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Cal State Long Beach Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Cal State Long Beach? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 19,650 out of 58,109 applicants or 34% were admitted making Cal State Long Beach a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores. California State University Long Beach typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 34,615 23,494 58,109
Accepted 12,020 7,630 19,650
Acceptance Rate 35% 32% 34%
Enrolled 2,644 1,862 4,506
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 24% 23%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to California State University Long Beach and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Cal State Long Beach regularly accepts students with ACTs of 20 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Long Beach.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 895. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1125 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 94 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1010 1240
SAT Reading 500 620
SAT Math 510 620
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT English 19 26
ACT Math 20 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >47%
23 to 26 Avg + 34%-47%
20 to 23 Avg - 23%-34%
17 to 20 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 17 Low <15%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1240 and Above Good >47%
1125 to 1240 Avg + 34%-47%
1010 to 1125 Avg - 23%-34%
895 to 1010 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 895 Low <15%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into California State University Long Beach. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Long Beach was 3.5 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Cal State Long Beach will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 25% Good
3.50 to 3.75 29% Good
3.25 to 3.50 24% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 15% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 7% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

You have 65 days left until the Fall 2018 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California State University Long Beach and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110583 IPEDS survey data for California State University Long Beach.