2022 Acceptance Rate

A total of 100,062 students have applied and 36,634 students have allowed to admit to University of California-San Diego (Acceptance rate: 36.61%). The yield, also known as enrollment rate, is 17.60 % where 6,447 students have finally enrolled out of 36,634 admitted students.
The acceptance rate of the school is lower (tighter to admit) compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. Compared to similar schools in rankings such as University of Florida and University of Maryland-College Park, its acceptance rate is average (the average acceptance rate of the schools is 36.80%).
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 33.40%).

How to Apply to University of California-San Diego

Admissionadmissions.ucsd.edu/index.html
Online Applicationadmission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html
Financial Aidfas.ucsd.edu/
Net Price Calculatorfas.ucsd.edu/forms-and-resources/financial-aid-estimator/index.html
Veterans Tuitionstudents.ucsd.edu/sponsor/veterans/index.html
Athleticncaa.org/about/resources/research/graduation-rates
Disability Servicedisabilities.ucsd.edu/

Admission Statistics Charts

2022 Test Scores Comparison

For the academic year 2020-2021, the average SAT score is 1,375 and the average ACT score is 31 over scores submitted by enrolled first-time students. Compared to similar schools in college rankings, the admission score of University of California-San Diego is average than the schools (average score is 1,395). 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-San Diego1,37531
Similarly Colleges in Rankings1,36431
All U.S. Colleges112368
Public, 4-Years Colleges111267
4-Years Colleges112468
Public, 4-Years Colleges in California116770

SAT/ACT Scores by Subject

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At University of California-San Diego, 5,723 students submitted SAT scores (89% of enrolled students).
The average SAT score is about 1,375 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 Writing620710
Mathematics650770
Total1,2701,480
At University of California-San Diego, 2,191 students submitted ACT scores (34% of enrolled students).
The average ACT score is about 31 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
Reading2834
English2635
Mathematics2733
Total81102

Admission Requirements

The following table summarizes the admission requirement to apply to University of California-San Diego. 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-San Diego
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