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Chances of getting into University of California Santa Barbara

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
29.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Santa Barbara
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into UCSB and can I get accepted? The school has a 30% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 27,626 out of 93,446 applicants were admitted making UCSB 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 Santa Barbara typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

UCSB SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1230-1480
Applicants Submitting SAT
81%
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 610
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1480
Average SAT Score 1360

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Santa Barbara?

University of California Santa Barbara typically requires applicants to be in the top 20 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 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 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1360 out of 1600. The school ranks #13 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 81 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 Santa Barbara admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1480 and Above Good >42%
1355 to 1480 Avg + 30%-42%
1230 to 1355 Avg - 20%-30%
1105 to 1230 Reach 13%-20%
Less than 1105 Low <13%
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UCSB ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
48%
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 32
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 UCSB?

Admission data indicates that UCSB 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 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 48 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Santa Barbara.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Santa Barbara admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >44%
30 to 34 Avg + 30%-44%
27 to 30 Avg - 21%-30%
24 to 27 Reach 15%-21%
Less than 24 Low <15%
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UCSB GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.96
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of California Santa Barbara?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UCSB. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Santa Barbara was 3.96 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in California for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCSB 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 Santa Barbara students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 81% Good
3.50 to 3.75 14% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 1% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

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

High School Class Rank for admitted University of California Santa Barbara students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 100%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of California Santa Barbara admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 51,551 41,895 93,446
Accepted 15,911 11,715 27,626
Acceptance Rate 31% 28% 30%
Enrolled 2,780 2,155 4,935
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 18% 18%
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 Santa Barbara and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of California Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110705 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Barbara.

FAQs

Does University of California Santa Barbara prefer SAT or ACT?

81% of students submit their SAT scores to UCSB. 48% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of California Santa Barbara?

30% of those who apply are granted admission to UCSB. 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 Santa Barbara?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1480. 81% 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 Santa Barbara?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 34. 48% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.