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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
31.2%
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 31% acceptance rate ranking it #18 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 21,725 out of 69,610 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 51 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
1040-1250
Applicants Submitting SAT
95%
SAT Scores for California State University Long Beach
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1040
SAT Scores for California State University Long Beach
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1250
Average SAT Score 1150

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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 53 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1040 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 930. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1150 out of 1600. The school ranks #35 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 95 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
1250 and Above Good >43%
1145 to 1250 Avg + 31%-43%
1040 to 1145 Avg - 21%-31%
935 to 1040 Reach 13%-21%
Less than 935 Low <13%
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Cal State Long Beach ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
27%
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 26
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 #39 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 27 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 >43%
23 to 26 Avg + 31%-43%
20 to 23 Avg - 21%-31%
17 to 20 Reach 13%-21%
Less than 17 Low <13%
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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 #41 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 Competitiveness
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 40,630 28,980 69,610
Accepted 12,884 8,841 21,725
Acceptance Rate 32% 31% 31%
Enrolled 2,860 2,052 4,912
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 23% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2019.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

95% of students submit their SAT scores to Cal State Long Beach. 27% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

31% of those who apply are granted admission to Cal State Long Beach. Admission competition is high and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1040 and 1250. 95% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 27% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.