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California State University-Northridge Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into California State University-Northridge? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 15,706 out of 34,444 applicants or 46% were admitted making California State University-Northridge a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores. California State University Northridge typically accepts and attracts B average high school students. Only 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 19,492 14,952 34,444
Accepted 9,075 6,631 15,706
Acceptance Rate 47% 44% 46%
Enrolled 3,085 2,552 5,637
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 34% 38% 36%

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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 Northridge 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 California State University-Northridge regularly accepts students with ACTs of 16 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 13 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 19 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 22 and above have very competitive chances. 22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Northridge.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 870 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 760. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 980 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 91 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 870 1090
SAT Reading 440 550
SAT Math 430 540
ACT Composite 16 22
ACT English 15 22
ACT Math 16 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
22 and Above Good >59%
19 to 22 Avg + 46%-59%
16 to 19 Avg - 33%-46%
13 to 16 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 13 Low <23%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1090 and Above Good >59%
980 to 1090 Avg + 46%-59%
870 to 980 Avg - 33%-46%
760 to 870 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 760 Low <23%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need about average high school grades to get into California State University Northridge. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Northridge was 3.18 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to California State University-Northridge 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+ 0% Good
3.50 to 3.75 0% Good
3.25 to 3.50 0% Good
3.00 to 3.25 68% Good
2.75 to 3.00 0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 32% Avg -
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 Northridge and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
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=110608 IPEDS survey data for California State University Northridge.