California State University-Long Beach (CSULB)

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California State University-Long Beach can be found in Long Beach, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. CSULB enrolls nearly thirty four thousand students per year.

Students can submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores at CSULB. A score in the range of 900 - 1140 on the SAT exam, or 18 - 24 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the CSULB average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.89 - 3.25. Roughly 30% of all applicant were accepted at California State University-Long Beach, and from those that were granted acceptance about 25% continued on to enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected CSULB acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 32%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall CSULB Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for California State University-Long Beach was reported as 30.8% in Fall 2012 with over 55,000 applications submitted to California State University-Long Beach. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CSULB ACT Scores: 18 - 24
  • CSULB Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into California State University-Long Beach?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of California State University-Long Beach is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for CSULB has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 42.0%
  • 2009-2010: 31.8%
  • 2010-2011: 34.4%
  • 2011-2012: 30.4%
  • 2012-2013: 30.8%
  • Projected CSULB Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 32.2%

How Does CSULB Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California State University-Long Beach is eighty percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California State University-Dominguez Hills57.5%
California State University-Fullerton45.8%
University of California-Irvine42.4%
University of Southern California19.8%
California State University-Los Angeles67.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CSULB (Fall 2012)

ACT®Score Range
English17 - 24
Math18 - 26
Composite Score18 - 24
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