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 twenty nine thousand students enrolled annually.

Students can submit either the SAT Exam or ACT scores to University of California-San Diego. A score between 1750 - 2080 on the SAT exam, or 25 - 31 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 - 3.78. Approximately 40% of all students which applied were admitted at UCSD, and from those that were granted acceptance around 20% continued on to attend. When applying historical data, we have projected that the UCSD acceptance rate 2015 will be around 37%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UCSD Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-San Diego was reported as 37.5% in Fall 2012 with over 60,800 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 SAT Scores: 1750 - 2080
  • UCSD ACT Scores: 25 - 31
  • UCSD Average GPA: 3.48 - 3.78

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

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to UCSD 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 slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 39.9%
  • 2009-2010: 36.2%
  • 2010-2011: 37.9%
  • 2011-2012: 35.3%
  • 2012-2013: 37.5%
  • Projected UCSD Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 37.0%

How Does UCSD Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of California-San Diego is forty-eight percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
San Diego State University31.2%
California State University-San Marcos62.5%
University of California-Irvine42.4%
University of California-Riverside62.0%
California State University-Fullerton45.8%

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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UCSD (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 660
Math620 - 730
Writing580 - 690
Total Score1750 - 2080
ACT®Score Range
English24 - 31
Math26 - 33
Composite Score25 - 31
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