Chances of getting into California State University Long Beach
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
Applicants Submitting SAT95%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||520|
|SAT Math 25th||520|
|SAT Composite 25th||1040|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||620|
|SAT Math 75th||630|
|SAT Composite 75th||1250|
|Average SAT Score||1150|
SAT Scores you need to get in
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.
|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%|
Cal State Long Beach ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT27%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||19|
|ACT Math 25th||19|
|ACT Composite 25th||20|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.5
Typical High School GradesB+
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||22%||23%||23%|
Applications were DueNov 30, 2019
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to California State University Long Beach and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.