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California State University-Northridge Admission Requirements

Northridge, California

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Chances of getting into California State University Northridge

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
66%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Northridge
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into California State University-Northridge and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at California State University-Northridge is 66%.  It ranks #46 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. California State University-Northridge is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 18,271 out of 27,765 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 76 percent (SAT 900/1110 ACT 16/22). California State University Northridge typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.39. 22% 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 Northridge is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

California State University-Northridge SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
900-1110
Applicants Submitting SAT 
94%
SAT Scores for California State University Northridge
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 460
SAT Math 25th 440
SAT Composite 25th 900
SAT Scores for California State University Northridge
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 560
SAT Math 75th 550
SAT Composite 75th 1110
Average SAT Score 1010

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

California State University Northridge typically prefers applicants to be in the top 78 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 900 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 1010 out of 1600. California State University-Northridge ranks #59 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 94 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 Northridge admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1110 and Above Good >79%
1005 to 1110 Avg + 66%-79%
900 to 1005 Avg - 51%-66%
795 to 900 Reach 35%-51%
Less than 795 Low <35%
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California State University-Northridge ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
16-22 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
22%
ACT Scores for California State University Northridge
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 15
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 16
ACT Scores for California State University Northridge
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 22
ACT Composite 75th 22
Average ACT Score 19

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into California State University-Northridge?

Admission data indicates that California State University-Northridge regularly accepts students with ACT's of 16 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 75 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 13 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 19 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 22 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #57 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Northridge.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University Northridge admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
22 and Above Good >79%
19 to 22 Avg + 66%-79%
16 to 19 Avg - 51%-66%
13 to 16 Reach 35%-51%
Less than 13 Low <35%
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California State University-Northridge GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.39
Typical High School Grades 
B+

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

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into California State University-Northridge. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Northridge was 3.39 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #63 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as California State University-Northridge accepts 66% of students who apply.

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

California State University Northridge admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,726 12,039 27,765
Accepted 10,813 7,458 18,271
Acceptance Rate 69% 62% 66%
Enrolled 2,162 1,854 4,016
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 25% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

California State University Northridge 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 Northridge
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=110608 IPEDS survey data for California State University Northridge.

FAQs

Does California State University Northridge prefer SAT or ACT?

94% of students submit their SAT scores to California State University-Northridge. 22% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into California State University Northridge?

66% of those who apply are granted admission to California State University-Northridge. Admission competition is low 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 Northridge?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 900 and 1110. 94% 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 Northridge?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 16 and 22. 22% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.