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COLLEGE PROFILE

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Entrance Difficulty
Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.
High School Preparation
High School GraduationHigh school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School ProgramCollege preparatory program is required
High School Units Required or Recommended
SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English 4 
Mathematics 3 4
Science  
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies  
History 2 
Academic Electives 1 
Examinations
ExamScores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACTRequiredDecember 30
SAT Only  
ACT Only  
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT  
SAT Subject Tests OnlyRecommended
SAT Essay Component Policy Essay component required
ACT Writing Test PolicyWriting component required
Use of SAT/ACT EssaySAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Admissions Office
Address1210 Cheadle Hall
City, State, ZipSanta Barbara, CA  93106-2014
Phone(805) 893-2881
Fax 
E-mailadmissions@sa.ucsb.edu
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission DeadlineNovember 30
Application Fee$70
Application Fee WaiverAvailable
Regular Admission NotificationMarch 15
Accept Offer of AdmissionMay 1
Waiting List UsedYes
Defer AdmissionStudent cannot defer admission
Transfer AdmissionTransfer applications accepted
Early Admission
Early Decision OfferedNo
Early Decision Deadline 
Early Decision Notification 
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Action Deadline 
Early Action Notification 
Application Form
Common ApplicationNot accepted
Universal College ApplicationNot accepted
Electronic Application Available
Other Application Requirements
InterviewNot required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
 
Other 
Financial NeedFinancial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

SELECTION OF STUDENTS

FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Rigor of Secondary School RecordX
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Class RankX
RecommendationsX
EssayX
InterviewX
Level of Applicant's InterestX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Volunteer WorkX
Particular
Talent/Ability
X
Character/Personal QualitiesX
First Generation to Attend CollegeX
State ResidencyX
Geographic ResidenceX
Relation with AlumnusX
Religious Affiliation/ CommitmentX
EthnicityX
Work ExperienceX

PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION

Overall Admission Rate36% of 77,098 applicants were admitted
   Women32% of 35,800 applicants were admitted
   Men39% of 41,298 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled4,996 (18%) of 27,580 admitted students enrolled
   Women2,873 (25%) of 11,393 admitted students enrolled
   Men2,123 (13%) of 16,187 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate 
Early Action Admission Rate 
Students Offered Wait List 5,830
Students Accepting Wait List Position 3,252
Students Admitted From Wait List 1,351
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA4.02 (based on weighted GPAs)
3.75 and Above86%
3.50 - 3.7411%
3.25 - 3.492%
3.00 - 3.241%
2.50 - 2.99 
2.00 - 2.49 
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math646 average
580-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
31%
Score of 600 - 700
41%
Score of 500 - 600
22%
Score of 400 - 500
6%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading619 average
560-670 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
17%
Score of 600 - 700
45%
Score of 500 - 600
31%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Writing630 average
570-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
22%
Score of 600 - 700
46%
Score of 500 - 600
27%
Score of 400 - 500
5%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite28 average
25-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
39%
Score of 24 - 29
45%
Score of 18 - 23
15%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class RankTop tenth: 100%
Top quarter: 100%
Top half: 100%
National Merit ScholarNot reported
ValedictorianNot reported
Class PresidentNot reported
Student Government OfficerNot reported
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CLASS OF 2022 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M ERW  
Average 3.63 3.97 660 647 29
Low 2.57 2.80 250 450 16
High 4.00 5.00 800 770 36
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