A Comparison of SAT Scores for the University of California Campuses

A Table of the Middle 50% Scores for Math, Reading Comprehenstion and Writing

Rady School of Management at UCSD
Rady School of Management at UCSD. 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 SAT scores for enrolled students at the 10 University of California schools. If your scores fall within or above the ranges listed below, you're on target for admission to these schools.

University of California SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
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 SAT ScoresGPA-SAT-ACT
Admissions
Scattergram
 ReadingMathWriting
 25%75%25%75%25%75%
Berkeley610740640770630760see graph
Davis510630560710530650see graph
Irvine480600550690510620see graph
Los Angeles580710600760590730see graph
Merced440550460570440540see graph
Riverside490600490610510630see graph
San Diego580680640770600710see graph
San FranciscoGraduate Study Only
Santa Barbara530660560700510630see graph
Santa Cruz510630540670510630see graph
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Realize that SAT scores are just one part of the application, and a strong high school record carries even more weight. Most of these colleges and universities practice holistic admissions, meaning that they tend to look at more than just grades or SAT/ACT scores. Strong writing skills, a varied academic background, work or volunteer experiences, and a range of extracurricular activities are all factors the school's admissions office will take into account. And remember that 25% of enrolled students had scores lower than the ranges listed here-if your scores are below the ranges shown, you still have a chance of being admitted, provided the rest of your application is strong.

To see a visual of this, click on the "see graph" link at the right of each row. There, you'll find a graph that shows how other applicants fared at each school--whether they were accepted, waitlisted, or rejected, and what their grades and SAT/ACT scores were.

You might find some students with higher scores and grades weren't admitted to a school, but some students with lower grades were admitted. This illustrates the idea of holistic admissions--that SAT scores are just one part of the application process.

To see a full profile of each college, click on the names in the table above.

There, you can find more information on admissions, enrollment, popular majors, and financial aid. You can also check out these other SAT charts (or ACT charts):

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SAT Comparison 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 National Center for Educational Statistics