By Allen Grove
UC San Diego admits around a third of applicants, making it one of the more selective public universities in the country. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As the data shows, the majority of students who got into UCSD had at least a B+ average, an SAT score (CR+M+W) above 1700, and an ACT composite score of 24 or higher. Chances of admission improve as those numbers go up. Realize that behind all that green and blue on the graph is a lot of red. Having grades and test scores that are on target for UCSD is not a guarantee of admission, especially if some application components don't compare favorably to the rest of the applicant pool.
UCSD, like all of the University of California schools, has holistic admissions, so the university will be looking at more than numerical data. Students with an impressive talent or a compelling personal story will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't up to the ideal. Impressive extracurricular activities and winning essays are important parts of a successful application to UCSD.
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