Cal State University Channel Islands: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

The Bell Tower at CSUCI, Cal State University Channel Islands
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California State University, Channel Islands is a public university with an acceptance rate of 85%. Located in Camarillo, northwest of Los Angeles, Cal State Channel Islands was founded in 2002 and is the youngest of the 23 universities in the Cal State system. The university offers 26 undergraduate majors and 26 minors with an average class size of 21. CSUCI's curriculum emphasizes experiential and service learning.

Considering applying to Cal State Channel Islands? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Cal State Channel Islands had an acceptance rate of 85%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 85 students were admitted, making CSUCI's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 11,444
Percent Admitted 85%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 9%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Cal State Channel Islands requires that most applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. Note that California applicants with an average GPA of 3.0 and above, and non-residents with an average GPA of 3.61 and above are not required to submit standardized test scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 93% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section Average Score
ERW 526
Math 512
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of CSUCI's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, the average score for students admitted to Cal State Channel Islands was 526. On the math section, the average score for admitted students was 512. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1038 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Cal State University Channel Islands.

Requirements

Cal State Channel Islands does not require the SAT writing section. Note that CSUCI will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. SAT Subject test scores are not required, but if the score meets a benchmark it may be used to fulfill certain core course requirements.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Cal State Channel Islands requires that most applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. Note that California applicants with an average GPA of 3.0 and above, and non-residents with an average GPA of 3.61 and above are not required to submit standardized test scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 20% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section Average Score
Composite 20

This admissions data tells us that most of CSUCI's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The average composite ACT score of students admitted to Cal State Channel Islands was 20.

Requirements

Cal State Channel Islands does not require the ACT writing section. Note that CSUCI superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA for freshman admitted to Cal State University Channel Islands was 3.32. This data suggests that most successful applicants to CSUCI have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Cal State University Channel Islands Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Cal State University Channel Islands Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Cal State University Channel Islands. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Cal State University Channel Islands, which accepts more than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. Unlike the University of California System, the California State University admission process is not holistic. Except for EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) students, applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendation or an application essay, and extracurricular involvement is not part of the standard application. Instead, admissions are based primarily on an eligibility index that combines GPA and test scores. Minimum high school course requirements (A-G college preparatory requirements) include four years of English; three years of math; two years of history and social science; two years of laboratory science; two years of a foreign language other than English; one year of visual or performing arts; and one year of a college preparatory elective. The reasons why an applicant with adequate scores and grades would be rejected tends to come down to factors such as insufficient college preparatory classes, high school classes that weren't challenging, or an incomplete application.

Note that applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or above (California residents) or 3.61 or above (non-residents) are not required to submit test scores. However, Cal State Channel Islands recommends that all applicants submit scores as they are used for advising and placement purposes and may be required for admission to impacted majors or programs.

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. The majority of students admitted to CSUCI had averages in the "B" range or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 900 or higher, and ACT scores of 17 or higher.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and California State University Channel Islands Undergraduate Admissions Office.