California State University at Los Angeles Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

California State University Los Angeles was founded in 1947 as the Southern Branch of the California State College System. The first classes were held in 1949. The first buildings were constructed on the campus in 1951 and by 1953, the first dormitories were opened. In 1959, the college was renamed California State College at Los Angeles and then in 1972 it was renamed to its current name: California State University Los Angeles.

Throughout its history, CSULA has grown substantially both physically and academically. In 1981, CSULA opened a new library building that would eventually become one of the largest university libraries in California. Since then, the physical size of CSULA has tripled with new buildings added for student housing, research laboratories and classrooms. The academic offerings have also expanded over time to include more than 100 undergraduate degrees, 75 master’s degrees and a wide variety of professional certificates. In addition to classroom learning, students can take advantage of internships and other experiential learning opportunities with local businesses and organizations throughout Los Angeles County.

California State University at Los Angeles, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of California State University at Los Angeles. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about California State University at Los Angeles, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

California State University at Los Angeles is a public university located in Los Angeles, California. It is one of the 23 campuses in the California State University system and has an enrollment of over 27,000 students. The university has an acceptance rate of 68%, meaning that out of every 100 applicants, 68 will be accepted. The average GPA for admitted students is 3.0. Additionally, the average SAT score for accepted students is 1050 and the average ACT score is 20. The most popular majors at Cal State LA are Business Administration, Psychology, Biological Sciences, Health Science and Nursing. The university also offers over 100 undergraduate degree programs and more than 60 graduate programs for its students to choose from. Moreover, Cal State LA provides many different resources to help its students succeed both academically and professionally such as career services, counseling services and tutoring centers.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 57%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 57%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 22,731
Female applicants 13,837
Male applicants 8,894
Applicants accepted 12,996
Female applicants accepted 8,015
Male applicants accepted 4,981
Freshman enrollment 2,061
Female freshman enrollment 1,238
Male freshman enrollment 823
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 93%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 100%
Average high school GPA 3.1
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 2.9-3.4

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 95%
SAT Critical Reading average score 439
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 380-490
SAT Math average score 451
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 390-510
SAT Writing average score 442
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 390-490
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 29%
Average ACT Composite score 18
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 15-20
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 13-20
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 16-21