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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||580|
|SAT Math 25th||580|
|SAT Composite 25th||1160|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||690|
|SAT Math 75th||730|
|SAT Composite 75th||1400|
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.
|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 Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||26|
|ACT Math 25th||26|
|ACT Composite 25th||26|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||33|
|ACT Math 75th||32|
|ACT Composite 75th||31|
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.
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||19%||20%||19%|
The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2017.
What are the requirements for admission to University of California Santa Barbara and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.