Chances of getting into University of California San Diego
How hard is it to get into UCSD and can I get accepted? The school has a 34% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 30,061 out of 88,446 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 14 percent. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
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UCSD SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT84%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||650|
|SAT Math 25th||630|
|SAT Composite 25th||1280|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||700|
|SAT Math 75th||760|
|SAT Composite 75th||1460|
|Average SAT Score||1370|
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 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. The school ranks #12 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 84 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|
|1460 and Above||Good||>47%|
|1370 to 1460||Avg +||34%-47%|
|1280 to 1370||Avg -||23%-34%|
|1190 to 1280||Reach||15%-23%|
|Less than 1190||Low||<15%|
UCSD ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT52%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||25|
|ACT Math 25th||27|
|ACT Composite 25th||27|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||33|
|ACT Math 75th||33|
|ACT Composite 75th||33|
|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 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. The school ranks #10 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California San Diego.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|33 and Above||Good||>47%|
|30 to 33||Avg +||34%-47%|
|27 to 30||Avg -||23%-34%|
|24 to 27||Reach||15%-23%|
|Less than 24||Low||<15%|
University of California San Diego has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||18%||20%||19%|
Applications were DueNov 30, 2018
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2018.
What are the requirements for admission to University of California San Diego 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=110680 IPEDS survey data for University of California San Diego.