California State University-Los Angeles (Cal State LA)

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California State University-Los Angeles can be found in Los Angeles, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Cal State LA enrolls about 27,000 students per year.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores between 890 (25th percentile) to 1080 (75th percentile) on the SAT and within the range of 15 (25th percentile) to 20 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants accepted to Cal State LA. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Cal State LA average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.64 - 2.97. California State University-Los Angeles sends acceptance letters to roughly 50 percent of those that apply. Of those that are accepted, around 20 percent attended the school. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Cal State LA acceptance rate 2021 will be around 44%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Cal State LA Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for California State University-Los Angeles was reported as 47.8% in Fall 2020 with over 33,600 college applications submitted to Cal State LA. 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

  • Cal State LA ACT Scores: 15 - 20
  • Cal State LA Average GPA: 2.64 - 2.97

How Hard Is It to Get into California State University-Los Angeles?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

When considering the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores of students accepted to Cal State LA and comparing to other schools nationwide, applicant selectivity is lower than most other schools.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for California State University-Los Angeles has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 63.7%
  • 2017-2018: 46.4%
  • 2018-2019: 41.5%
  • 2019-2020: 47.8%
  • Projected Cal State LA Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 44.4%

How Does Cal State LA Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Cal State LA is nineteen percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Southern California11.4%
California State University-Dominguez Hills77.0%
University of California-Los Angeles12.3%
California State University-Long Beach39.3%
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona54.6%

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 Cal State LA (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading450 - 540
Math440 - 540
Total Score890 - 1080
ACT®Score Range
English14 - 20
Math16 - 19
Composite Score15 - 20
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