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Chances of getting into California State University Fullerton

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
52.7%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Fullerton
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into Cal State Fullerton and can I get accepted? The school has a 53% acceptance rate ranking it #38 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 26,398 out of 50,105 applicants were admitted making Cal State Fullerton a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent. California State University Fullerton typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 18% 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 Fullerton 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.

Cal State Fullerton SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1030-1200
Applicants Submitting SAT
93%
SAT Scores for California State University Fullerton
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for California State University Fullerton
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1200
Average SAT Score 1120

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

California State University Fullerton typically prefers applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 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 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. The school ranks #42 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 93 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 Fullerton admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1200 and Above Good >66%
1115 to 1200 Avg + 53%-66%
1030 to 1115 Avg - 40%-53%
945 to 1030 Reach 28%-40%
Less than 945 Low <28%
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Cal State Fullerton ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
31%
ACT Scores for California State University Fullerton
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for California State University Fullerton
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Cal State Fullerton?

Admission data indicates that Cal State Fullerton regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #49 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 31 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Fullerton.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University Fullerton admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >68%
21 to 24 Avg + 53%-68%
19 to 21 Avg - 42%-53%
17 to 19 Reach 33%-42%
Less than 17 Low <33%
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Cal State Fullerton GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.48
Typical High School Grades
B+

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

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Cal State Fullerton. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Fullerton was 3.48 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #43 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Cal State Fullerton accepts 53% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted California State University Fullerton students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 21% Good
3.50 to 3.75 27% Good
3.25 to 3.50 29% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 17% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 6% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
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

61% of California State University Fullerton freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted California State University Fullerton students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 20%
Top 25% of class 61%
Top 50% of class 95%
Bottom 50% of class 5%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

California State University Fullerton admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 29,428 20,677 50,105
Accepted 16,235 10,163 26,398
Acceptance Rate 55% 49% 53%
Enrolled 2,838 1,940 4,778
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 19% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2020.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

California State University Fullerton 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 Fullerton
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=110565 IPEDS survey data for California State University Fullerton.

FAQs

Does California State University Fullerton prefer SAT or ACT?

93% of students submit their SAT scores to Cal State Fullerton. 31% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

53% of those who apply are granted admission to Cal State Fullerton. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California State University Fullerton?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1200. 93% 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 Fullerton?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 24. 31% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.