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UCSB Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

35.8%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Santa Barbara
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into UCSB? The school has a 36% acceptance rate. Last year, 27,581 out of 77,112 applicants were admitted making UCSB a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent. University of California Santa Barbara typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1190-1440
Applicants Submitting SAT
81%
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1190
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1440
SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of California Santa Barbara typically requires applicants to be in the top 26 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1190 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 1065. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1315 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 81 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
1440 and Above Good >49%
1315 to 1440 Avg + 36%-49%
1190 to 1315 Avg - 25%-36%
1065 to 1190 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 1065 Low <16%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
27-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
55%
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 32
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 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. 55 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
32 and Above Good >52%
29 to 32 Avg + 36%-52%
27 to 29 Avg - 27%-36%
25 to 27 Reach 19%-27%
Less than 25 Low <19%

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 N/A% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

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Admission Statistics

University of California Santa Barbara admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 41,365 35,747 77,112
Accepted 16,197 11,384 27,581
Acceptance Rate 39% 32% 36%
Enrolled 2,873 2,123 4,996
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 19% 18%

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.