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SAT scores needed to get into University of California Santa Cruz

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Average SAT Score 1260

The average composite SAT score for admitted University of California Santa Cruz freshman is 1260 out of 1600. UCSC students have the 154th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1260 is in the 83rd percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1160 to 1360

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1160 to 1360. The 75th percentile score is 1360 while the 25th percentile score is 1160.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by UCSC but we estimate it to be around a 1060 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 635

The average score for UCSC students on the math portion of the SAT is 635 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 580 and the 75th percentile score 690.

Average SAT Reading Score 625

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 580 to 670 and the average score for University of California Santa Cruz students is 625.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

85 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to University of California Santa Cruz

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at University of California Santa Cruz based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 64.7%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.51.

Can I get into UCSC with a 1360 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1360 or higher is very competitive at UCSC and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. You have a very good chance of acceptance, around 78% or higher.

Can I get into UCSC with a 1260 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1260 to 1350 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. You have a good chance of acceptance, around 65% to 77%.

Can I get into UCSC with a 1160 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1160 to 1250 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 49% to 64% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into UCSC with a 1060 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1060 to 1150 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 48% chance of admission to UCSC. SAT scores below 1060 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
Admission chances to University of California Santa Cruz by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 94%
1590 94%
1580 94%
1570 93%
1560 93%
1550 92%
1540 92%
1530 91%
1520 91%
1510 90%
1500 90%
1490 89%
1480 88%
1470 88%
1460 87%
1450 86%
1440 86%
1430 85%
1420 84%
1410 83%
1400 82%
1390 81%
1380 80%
1370 79%
1360 78%
1350 77%
1340 76%
1330 74%
1320 73%
1310 72%
1300 71%
1290 69%
1280 68%
1270 66%
1260 65%
1250 64%
1240 62%
1230 61%
1220 59%
1210 57%
1200 56%
1190 54%
1180 53%
1170 51%
1160 49%
1150 48%
1140 46%
1130 45%
1120 43%
1110 41%
1100 40%
1090 38%
1080 37%
1070 35%
1060 34%
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110714 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Cruz.