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Cal State Long Beach Admission Requirements

Long Beach, California

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Chances of getting into California State University Long Beach

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
42.1%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Long Beach
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Cal State Long Beach and can I get accepted? The school has a 42% acceptance rate ranking it #22 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 28,400 out of 67,426 applicants were admitted making Cal State Long Beach a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 53 percent. California State University Long Beach typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. California State University Long Beach 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 Long Beach SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1020-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT
95%
SAT Scores for California State University Long Beach
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for California State University Long Beach
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1130

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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 prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 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 910. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1130 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California State University Long Beach admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1240 and Above Good >55%
1130 to 1240 Avg + 42%-55%
1020 to 1130 Avg - 30%-42%
910 to 1020 Reach 20%-30%
Less than 910 Low <20%
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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 18
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 #34 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 27 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Long Beach.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >55%
23 to 26 Avg + 42%-55%
20 to 23 Avg - 30%-42%
17 to 20 Reach 20%-30%
Less than 17 Low <20%
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Cal State Long Beach GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA
3.68
Typical High School Grades
B+

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

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Cal State Long Beach. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Long Beach was 3.68 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #28 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?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

California State University Long Beach admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 40,290 27,136 67,426
Accepted 17,656 10,744 28,400
Acceptance Rate 44% 40% 42%
Enrolled 3,017 1,891 4,908
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 18% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2021.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

California State University Long Beach 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 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.

FAQs

Does California State University Long Beach prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into California State University Long Beach?

42% of those who apply are granted admission to Cal State Long Beach. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California State University Long Beach?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1240. 95% 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 Long Beach?

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.