Chances of getting into California State University Los Angeles

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
41.5%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Los Angeles
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Cal State LA and can I get accepted? The school has a 42% acceptance rate ranking it #27 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 16,548 out of 39,854 applicants were admitted making Cal State LA a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 80 percent. California State University Los Angeles typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Cal State LA SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
890-1080
Applicants Submitting SAT
96%
SAT Scores for California State University Los Angeles
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 450
SAT Math 25th 440
SAT Composite 25th 890
SAT Scores for California State University Los Angeles
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 540
SAT Math 75th 540
SAT Composite 75th 1080
Average SAT Score 990

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

California State University Los Angeles typically requires applicants to be in the top 79 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 890 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 790. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 990 out of 1600. The school ranks #72 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California State University Los Angeles admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1080 and Above Good >55%
985 to 1080 Avg + 42%-55%
890 to 985 Avg - 30%-42%
795 to 890 Reach 20%-30%
Less than 795 Low <20%
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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 20
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 #77 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Los Angeles.

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 >58%
17 to 20 Avg + 42%-58%
15 to 17 Avg - 32%-42%
13 to 15 Reach 24%-32%
Less than 13 Low <24%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.18
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into California State University Los Angeles. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Los Angeles was 3.18 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #74 in California for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Cal State LA 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 Los Angeles students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 7% Good
3.50 to 3.75 14% Good
3.25 to 3.50 21% Good
3.00 to 3.25 26% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 29% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 2% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 1% Reach

High School Class Rank

100% of California State University Los Angeles freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted California State University Los Angeles students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 0%
Top 25% of class 3%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

California State University Los Angeles admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 23,274 16,580 39,854
Accepted 10,080 6,468 16,548
Acceptance Rate 43% 39% 42%
Enrolled 2,211 1,651 3,862
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 26% 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 Los Angeles and what considerations affect admission decisions?

California State University Los Angeles 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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 890 and 1080. 96% 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 15 and 20. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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