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Colleges / University of California, Riverside

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate69%
Acceptance Rate69%

UC Riverside Admissions

It is very difficult to get into University of California, Riverside. Around 69% of applicants get into University of California, Riverside each year. Last year, 53,787 students applied to University of California, Riverside and 37,163 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to University of California, Riverside, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 11/30 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Students who submit their applications to University of California, Riverside for fall should anticipate a decision by March 31.

University of California, Riverside Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of University of California, Riverside's admissions stats.

University of California, Riverside 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Waitlist Yes

University of California, Riverside Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of California, Riverside.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 11 30 March 31

Want to Apply Early to University of California, Riverside?


University of California, Riverside does not offer early decision or early action.

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Is University of California, Riverside Hard To Get Into?

Getting into UC Riverside is very difficult. UC Riverside evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, UC Riverside accepted 69% of all applicants, about 37,163 from 53,787 applicants.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UC Riverside, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of California, Riverside

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to University of California, Riverside

University of California, Riverside has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of California, Riverside Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at University of California, Riverside

Wondering what factors are considered by University of California, Riverside during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of California, Riverside for more information on admission factors.

University of California, Riverside Application Requirements

To apply to University of California, Riverside, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with University of California, Riverside's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing


What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of California, Riverside?

Students admitted to University of California, Riverside have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of California, Riverside does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to University of California, Riverside

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to University of California, Riverside.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by March 31.

Transfer students can enroll in University of California, Riverside during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term


University of California, Riverside Admissions FAQs


Can I defer my acceptance to University of California, Riverside?

❌ Students who are admitted to University of California, Riverside must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does University of California, Riverside accept transfer credits?

✅ University of California, Riverside accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does University of California, Riverside accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of California, Riverside accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of California, Riverside?

✅ University of California, Riverside is not test optional.

What is University of California, Riverside's acceptance rate?

✅ University of California, Riverside's acceptance rate is 69%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of California, Riverside?

❌ University of California, Riverside does not offer early decision.

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UC Riverside Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

69%

How hard is it to get into UC Riverside? UC Riverside is a very selective institution. The UC Riverside acceptance rate is 69%. This means that the institution accepts 69 out of every 100 applicants.

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UC Riverside Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UC Riverside is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UC Riverside is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UC Riverside SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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UC Riverside GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.94

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UC Riverside, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.94. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

26,809

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

69%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$15,236

Out-of-State

$47,810

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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