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California State University-Fresno Admission Requirements

Fresno, California

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Chances of getting into California State University Fresno

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
57.9%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Fresno
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into California State University-Fresno and can I get accepted? The school has a 58% acceptance rate ranking it #47 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 10,501 out of 18,123 applicants were admitted making California State University-Fresno a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 73 percent. California State University Fresno typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. California State University Fresno is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

California State University-Fresno SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
940-1130
Applicants Submitting SAT
97%
SAT Scores for California State University Fresno
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 940
SAT Scores for California State University Fresno
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1130
Average SAT Score 1040

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to California State University Fresno?

California State University Fresno typically prefers applicants to be in the top 71 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 940 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 840. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1040 out of 1600. The school ranks #62 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 97 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California State University Fresno admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1130 and Above Good >70%
1035 to 1130 Avg + 58%-70%
940 to 1035 Avg - 45%-58%
845 to 940 Reach 32%-45%
Less than 845 Low <32%
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California State University-Fresno ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
16-22 
Applicants Submitting ACT
34%
ACT Scores for California State University Fresno
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 15
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 16
ACT Scores for California State University Fresno
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 22
ACT Math 75th 22
ACT Composite 75th 22
Average ACT Score 19

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into California State University-Fresno?

Admission data indicates that California State University-Fresno regularly accepts students with ACT's of 16 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 75 percent nationally. 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. The school ranks #63 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 34 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Fresno.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University Fresno admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
22 and Above Good >70%
19 to 22 Avg + 58%-70%
16 to 19 Avg - 45%-58%
13 to 16 Reach 32%-45%
Less than 13 Low <32%
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California State University-Fresno GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.33
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into California State University Fresno?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into California State University-Fresno. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Fresno was 3.33 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #54 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as California State University-Fresno accepts 58% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted California State University Fresno students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 18% Good
3.50 to 3.75 16% Good
3.25 to 3.50 19% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 23% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 23% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

80% of California State University Fresno freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted California State University Fresno students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15%
Top 25% of class 80%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

California State University Fresno admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,585 7,538 18,123
Accepted 6,380 4,121 10,501
Acceptance Rate 60% 55% 58%
Enrolled 1,958 1,376 3,334
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 33% 32%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
185

Applicants have 185 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to California State University Fresno is $70.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California State University Fresno and what student information is used for admission decisions?

California State University Fresno Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at California State University Fresno
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=110556 IPEDS survey data for California State University Fresno.

FAQs

Does California State University Fresno prefer SAT or ACT?

97% of students submit their SAT scores to California State University-Fresno. 34% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into California State University Fresno?

58% of those who apply are granted admission to California State University-Fresno. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California State University Fresno?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 940 and 1130. 97% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for California State University Fresno?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 16 and 22. 34% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.