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Chances of getting into University of California San Diego

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
31.5%
Admission Difficulty for University of California San Diego
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Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into UCSD and can I get accepted? The school has a 31% acceptance rate ranking it #14 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 31,200 out of 99,114 applicants were admitted making UCSD a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 18 percent. University of California San Diego typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

UCSD SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1250-1490
Applicants Submitting SAT
88%
SAT Scores for University of California San Diego
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for University of California San Diego
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1490
Average SAT Score 1370

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

University of California San Diego typically requires applicants to be in the top 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 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 1130. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 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 San Diego admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1490 and Above Good >43%
1370 to 1490 Avg + 31%-43%
1250 to 1370 Avg - 21%-31%
1130 to 1250 Reach 13%-21%
Less than 1130 Low <13%
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UCSD ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
43%
ACT Scores for University of California San Diego
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of California San Diego
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 30

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 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California San Diego.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >43%
30 to 34 Avg + 31%-43%
26 to 30 Avg - 21%-31%
22 to 26 Reach 13%-21%
Less than 22 Low <13%
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UCSD GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.82*
Typical High School Grades
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 3.82 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #16 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?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.82 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Admission Statistics

University of California San Diego admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 53,781 45,333 99,114
Accepted 16,874 14,326 31,200
Acceptance Rate 31% 32% 31%
Enrolled 3,002 3,013 6,015
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 21% 19%
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 San Diego and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of California San Diego 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 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?

31% 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 1250 and 1490. 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 26 and 34. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.