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SAT scores needed to get into University of California Santa Cruz

Average Score and SAT Requirements

University of California Santa Cruz is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the school is "neither required nor recommended". If you do elect to submit your SAT scores, the following information is helpful to understand how you compare with other applicants.

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 200th 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 58.6%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.63.

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 73% 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 59% to 72%.

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 43% to 57% 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 42% 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 2021 starting class
Admission chances to University of California Santa Cruz by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 93%
1590 92%
1580 92%
1570 91%
1560 91%
1550 90%
1540 90%
1530 89%
1520 88%
1510 88%
1500 87%
1490 86%
1480 86%
1470 85%
1460 84%
1450 83%
1440 82%
1430 81%
1420 80%
1410 79%
1400 78%
1390 77%
1380 76%
1370 74%
1360 73%
1350 72%
1340 71%
1330 69%
1320 68%
1310 66%
1300 65%
1290 64%
1280 62%
1270 61%
1260 59%
1250 57%
1240 56%
1230 54%
1220 53%
1210 51%
1200 49%
1190 48%
1180 46%
1170 45%
1160 43%
1150 42%
1140 40%
1130 38%
1120 37%
1110 35%
1100 34%
1090 33%
1080 31%
1070 30%
1060 29%
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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.