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UC Riverside Admission Requirements

Riverside, California

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Chances of getting into University of California Riverside

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
56.5%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Riverside
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into UC Riverside and can I get accepted? The school has a 57% acceptance rate ranking it #45 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 27,984 out of 49,515 applicants were admitted making UC Riverside a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent. University of California Riverside typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

UC Riverside SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1330
Applicants Submitting SAT
92%
SAT Scores for University of California Riverside
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for University of California Riverside
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1330
Average SAT Score 1230

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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 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 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 1030. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. The school ranks #25 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 92 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Riverside admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1330 and Above Good >69%
1230 to 1330 Avg + 57%-69%
1130 to 1230 Avg - 44%-57%
1030 to 1130 Reach 31%-44%
Less than 1030 Low <31%
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UC Riverside ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
42%
ACT Scores for University of California Riverside
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University of California Riverside
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 26

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 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #25 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 42 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Riverside.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Riverside admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >71%
26 to 30 Avg + 57%-71%
23 to 26 Avg - 46%-57%
20 to 23 Reach 35%-46%
Less than 20 Low <35%
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UC Riverside GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into University of California Riverside?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UC 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. The school ranks #32 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UC Riverside accepts 57% 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

94% of University of California Riverside freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of California Riverside students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 94%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of California Riverside admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 27,617 21,898 49,515
Accepted 15,928 12,056 27,984
Acceptance Rate 58% 55% 57%
Enrolled 2,561 2,205 4,766
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 18% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Riverside and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does University of California Riverside prefer SAT or ACT?

92% of students submit their SAT scores to UC Riverside. 42% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of California Riverside?

57% of those who apply are granted admission to UC Riverside. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of California Riverside?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1130 and 1330. 92% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of California Riverside?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 30. 42% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.