University of California-Riverside (UCR)

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University of California-Riverside can be found in Riverside, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. UCR has over 26,000 students enrolled per year.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores at University of California-Riverside. A score between 1130 - 1330 on the SAT exam, or 23 - 30 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the UCR average GPA ranges from 3.28 to 3.64 for accepted students. This school has an acceptance rate of 57 percent with 17 percent of applicants deciding to continue on and enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the UCR acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 52%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UCR Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-Riverside was reported as 56.5% in Fall 2020 with over 49,500 college applications submitted to UCR. 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

  • UCR ACT Scores: 23 - 30
  • UCR Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.64

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

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to University of California-Riverside 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 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for UCR has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 66.3%
  • 2017-2018: 57.2%
  • 2018-2019: 50.6%
  • 2019-2020: 56.5%
  • Projected UCR Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 52.2%

How Does UCR Compare?

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National Avg

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

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California Baptist University78.3%
California State University-San Bernardino68.6%
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona54.6%
California State University-Fullerton52.7%
University of California-Irvine26.5%

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 UCR (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading570 - 650
Math560 - 680
Total Score1130 - 1330
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 29
Math21 - 28
Composite Score23 - 30
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