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UCSD Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

35.7%
Admission Difficulty for University of California San Diego
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into UCSD? The school has a 36% acceptance rate. Last year, 30,028 out of 84,208 applicants were admitted making UCSD a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 17 percent. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1240-1490
Applicants Submitting SAT
58%
SAT Scores for University of California San Diego
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1240
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
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 requires applicants to be in the top 19 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1240 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 1115. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1365 out of 1600. 58 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.

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 >49%
1365 to 1490 Avg + 36%-49%
1240 to 1365 Avg - 25%-36%
1115 to 1240 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 1115 Low <16%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
27-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
48%
ACT Scores for University of California San Diego
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for University of California San Diego
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
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 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 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 33 and above have very competitive chances. 48 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California San Diego.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California San Diego admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >49%
30 to 33 Avg + 36%-49%
27 to 30 Avg - 25%-36%
24 to 27 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 24 Low <16%

Estimated GPA Requirements

University of California San Diego has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

University of California San Diego admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 44,789 39,419 84,208
Accepted 16,293 13,735 30,028
Acceptance Rate 36% 35% 36%
Enrolled 3,061 2,687 5,748
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 20% 19%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2018
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2018.

Admission Requirements

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