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Chances of getting into University of California Santa Barbara

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
37%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Santa Barbara
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into UCSB and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UCSB is 37%.  It ranks #0 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. UCSB is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 33,384 out of 90,961 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 16 percent (SAT 1230/1460 ACT 28/34). University of California Santa Barbara typically accepts and attracts "A/A+" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 4.17. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UCSB application fee is $70 and applications are due by Nov 30.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of California Santa Barbara is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

UCSB SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1230-1460
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 750
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1350

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 prefers 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 1110. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. UCSB ranks #0 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 
1460 and Above Good >53%
1345 to 1460 Avg + 37%-53%
1230 to 1345 Avg - 24%-37%
1115 to 1230 Reach 14%-24%
Less than 1115 Low <14%
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UCSB ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
28-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
48%
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Barbara
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 31

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 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #0 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 48 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Santa Barbara.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >53%
31 to 34 Avg + 37%-53%
28 to 31 Avg - 24%-37%
25 to 28 Reach 14%-24%
Less than 25 Low <14%
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UCSB GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
4.17
Typical High School Grades 
A/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 4.17 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A/A+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #0 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 
4.0 78.69% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 14.32% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 5.32% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 1.25% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 0.27% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.15% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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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%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of California Santa Barbara admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 50,271 40,690 90,961
Accepted 19,200 14,184 33,384
Acceptance Rate 38% 35% 37%
Enrolled 2,852 1,995 4,847
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 14% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2022
Days left to Apply
0

Applicants have 0 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of California Santa Barbara is $70.

Application 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 Application 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?

37% 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 1460. 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 28 and 34. 48% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.