UC Santa Cruz GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

University of California Santa Cruz Admissions Standards

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

UC Santa Cruz rejects nearly half of all applicants, making it a selective member of the University of California.

You must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than a C in 15 college preparatory "a-g" courses 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 with Essay. Local students from participating high schools may also qualify if they are in the top 9 percent of their class. See how to calculate your UC Admissions Index.

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

  • SAT Critical Reading: 520 to 630
  • SAT Math: 540 to 660
  • ACT Composite: 25 to 30
  • ACT English: 24 to 31
  • ACT Math: 24 to 29

How do you measure up at the University of California at Santa Cruz?  Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

UC Santa Cruz GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

On the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As the data shows, the majority of students who got into UC Santa Cruz had at least a B+ average, an SAT score (RW+M new SAT; CR+M old SAT) above 950, and an ACT composite score of 18 or higher. Chances of admission improve as those numbers go up. In the center part of the graph, note that there's some red hidden beneath the blue and green. Having grades and test scores that are on target for UC Santa Cruz is not a guarantee of admission, especially if some application components don't compare favorably to the rest of the applicant pool.

UCSC, 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 strong essays are all important parts of a successful application to UCSC.

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