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UCSD Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into UCSD? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 26,335 out of 78,061 applicants or 34% were admitted making UCSD a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 41,217 36,844 78,061
Accepted 13,765 12,570 26,335
Acceptance Rate 33% 34% 34%
Enrolled 2,581 2,711 5,292
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 22% 20%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California San Diego and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that UCSD regularly accepts students with ACTs of 28 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. 45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California San Diego.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 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 1200. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1400 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 86 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1300 1500
SAT Reading 650 730
SAT Math 660 780
ACT Composite 28 33
ACT English 28 34
ACT Math 28 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >49%
30 to 33 Avg + 34%-49%
28 to 30 Avg - 25%-34%
26 to 28 Reach 18%-25%
Less than 26 Low <18%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1500 and Above Good >47%
1400 to 1500 Avg + 34%-47%
1300 to 1400 Avg - 23%-34%
1200 to 1300 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 1200 Low <15%

Estimated GPA Requirements

University of California San Diego has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2016.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California San Diego and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110680 IPEDS survey data for University of California San Diego.



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