Chances of getting into University of California Santa Barbara
How hard is it to get into UCSB and can I get accepted? The school has a 33% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 26,846 out of 81,824 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 14 percent. University of California Santa Barbara typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.
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UCSB SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT75%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||650|
|SAT Math 25th||610|
|SAT Composite 25th||1260|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||700|
|SAT Math 75th||750|
|SAT Composite 75th||1450|
|Average SAT Score||1360|
SAT Scores you need to get in
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 17 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1260 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 1160. 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 75 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|
|1450 and Above||Good||>46%|
|1355 to 1450||Avg +||33%-46%|
|1260 to 1355||Avg -||22%-33%|
|1165 to 1260||Reach||15%-22%|
|Less than 1165||Low||<15%|
UCSB ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT59%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||26|
|ACT Math 25th||26|
|ACT Composite 25th||28|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||32|
|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 UCSB?
Admission data indicates that UCSB regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 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 #11 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Santa Barbara.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|33 and Above||Good||>48%|
|30 to 33||Avg +||33%-48%|
|28 to 30||Avg -||24%-33%|
|26 to 28||Reach||17%-24%|
|Less than 26||Low||<17%|
Avg. High School GPA3.96
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of California Santa Barbara. 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||Admission Chances|
|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|
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%||17%||17%|
Applications are DueNov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply44
Applicants have 44 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2019.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to UCSB before the Nov 30 application deadline.
|SAT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Nov 2||Nov 15|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 26||Nov 14|
What are the requirements for admission to University of California Santa Barbara 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=110705 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Barbara.