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UCSC Admission Requirements

Santa Cruz, California

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Chances of getting into University of California Santa Cruz

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
47.4%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Santa Cruz
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into UCSC and can I get accepted? The school has a 47% acceptance rate ranking it #33 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 26,803 out of 56,586 applicants were admitted making UCSC a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent. University of California Santa Cruz typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

UCSC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1190-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
85%
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Cruz
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1190
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Cruz
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1400
Average SAT Score 1300

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 requires applicants to be in the top 26 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1190 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 1080. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. The school ranks #19 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 2018 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
1400 and Above Good >60%
1295 to 1400 Avg + 47%-60%
1190 to 1295 Avg - 34%-47%
1085 to 1190 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 1085 Low <23%
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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 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of California Santa Cruz
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 30
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 #16 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 2018 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 >60%
29 to 32 Avg + 47%-60%
26 to 29 Avg - 34%-47%
23 to 26 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 23 Low <23%
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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. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCSC will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 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 31,496 25,090 56,586
Accepted 14,749 12,054 26,803
Acceptance Rate 47% 48% 47%
Enrolled 1,737 1,958 3,695
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 16% 14%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2020
Days left to Apply
23

Applicants have 23 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2020.

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 Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
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?

47% of those who apply are granted admission to UCSC. Admission competition is low 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 Cruz?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1190 and 1400. 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.