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Colleges / University of California, Riverside

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate66%
Acceptance Rate66%

UC Riverside Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to UC Riverside, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is November 30 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply to UC Riverside for fall semester should hear back from UC Riverside by March 31.

UC Riverside Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of UC Riverside's admissions stats.

UC Riverside 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 94%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist Yes

Continue reading for more information on UC Riverside's admissions stats.

Applying Early to UC Riverside?

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

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II No –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

UC Riverside does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UC Riverside?

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

In 2021, UC Riverside accepted 66% of all applicants, around 34,683 of the 52,675 students who applied.

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.

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

In 2022, UC Riverside waitlisted 12,162 students. Of those, 5,997 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does UC Riverside Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating 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 the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UC Riverside

What does UC Riverside consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

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 UC Riverside for more information on admission factors.

UC Riverside Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UC Riverside must submit the following items. Double check with UC 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
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UC Riverside?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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. 4.0. 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.

Students admitted to UC Riverside have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8

Out of all students that were admitted, 100% submitted a class rank. At UC Riverside 94% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of California, Riverside, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 27.2%
3.50 and 3.74 23.3%
3.25 and 3.49 11.6%
3.00 and 3.24 2.8%
2.50 and 2.9 0.5%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

UC Riverside doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

UC Riverside is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to University of California, Riverside

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to UC 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 UC Riverside during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Winter Term

UC Riverside Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UC Riverside?

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

Does UC Riverside accept transfer credits?

✅ UC Riverside accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does UC Riverside accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ UC Riverside accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UC Riverside?

✅ UC Riverside is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is UC Riverside's acceptance rate?

✅ UC Riverside's acceptance rate is 66%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UC Riverside?

❌ UC Riverside does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UC Riverside?

❌ UC Riverside does not offer eary action.

Want To Learn More About UC Riverside?

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UC Riverside Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into UC Riverside? UC Riverside is a very selective institution. The UC Riverside acceptance rate is 66%. This means that the institution accepts 65 out of every 100 applicants.


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 ACT Scores


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UC Riverside SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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UC Riverside GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UC Riverside, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.84. 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

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