A Comparison of ACT Scores for the University of California Campuses

A Table Comparing the Middle 50% Scores for Composite, Math and English

Frederick Reines Hall at UC Irvine
Frederick Reines Hall at UC Irvine. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of California system includes some of the best public universities in the country. Admissions criteria vary widely, and the chart below presents the middle 50% of ACT scores for enrolled students at the 10 University of California schools. If your ACT scores fall within or above the ranges listed below, you are on track for admission to one of these great schools.

University of California ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 ACT ScoresGPA-SAT-ACT
Admissions
Scattergram
 CompositeEnglishMath
 25%75%25%75%25%75%
Berkeley303431352935see graph
Davis253125322531see graph
Irvine242923302430see graph
Los Angeles283328342734see graph
Merced202519251926see graph
Riverside232822292328see graph
San Diego283328342834see graph
San FranciscoGraduate Study Only
Santa Barbara263126332632see graph
Santa Cruz253024312429see graph
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Realize that ACT scores are just one part of the application, and your high school record carries even more weight. Most of the schools listed here have holistic admissions, which means that the admissions office will look at multiple factors: work or volunteer experience, strong writing skills, a diverse academic background, and letters of recommendation. 

To get a visual sense of this, click on the "see graph" link to the right of each row. There, you'll see how other students fared at each school--how many were accepted, rejected, or waitlisted, and how they scored on the SAT/ACT, and their grades. You might find that some students with low grades/scores were accepted, and some with higher grades/scores were rejected or waitlisted. A student with low ACT scores (lower than the ranges listed here) can still be accepted to any of these schools, provided the rest of his/her/their application is strong.

Keep in mind that 25% of enrolled students scored below these ranges; while ACT scores are an important part of the application process, the other parts of the application (transcript, writing sample, letters of recommendation, etc) are just as important.

For more information about the schools listed above, just click on a school's name to go to its profile.

There, you'll find more admissions data, financial aid statistics, and other helpful information.

For more ACT score comparisons, check out these ACT links (or SAT links):

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ACT Tables by State: AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | DC | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | 
LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | 
OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics