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UCSB Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into UCSB? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 23,026 out of 70,536 applicants or 33% were admitted making UCSB a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. University of California Santa Barbara typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 37,662 32,874 70,536
Accepted 13,168 9,858 23,026
Acceptance Rate 35% 30% 33%
Enrolled 2,492 1,981 4,473
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 20% 19%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Santa Barbara 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 UCSB regularly accepts students with ACTs of 26 and above. 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. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Santa Barbara.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1160 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 1040. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 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 1160 1400
SAT Reading 580 690
SAT Math 580 730
ACT Composite 26 31
ACT English 26 33
ACT Math 26 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >48%
28 to 31 Avg + 33%-48%
26 to 28 Avg - 24%-33%
24 to 26 Reach 17%-24%
Less than 24 Low <17%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1400 and Above Good >46%
1280 to 1400 Avg + 33%-46%
1160 to 1280 Avg - 22%-33%
1040 to 1160 Reach 15%-22%
Less than 1040 Low <15%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of California Santa Barbara. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Santa Barbara was 3.96 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UCSB will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 81% Good
3.50 to 3.75 14% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 1% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 0% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Reach

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 Santa Barbara 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 Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110705 IPEDS survey data for University of California Santa Barbara.



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