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UCSB Admission Chances


Acceptance Rate

32.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Santa Barbara
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into UCSB? The school has a 33% acceptance rate. Last year, 23,026 out of 70,536 applicants were admitted making UCSB a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. University of California Santa Barbara typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1160-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
86%
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1160
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1400
SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1160 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 1040. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 86 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 Santa Barbara admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1400 and Above Good >46%
1280 to 1400 Avg + 33%-46%
1160 to 1280 Avg - 22%-33%
1040 to 1160 Reach 15%-22%
Less than 1040 Low <15%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
54%
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 31
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that UCSB regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Santa Barbara.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Santa Barbara admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >48%
28 to 31 Avg + 33%-48%
26 to 28 Avg - 24%-33%
24 to 26 Reach 17%-24%
Less than 24 Low <17%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.96
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of California Santa Barbara. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Santa Barbara was 3.96 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCSB will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of California Santa Barbara students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 81% Good
3.50 to 3.75 14% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 1% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 0% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Reach

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Admission Statistics

University of California Santa Barbara admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 37,662 32,874 70,536
Accepted 13,168 9,858 23,026
Acceptance Rate 35% 30% 33%
Enrolled 2,492 1,981 4,473
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 20% 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 Santa Barbara and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of California Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara
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=110705 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Barbara.