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Chances of getting into California State University Los Angeles

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
76%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Los Angeles
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Cal State LA and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Cal State LA is 76%.  It ranks #63 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. California State University Los Angeles is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 24,046 out of 31,442 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 82 percent (SAT 870/1060 ACT 15/20). California State University Los Angeles typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.32. 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. California State University Los Angeles is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Cal State LA SAT Scores

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

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

California State University Los Angeles typically prefers applicants to be in the top 82 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 870 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 770. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 970 out of 1600. Cal State LA ranks #64 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 96 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California State University Los Angeles admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1060 and Above Good >86%
965 to 1060 Avg + 76%-86%
870 to 965 Avg - 62%-76%
775 to 870 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 775 Low <47%
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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
ACT Reading 25th 14
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 15
ACT Scores for California State University Los Angeles
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 21
ACT Math 75th 20
ACT Composite 75th 20
Average ACT Score 17

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Cal State LA regularly accepts students with ACT's of 15 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 81 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 12 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 18 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 20 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #65 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Los Angeles.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University Los Angeles admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
20 and Above Good >87%
17 to 20 Avg + 76%-87%
15 to 17 Avg - 65%-76%
13 to 15 Reach 53%-65%
Less than 13 Low <53%
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Cal State LA GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.32
Typical High School Grades 
B+

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

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Cal State LA. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Los Angeles was 3.32 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #68 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.32 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Cal State LA accepts 76% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted California State University Los Angeles students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 1.1% Good
3.75 to 3.99 15.66% Good
3.50 to 3.74 18.01% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 21.32% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 22.29% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 20.09% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.48% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.05% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

California State University Los Angeles admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,615 12,827 31,442
Accepted 14,959 9,087 24,046
Acceptance Rate 80% 71% 76%
Enrolled 2,376 1,624 4,000
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 18% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 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 Los Angeles
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=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?

76% 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. 96% 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 Los Angeles?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 15 and 20. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.