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Fall 2017 Application Webinars

Fall 2016 Admission Snapshots

Explore these snapshots of the admitted freshman and transfer class for fall 2016.

Freshman Profile 2016

  • Applications: 84,209
  • Admits: 28,285
  • Admit Rate: 34%
Home Location Applicants* Admits*
San Diego area 7% 7%
Los Angeles area 33% 31%
San Francisco area 16% 15%
other California 9% 9%
US/outside California 14% 20%
International 21% 20%
first generation 24% 22%

*does not equal 100% due to rounding

Admit Ranges & Averages

*based on Fall 2016 admitted class

GPA AVG: 4.13

likelihood of being admitted with this GPA*

4.00 and above
67%
3.70-3.99
20%
3.30-3.69
5%
Below 3.30
2%

ACT AVG: 30

likelihood of being admitted with this score*

31-36
61%
26-30
31%
21-25
21%
Below 20
22%

SAT READING AVG: 648

likelihood of being admitted with this score*

700-800
68%
600-690
43%
500-590
24%
Below 500
17%

SAT MATHEMATICS AVG: 689

likelihood of being admitted with this score*

700-800
51%
600-690
34%
500-590
23%
Below 500
16%

SAT WRITING AVG: 660

likelihood of being admitted with this score*

700-800
65%
600-690
37%
500-590
23%
Below 500
18%

TOEFL AVG: 104

IELTS: 7.5

Transfer Profile 2016

  • Applications: 18,487
  • Admits: 8,884
  • Admit Rate: 48%
Home Location Applicants* Admits*
San Diego area 12% 12%
Los Angeles area 41% 40%
San Francisco area 16% 16%
other California 10% 9%
US/outside California 3% 2%
International 19% 22%
first generation 36% 37%

*does not equal 100% due to rounding

Admit Ranges & Averages

*based on Fall 2016 admitted class

GPA AVG: 3.66

likelihood of being admitted with this GPA*

4.00
87%
3.70-3.99
86%
3.30-3.69
75%
Below 3.30
22%

Publications and Videos

2016 Recruitment Materials are available on the Media page.

New Major

  • Joint Psychology and Cognitive Science major (BS)
    • Neuroscience Specialization

Visit catalog.ucsd.edu to see the complete list of majors.

Capped Majors

On the UC Application, students should indicate their desired major. If it is on this list, they should also indicate an alternate major.

  • Biological Sciences (all majors)
  • Economics
  • Engineering (all majors)
  • Mathematics
  • Public Health

Personal Insight Questions

New on the UC Application

Freshmen:

  • Must answer 4 out of 8 questions
  • Each answer limited to 350 word maximum

Transfers:

  • Must answer 1 required question
  • Must also answer 3 out of 7 additional questions
  • Each answer limited to 350 word maximum

For full details, visit: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/personal-questions/

Portfolio Review

Freshman applicants may be asked to submit an optional supplemental application and/or a portfolio, audition or writing sample for faculty review, when applying to these majors:

  • Humanities
    • History
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
  • Music
    • Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts
    • Music
    • Music Humanities
  • Theatre & Dance
    • Dance
    • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
    • Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts
    • Media
    • Speculative Design
    • Studio

Visit artsandhumanities-ucsd.slideroom.com for full details.

Transfer Major Prep

Applicants to the following departments and the Jacobs School of Engineering must complete minimum coursework to be admitted into the major. Students will be screened for the number of courses completed, the grades earned in those courses and cumulative GPA.

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Visit admissions.ucsd.edu/MajorPrep for full details.