Chances of getting into University of California Irvine
|Admission Standards||Very High|
How hard is it to get into UCI and can I get accepted? The school has a 37% acceptance rate ranking it #19 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 31,063 out of 85,092 applicants were admitted making UCI a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent. University of California Irvine typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.
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UCI SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT86%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||630|
|SAT Math 25th||610|
|SAT Composite 25th||1240|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||680|
|SAT Math 75th||730|
|SAT Composite 75th||1410|
|Average SAT Score||1330|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Irvine?
University of California Irvine typically requires applicants to be in the top 19 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1240 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 1150. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. The school ranks #21 in California for highest average SAT composite score. 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|
|1410 and Above||Good||>50%|
|1325 to 1410||Avg +||37%-50%|
|1240 to 1325||Avg -||26%-37%|
|1155 to 1240||Reach||17%-26%|
|Less than 1155||Low||<17%|
UCI ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT50%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||23|
|ACT Math 25th||25|
|ACT Composite 25th||25|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||30|
|ACT Math 75th||31|
|ACT Composite 75th||32|
|Average ACT Score||28|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UCI?
Admission data indicates that UCI regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 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 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #17 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Irvine.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|32 and Above||Good||>52%|
|28 to 32||Avg +||37%-52%|
|25 to 28||Avg -||27%-37%|
|22 to 25||Reach||19%-27%|
|Less than 22||Low||<19%|
Avg. High School GPA3.92
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of California Irvine. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Irvine was 3.92 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in California for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCI will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||19%||Reach|
|3.25 to 3.50||1%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.25||1%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||N/A%||Low|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
96% of University of California Irvine freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||96%|
|Top 25% of class||100%|
|Top 50% of class||0%|
|Bottom 50% of class||0%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||20%||22%||21%|
Applications were DueNov 30, 2019
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to University of California Irvine and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||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=110653 IPEDS survey data for University of California Irvine.
Frequently Asked Questions
86% of students submit their SAT scores to UCI. 50% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
37% of those who apply are granted admission to UCI. Admission competition is high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1240 and 1410. 86% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.