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Your chances of getting into California State University Los Angeles

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

90.5%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Los Angeles
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Cal State LA is 90.5%.  Its admission rate is the 83rd lowest in California.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Cal State LA and can you get accepted?

California State University Los Angeles is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 26,459 out of the 29,223 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 82 percent on standardized admission tests. California State University Los Angeles typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.31. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Cal State LA?

91% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to California State University Los Angeles you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.31 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 970 on the SAT
  • Score 17 on the ACT

Cal State LA GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.31

Typical High School Grades 

B+

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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Cal State LA are to have around a 3.31 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.31 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Cal State LA accepts 91% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Cal State LA is 3.31 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #69 in California for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Cal State LA is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted California State University Los Angeles students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 1.37% Good
3.75 to 3.99 16.75% Good
3.50 to 3.74 17.6% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 18.85% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 21.68% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 20.78% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.97% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Cal State LA SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by California State University Los Angeles.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

870-1060

Applicants Submitting SAT 

96%
SAT Scores for California State University Los Angeles
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 440
Math 25th Percentile 430
Composite 25th Percentile 870
SAT Scores for California State University Los Angeles
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 530
Math 75th Percentile 530
Composite 75th Percentile 1060
Average SAT Score 970

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to California State University Los Angeles?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Cal State LA is 970 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 870-1060. Students who get into California State University Los Angeles score in the top 82 percent of all SAT test takers..  Cal State LA ranks #68 in the state of California for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 970 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Cal State LA regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 870 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 870, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 770, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

California State University Los Angeles is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "neither required nor recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 970 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 965, you have around a 91% chance of being admitted. A 1060 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 95% chance of getting in.

California State University Los Angeles admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1060 and Above Good >95%
965 to 1060 Avg + 91%-95%
870 to 965 Avg - 84%-91%
775 to 870 Reach 74%-84%
Less than 775 Low <74%
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Cal State LA ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

15-20 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

39%
ACT Scores for California State University Los Angeles
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 14
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 15
ACT Scores for California State University Los Angeles
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 21
Math 75th Percentile 20
Composite 75th Percentile 20
Average ACT Score 17

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Cal State LA is 17, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 15 and 20.  The school ranks #66 in California for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 17. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 15 and score in the score in the top 81 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 12.

39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Los Angeles.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as California State University Los Angeles is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "neither required nor recommended".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Cal State LA for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 17 score has around 91% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 96% with a 20 ACT score.

California State University Los Angeles admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
20 and Above Good >96%
17 to 20 Avg + 91%-96%
15 to 17 Avg - 86%-91%
13 to 15 Reach 78%-86%
Less than 13 Low <78%
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Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

California State University Los Angeles admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,587 11,636 29,223
Accepted 16,249 10,210 26,459
Acceptance Rate 92% 88% 91%
Enrolled 2,384 1,711 4,095
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 17% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 19, 2024

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 19, 2024.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

California State University Los Angeles Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor 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 Los Angeles
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because California State University Los Angeles is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.31 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 970 and ACT of 17 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110592 IPEDS survey data for California State University Los Angeles.

FAQs

Does California State University Los Angeles prefer SAT or ACT?

96% of students submit their SAT scores to Cal State LA. 39% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into California State University Los Angeles?

91% of those who apply are granted admission to Cal State LA. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California State University Los Angeles?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 870 and 1060. The average SAT score is 965. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for California State University Los Angeles?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 15 and 20. The average ACT score is 17. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.