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Chances of getting into University of California Santa Cruz

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
51.3%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Santa Cruz
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into UCSC and can I get accepted? The school has a 51% acceptance rate ranking it #36 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 28,629 out of 55,796 applicants were admitted making UCSC a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 21 percent. University of California Santa Cruz typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of California Santa Cruz is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCSC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1200-1380
Applicants Submitting SAT
85%
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Cruz
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Cruz
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1380
Average SAT Score 1290

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Santa Cruz?

University of California Santa Cruz typically prefers applicants to be in the top 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 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 estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1290 out of 1600. The school ranks #20 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 85 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Santa Cruz admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >64%
1290 to 1380 Avg + 51%-64%
1200 to 1290 Avg - 38%-51%
1110 to 1200 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 1110 Low <26%
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UCSC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
40%
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Cruz
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Cruz
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UCSC?

Admission data indicates that UCSC regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Santa Cruz.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Santa Cruz admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >64%
29 to 32 Avg + 51%-64%
26 to 29 Avg - 38%-51%
23 to 26 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 23 Low <26%
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UCSC GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.73*
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of California Santa Cruz?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UCSC. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Santa Cruz was 3.73 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #21 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UCSC accepts 51% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.73 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Admission Statistics

University of California Santa Cruz admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 30,740 25,056 55,796
Accepted 15,804 12,825 28,629
Acceptance Rate 51% 51% 51%
Enrolled 1,770 1,942 3,712
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 15% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2020.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Santa Cruz and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of California Santa Cruz Admission 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 Cruz
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=110714 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Cruz.

FAQs

Does University of California Santa Cruz prefer SAT or ACT?

85% of students submit their SAT scores to UCSC. 40% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of California Santa Cruz?

51% of those who apply are granted admission to UCSC. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of California Santa Cruz?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1200 and 1380. 85% 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 Cruz?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 32. 40% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.