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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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||620|
|SAT Math 25th||610|
|SAT Composite 25th||1230|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||710|
|SAT Math 75th||770|
|SAT Composite 75th||1480|
|Average SAT Score||1360|
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
|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%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||25|
|ACT Math 25th||26|
|ACT Composite 25th||27|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||32|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
|Average ACT Score||30|
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
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
100% of University of California Santa Barbara freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||17%||18%||18%|
The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to University of California Santa Barbara and what student information is used for 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=110705 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Barbara.
81% of students submit their SAT scores to UCSB. 48% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.