California Riverside
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110671 IPEDS survey data for University of California Riverside.