Chances of getting into California State University Monterey Bay

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
58.5%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Monterey Bay
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into CSUMB and can I get accepted? The school has a 59% acceptance rate ranking it #54 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,270 out of 12,423 applicants were admitted making CSUMB a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 68 percent. California State University Monterey Bay typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 14% 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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CSUMB SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
960-1160
Applicants Submitting SAT
92%
SAT Scores for California State University Monterey Bay
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for California State University Monterey Bay
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1160
Average SAT Score 1060

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to California State University Monterey Bay?

California State University Monterey Bay typically requires applicants to be in the top 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 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 860. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1060 out of 1600. The school ranks #55 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 92 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 Monterey Bay admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1160 and Above Good >71%
1060 to 1160 Avg + 59%-71%
960 to 1060 Avg - 46%-59%
860 to 960 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 860 Low <33%
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CSUMB ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
17-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT
40%
ACT Scores for California State University Monterey Bay
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for California State University Monterey Bay
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into CSUMB?

Admission data indicates that CSUMB regularly accepts students with ACT's of 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #66 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Monterey Bay.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University Monterey Bay admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >71%
20 to 23 Avg + 59%-71%
17 to 20 Avg - 46%-59%
14 to 17 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 14 Low <33%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.2
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into California State University Monterey Bay. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Monterey Bay was 3.2 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #73 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CSUMB accepts 59% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted California State University Monterey Bay students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 8% Good
3.50 to 3.75 17% Good
3.25 to 3.50 24% Good
3.00 to 3.25 23% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 24% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 4% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

87% of California State University Monterey Bay freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted California State University Monterey Bay students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15%
Top 25% of class 48%
Top 50% of class 87%
Bottom 50% of class 13%
Bottom 25% of class 3%

Admission Statistics

California State University Monterey Bay admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,865 4,558 12,423
Accepted 4,804 2,466 7,270
Acceptance Rate 61% 54% 59%
Enrolled 634 366 1,000
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 15% 14%

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 Monterey Bay and what considerations affect admission decisions?

California State University Monterey Bay 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 Monterey Bay
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=409698 IPEDS survey data for California State University Monterey Bay.

Frequently Asked Questions

92% of students submit their SAT scores to CSUMB. 40% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

59% of those who apply are granted admission to CSUMB. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 960 and 1160. 92% 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 17 and 23. 40% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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