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Chances of getting into California State University Monterey Bay

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
86%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Monterey Bay
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into CSUMB and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at CSUMB is 86%.  It ranks #0 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. California State University Monterey Bay is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 9,813 out of 11,461 applicants were admitted.

The school has very easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 68 percent (SAT 960/1160 ACT 17/23). California State University Monterey Bay typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.41. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 9% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The CSUMB application fee is $70 and applications are due by Jan 2.

Testing Requirements

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

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

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

California State University Monterey Bay typically prefers 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 average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1060 out of 1600. CSUMB ranks #0 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >92%
1060 to 1160 Avg + 86%-92%
960 to 1060 Avg - 76%-86%
860 to 960 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 860 Low <63%
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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 16
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for California State University Monterey Bay
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
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 #0 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Monterey Bay.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >92%
20 to 23 Avg + 86%-92%
17 to 20 Avg - 76%-86%
14 to 17 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 14 Low <63%
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CSUMB GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.41
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into California State University Monterey Bay?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into CSUMB. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Monterey Bay was 3.41 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #0 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.41 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as CSUMB accepts 86% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted California State University Monterey Bay students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 9.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 17.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 20.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 18.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 19.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 16.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

84% 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 14%
Top 25% of class 43%
Top 50% of class 84%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

California State University Monterey Bay admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,472 3,989 11,461
Accepted 6,530 3,283 9,813
Acceptance Rate 87% 82% 86%
Enrolled 571 308 879
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 9% 9% 9%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 2, 2023
Days left to Apply
33

Applicants have 33 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 2, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to California State University Monterey Bay is $70.

Application Requirements

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

California State University Monterey Bay 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 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.

FAQs

Does California State University Monterey Bay prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into California State University Monterey Bay?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to CSUMB. Admission competition is and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California State University Monterey Bay?

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.

What ACT score is required for California State University Monterey Bay?

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.