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California State University-Northridge Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into California State University Northridge

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
59.3%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Northridge
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into California State University-Northridge and can I get accepted? The school has a 59% acceptance rate ranking it #48 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 18,194 out of 30,661 applicants were admitted making California State University-Northridge 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 76 percent. California State University Northridge typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. California State University Northridge is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

California State University-Northridge SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
910-1130
Applicants Submitting SAT
94%
SAT Scores for California State University Northridge
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 460
SAT Math 25th 450
SAT Composite 25th 910
SAT Scores for California State University Northridge
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1130
Average SAT Score 1020

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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 76 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 910 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 800. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1020 out of 1600. The school ranks #65 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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
1130 and Above Good >71%
1020 to 1130 Avg + 59%-71%
910 to 1020 Avg - 46%-59%
800 to 910 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 800 Low <33%
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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 22
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 #64 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Northridge.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >71%
19 to 22 Avg + 59%-71%
16 to 19 Avg - 46%-59%
13 to 16 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 13 Low <33%
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California State University-Northridge GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.18
Typical High School Grades
B

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

Applicants need about 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 3.18 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #75 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 59% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted California State University Northridge students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ N/A% Good
3.50 to 3.75 N/A% Good
3.25 to 3.50 N/A% Good
3.00 to 3.25 68% Good
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 32% Avg -
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

California State University Northridge admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,198 13,463 30,661
Accepted 10,764 7,430 18,194
Acceptance Rate 63% 55% 59%
Enrolled 2,737 2,055 4,792
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 28% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Application Fee

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

Admission 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 Admission 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?

59% 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 910 and 1130. 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.