Application Fee
$70
Graduate Application Fee
$80
Acceptance Rate
66%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)
17%
Freshmen Enrollment
4,850
SAT Scores
1,180
ACT Scores
27

2020 Acceptance Rate

A total of 49,442 students have applied and 32,522 students have allowed to admit to University of California-Riverside (Acceptance rate: 65.78%). The yield, also known as enrollment rate, is 14.91 % where 4,850 students have finally enrolled out of 32,522 admitted students.
The acceptance rate of the school is higher (easier to admit) compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. Compared to similar schools in rankings such as Michigan State University and University of South Carolina-Columbia, its acceptance rate is average (the average acceptance rate of the schools is 71.20%).
The yield of the school is lower (less admitted-students enrolled) compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. Compared to similar schools in rankings, its yield is average (average yield is 28.20%).

Admission Statistics Charts

2020 Test Scores Comparison

For the academic year 2019-2020, the average SAT score is 1,180 and the average ACT score is 27 over scores submitted by enrolled first-time students. Compared to similar schools in college rankings, the admission score of University of California-Riverside is average than the schools (average score is 1,253). You can check and compare the SAT and ACT scores by subject with tables and charts.
SAT/ACT Scores Comparison
SAT AverageACT Average
University of California-Riverside1,18027
Similarly Colleges in Rankings1,22627
All U.S. Colleges112368
Public, 4-Years Colleges111267
4-Years Colleges112468
Public, 4-Years Colleges in California116770

SAT/ACT Scores by Subject

SATACT
At University of California-Riverside, 4,630 students submitted SAT scores (95% of enrolled students).
The average SAT score is about 1,180 and it is average than average for Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. The following table shows the SAT average scores by subject and 25th/75th percentile.
SAT Scores by Subject
25th percentile75th percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing540630
Mathematics540650
Total1,0801,280
At University of California-Riverside, 1,466 students submitted ACT scores (30% of enrolled students).
The average ACT score is about 27 and it is lower than average for Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. The next table shows the ACT average scores by subject and 25th/75th percentile.
ACT Scores by Subject
25th percentile75th percentile
Reading2231
English2026
Mathematics1926
Total6183

Admission Requirements

The following table summarizes the admission requirement to apply to University of California-Riverside. The school requires 5 items to submit - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program, Admission test scores and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Admission Requirements for Applying to University of California-Riverside
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended