University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB)

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University of California-Santa Barbara can be found in Santa Barbara, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. UCSB enrolls around twenty seven thousand students per year.

Students can submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores to this school. A score within the range of 1230 to 1480 on the SAT exam, or 27 to 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 UCSB average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.55 - 3.96. The acceptance rate of UCSB is considered highly competitive, with only 30% of those who applied applicants being accepted. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UCSB acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 30%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UCSB Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of California-Santa Barbara was reported as 29.6% in Fall 2020 with over 93,400 applications submitted to UCSB. 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

  • UCSB ACT Scores: 27 - 34
  • UCSB Average GPA: 3.55 - 3.96

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

Applicant Selectivity: High

UCSB has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

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 University of California-Santa Barbara has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 35.8%
  • 2017-2018: 32.8%
  • 2018-2019: 32.2%
  • 2019-2020: 29.6%
  • Projected UCSB Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 29.5%

How Does UCSB Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of California-Santa Barbara is ninety-two percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California State University-Northridge59.3%
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo28.4%
California State University-Bakersfield80.7%
University of California-Los Angeles12.3%
University of Southern California11.4%

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 UCSB (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 710
Math610 - 770
Total Score1230 - 1480
ACT®Score Range
English25 - 34
Math26 - 32
Composite Score27 - 34
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