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Long Beach, California

Cal State Long Beach Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into California State University Long Beach

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
28%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Long Beach
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Cal State Long Beach and can I get accepted? The school has a 28% acceptance rate ranking it #11 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 17,650 out of 63,048 applicants were admitted making Cal State Long Beach a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 45 percent. 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.

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Cal State Long Beach SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1100-1300
Applicants Submitting SAT
93%
SAT Scores for California State University Long Beach
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for California State University Long Beach
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1300
Average SAT Score 1200

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

California State University Long Beach typically requires applicants to be in the top 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 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 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #37 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California State University Long Beach admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1300 and Above Good >40%
1200 to 1300 Avg + 28%-40%
1100 to 1200 Avg - 19%-28%
1000 to 1100 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 1000 Low <12%
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Cal State Long Beach ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
31%
ACT Scores for California State University Long Beach
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for California State University Long Beach
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Cal State Long Beach regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. 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. The school ranks #37 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 31 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Long Beach.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University Long Beach admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >40%
23 to 26 Avg + 28%-40%
20 to 23 Avg - 19%-28%
17 to 20 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 17 Low <12%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.5
Typical High School Grades
B+

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. The school ranks #35 in California for highest average GPA. 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's for admitted California State University Long Beach students
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 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

California State University Long Beach admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 37,044 26,004 63,048
Accepted 10,640 7,010 17,650
Acceptance Rate 29% 27% 28%
Enrolled 2,490 1,648 4,138
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 24% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply
49

Applicants have 49 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Cal State Long Beach before the Nov 30 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14

Admission Requirements

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

California State University Long Beach Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at California State University Long Beach
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.