ACT Scores for Admission to Cal State

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

California State University Los Angeles
California State University Los Angeles. Justefrain / Wikimedia Commons

If you're wondering if you have the ACT scores you'll need to get into one of the California State University schools, here's a handy side-by-side comparison chart of scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these 23 public universities in the Cal State system.

Cal State ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
Bakersfield------see graph
Cal Maritime------see graph
Cal Poly Pomona202719262028see graph
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo263125332632see graph
Channel Islands------see graph
Chico192417241824see graph
Dominguez Hills------see graph
East Bay------see graph
Fresno162215221622see graph
Fullerton192418241825see graph
Humboldt State182417241724see graph
Long Beach202619261927see graph
Los Angeles152014201621see graph
Monterey Bay------see graph
Northridge162315221623see graph
Sacramento172215221723see graph
San Bernardino162014191620see graph
San Diego State232822282328see graph
San Francisco State182416241724see graph
San Jose State202518251826see graph
San Marcos182317231724see graph
Sonoma State192418241824see graph
Stanislaus------see graph
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Realize, of course, that ACT scores are just one part of the application. The Cal State admissions officers will also be looking for a strong high school record, work or volunteer experience, a good essay, and meaningful extracurricular activities. And remember that 25% of enrolled students scored below these ranges--if you're scores aren't up to par, you still have a chance of being admitted, provided the rest of your application is strong.

To get a visual idea of what these numbers mean, click on the "see graph" link at the right of each row. There, you'll find a graph of how other applicants fared--how many were admitted, rejected, or waitlisted, and what their grades/standardized tests scores were. In some cases, you'll find that some students with higher scores were not admitted to a school, with some students with lower scores were admitted. This shows that even with lower scores, if the rest of your application is strong, you can still be admitted.

You can also check out these other ACT links (or SAT links):

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ACT Tables by State: AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | DC | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | 
LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | 
OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY

Data from National Center for Educational Statistics