UC Santa Barbara GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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UC Santa Barbara GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
UC Santa Barbara GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of UCSB's Admissions Standards:

With only a third of all applicants receiving an acceptance letter, the University of California at Santa Barbara is one of the country's more selective public universities. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As the data shows, the majority of students who got into UC Santa Barbara had at least a B+ average, an SAT score (RW+M) above 1000, and an ACT composite score of 19 or higher. Chances of admission improve as those numbers go higher. Realize that there's a lot of red hidden beneath the blue and green in the graph. Many students with scores and grades that are on target for UCSB still get rejected because other parts of their applications don't compare favorably to the rest of the applicant pool. See this graph of rejection and waitlist data for UCSB to get a clearer picture of just how many strong students don't get in.

UCSB, like all of the University of California schools, has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. Students who show some kind of special talent or have a compelling story to tell 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 an important part of a successful application to UCSB. Don't underestimate the importance of the four Personal Insight Questions--they play a significant role in admissions decisions. Also note that a few programs at UCSB--Dance, Music, and the College of Creative Studies--require additional application materials such as an audition or portfolio.

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UCSB GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Rejected and Waitlisted Students

University of California Santa Barbara GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Rejected and Waitlisted Students
University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Rejected and Waitlisted Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The graph on the previous page makes it look like nearly all students with "A" averages and strong SAT and ACT scores get accepted to the University of California at Santa Barbara. The reality is quite different. In the Cappex graph above, I've stripped out all of the data points for accepted students to make visible the data for rejected and waitlisted applicants. As you can see, a significant number of "A" students with above-average SAT and ACT scores did not get in. 

Why Are Strong Students Rejected from UC Santa Barabara?

Reasons for rejection can be many. For one, applicants need to meet UCSB eligibility requirements which include a 3.0 average in core academic subjects during 10th and 11th grades. A student's GPA on his or her transcript tends to include all subjects from 9th through 12th grades. Thus, the GPA used by UCSB is likely not the same GPA a student submits to Cappex. 

In general, UCSB is looking for applicants who not only meet minimum admissions requirements, but who will also contribute to the richness and diversity of campus life. Applicants with strong academic measures but little evidence of contributions outside of the classroom are likely to be rejected. Learn more about freshman selection criteria on the UCSB admissions website.

To learn more about UCSB and what it takes to be admitted, check out the University of California Santa Barbara Profile.

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