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Chances of getting into University of California San Diego

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
37%
Admission Difficulty for University of California San Diego
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into UCSD and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UCSD is 37%.  It ranks #15 in California and #124 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. UCSD is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 36,634 out of 100,062 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 14 percent (SAT 1270/1480 ACT 28/34). University of California San Diego typically accepts and attracts "A/A+" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 4.09. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UCSD application fee is $70 and applications are due by Nov 30.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of California San Diego is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

UCSD SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1270-1480
Applicants Submitting SAT 
88%
SAT Scores for University of California San Diego
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for University of California San Diego
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1480
Average SAT Score 1380

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California San Diego?

University of California San Diego typically prefers applicants to be in the top 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 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 1160. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1380 out of 1600. UCSD ranks #9 in California and #65 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California San Diego admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1480 and Above Good >53%
1375 to 1480 Avg + 37%-53%
1270 to 1375 Avg - 24%-37%
1165 to 1270 Reach 14%-24%
Less than 1165 Low <14%
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UCSD ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
28-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
43%
ACT Scores for University of California San Diego
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for University of California San Diego
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UCSD?

Admission data indicates that UCSD regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in California and #57 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California San Diego.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California San Diego admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >53%
31 to 34 Avg + 37%-53%
28 to 31 Avg - 24%-37%
25 to 28 Reach 14%-24%
Less than 25 Low <14%
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UCSD GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
4.09
Typical High School Grades 
A/A+

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

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UCSD. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California San Diego was 4.09 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A/A+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in California for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCSD will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of California San Diego students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 76.6% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 16.7% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 5.6% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 1.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 0.1% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

100% of University of California San Diego freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of California San Diego students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 100%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of California San Diego admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 54,045 46,017 100,062
Accepted 19,987 16,647 36,634
Acceptance Rate 37% 36% 37%
Enrolled 3,362 3,085 6,447
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 19% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2022
Days left to Apply
0

Applicants have 0 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of California San Diego is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California San Diego and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of California San Diego Application 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 San Diego
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110680 IPEDS survey data for University of California San Diego.

FAQs

Does University of California San Diego prefer SAT or ACT?

88% of students submit their SAT scores to UCSD. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of California San Diego?

37% of those who apply are granted admission to UCSD. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of California San Diego?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1270 and 1480. 88% 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 San Diego?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 34. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.