UC Riverside Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into University of California Riverside
|Admission Standards||Very High|
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
Applicants Submitting SAT92%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||560|
|SAT Math 25th||550|
|SAT Composite 25th||1110|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||650|
|SAT Math 75th||680|
|SAT Composite 75th||1330|
|Average SAT Score||1220|
SAT Scores you need to get in
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.
|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%|
UC Riverside ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT42%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||22|
|ACT Math 25th||22|
|ACT Composite 25th||23|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.6
Typical High School GradesB+
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.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||18%||19%||18%|
What are the requirements for admission to University of California Riverside 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=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.