University of California-San Diego (UCSD)

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UCSD can be found in La Jolla, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. UCSD has around thirty nine thousand students enrolled annually.

Students can submit either the SAT Exam or ACT scores to University of California-San Diego. A score between 1250 - 1490 on the SAT exam, or 26 - 34 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the UCSD average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.48 - 3.96. Approximately 30% of all students which applied were admitted at UCSD, and from those that were granted acceptance around 19% continued on to attend. When applying historical data, we have projected that the UCSD acceptance rate 2021 will be around 30%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UCSD Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-San Diego was reported as 31.5% in Fall 2020 with over 99,100 applications submitted to UCSD. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UCSD ACT Scores: 26 - 34
  • UCSD Average GPA: 3.48 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into University of California-San Diego?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to University of California-San Diego is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for UCSD has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 35.7%
  • 2017-2018: 34.0%
  • 2018-2019: 30.1%
  • 2019-2020: 31.5%
  • Projected UCSD Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 29.8%

How Does UCSD Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of California-San Diego is eighty percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
San Diego State University34.1%
California State University-San Marcos61.7%
University of California-Irvine26.5%
California Baptist University78.3%
University of California-Riverside56.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UCSD (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 710
Math630 - 780
Total Score1250 - 1490
ACT®Score Range
English25 - 34
Math25 - 33
Composite Score26 - 34
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