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Santa Cruz, California

UCSC Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of California Santa Cruz

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
50.9%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Santa Cruz
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into UCSC and can I get accepted? The school has a 51% acceptance rate ranking it #39 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 26,984 out of 52,969 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 19 percent. Only 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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UCSC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1230-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
80%
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Cruz
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for University of California Santa Cruz
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1400
Average SAT Score 1320

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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 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 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. The school ranks #22 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 80 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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 >64%
1315 to 1400 Avg + 51%-64%
1230 to 1315 Avg - 38%-51%
1145 to 1230 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 1145 Low <26%
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UCSC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
51%
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 31
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

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 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #18 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Santa Cruz.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Santa Cruz admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >66%
28 to 31 Avg + 51%-66%
26 to 28 Avg - 41%-51%
24 to 26 Reach 31%-41%
Less than 24 Low <31%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

University of California Santa Cruz has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

University of California Santa Cruz admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 29,510 23,459 52,969
Accepted 14,871 12,113 26,984
Acceptance Rate 50% 52% 51%
Enrolled 1,973 2,075 4,048
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 17% 15%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply
74

Applicants have 74 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to UCSC before the Nov 30 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Santa Cruz and what considerations affect 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.