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 nine thousand students per year.

Students can submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores at CSULB. A score in the range of 1040 - 1250 on the SAT exam, or 20 - 26 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 3.06 - 3.38. Roughly 40% of all applicant were accepted at California State University-Long Beach, and from those that were granted acceptance about 18% continued on to enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected CSULB acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 32%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall CSULB Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for California State University-Long Beach was reported as 39.3% in Fall 2020 with over 71,400 college 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: 20 - 26
  • CSULB Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

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 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for California State University-Long Beach has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 31.9%
  • 2017-2018: 28.0%
  • 2018-2019: 31.2%
  • 2019-2020: 39.3%
  • Projected CSULB Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 31.6%

How Does CSULB Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California State University-Long Beach is forty-four percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California State University-Dominguez Hills77.0%
California State University-Fullerton52.7%
University of California-Irvine26.5%
University of Southern California11.4%
California State University-Los Angeles47.8%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CSULB (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 620
Math520 - 630
Total Score1040 - 1250
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math19 - 26
Composite Score20 - 26
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