With an acceptance rate of less than 50%, the University of California at Santa Barbara is one of the country's more selective public universities. On the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As the data shows, the majority of students who got into UC Santa Barbara had at least a B+ average, an SAT score (CR+M+W) above 1600, and an ACT composite score of 23 or higher. Chances of admission improve as those numbers go higher. In the center part of the graph, note that there's a lot of red hidden beneath the blue and green. Many students with scores and grades that are on target for UCSB still get rejected because other parts of their applications don't compare favorably to the rest of the applicant pool.
UCSB, like all of the University of California schools, has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. Students who show some kind of special talent or have a compelling story to tell 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 an important part of a successful application to UCSB.
To learn more about UC Santa Barbara, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- UC Santa Barbara Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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