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Riverside, California

UC Riverside Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of California Riverside

University of California Riverside

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
50.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Riverside
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into UC Riverside and can I get accepted? The school has a 51% acceptance rate ranking it #40 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 24,820 out of 49,079 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 36 percent. University of California Riverside typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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UC Riverside SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1110-1330
Applicants Submitting SAT
92%
SAT Scores for University of California Riverside
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1110
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 1220

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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 39 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 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 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #27 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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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 >64%
1220 to 1330 Avg + 51%-64%
1110 to 1220 Avg - 38%-51%
1000 to 1110 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 1000 Low <26%
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UC Riverside ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
42%
ACT Scores for University of California Riverside
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University of California Riverside
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 29
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 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #24 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 42 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Riverside.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Riverside admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >64%
26 to 29 Avg + 51%-64%
23 to 26 Avg - 38%-51%
20 to 23 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 20 Low <26%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of California 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 51% of students who apply.

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Admission Statistics

University of California Riverside admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 27,704 21,375 49,079
Accepted 14,373 10,447 24,820
Acceptance Rate 52% 49% 51%
Enrolled 2,530 1,999 4,529
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 19% 18%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Riverside and what considerations affect 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

51% 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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1330. 92% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 42% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.