UC San Diego GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

UCSD Admissions Standards

UCSD GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
UCSD GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) admits around a third of applicants, making it one of the more selective public universities in the country.

You must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than a C in the "a-g" courses taken during 10th and 11th grades if you are a California resident. If you are a non-resident, your GPA must be 3.4 or better.

You need to submit scores from ACT plus Writing or SAT Reasoning with critical reading, math, and writing. Your scores have to be from the same sitting. Two SAT Subject Tests related to your major are recommended if you will be majoring in engineering, biological science, or physical science.

The first-time enrolled students in the fall of 2016 had this range of scores for the middle 50 percent:

  • SAT Critical Reading: 560 to 680
  • SAT Math: 610 to 770
  • ACT Composite: 27 to 33
  • ACT English: 26 to 33
  • ACT Math: 27 to 33

How do you measure up at UCSD? Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.


In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As the data shows, the majority of students who got into UCSD had at least a B+ average, an SAT score (RW+M) above 1100, and an ACT composite score of 22 or higher. Chances of admission improve as those numbers go up. Realize that behind all that green and blue on the graph is a lot of red. Having grades and test scores that are on target for UCSD is not a guarantee of admission, especially if some application components don't compare favorably to the rest of the applicant pool.

UCSD, like all of the University of California schools, has holistic admissions, so the university will be looking at more than numerical data. Students with an impressive talent or a compelling personal story will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't up to the ideal. Impressive extracurricular activities and winning essays are important parts of a successful application to UCSD.

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