Resources › For Students and Parents Cal State University, Fullerton: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Marisa Benjamin For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated January 17, 2020 California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a public university with an acceptance rate of 53%. Established in 1957, Cal State Fullerton is one of the largest universities in the California State University system. Fullerton's 236-acre campus is located in Orange County near Los Angeles. The university offers 55 bachelor's and 50 master's degree programs. Business is the most popular program among undergraduates. In athletics, the CSUF Titans compete in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. Considering applying to Cal State Fullerton? 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 Fullerton had an acceptance rate of 53%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 43 were admitted, making CSUF's admissions process competitive. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 50,105 Percent Admitted 53% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled 18% SAT Scores and Requirements Cal State Fullerton requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 93% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 520 610 Math 520 610 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of Cal State Fullerton's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Cal State Fullerton scored between 520 and 610, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 610, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1220 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Cal State Fullerton. Requirements Cal State Fullerton does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Cal State Fullerton 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 Fullerton requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 31% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 18 24 Math 18 25 Composite 19 24 This admissions data tells us that most of Cal State Fullerton's admitted students fall within the top 55% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to CSUF received a composite ACT score between 19 and 24, while 25% scored above 24 and 25% scored below 19. Requirements Cal State Fullerton does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, CSUF superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered. GPA In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming Cal State Fullerton freshman was 3.68. These results suggest that most successful applicants to CSUF have primarily B grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph California State University, Fullerton Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to California State University, Fullerton. 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 Fullerton, which accepts half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. What makes the difference between an acceptance and a rejection? 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 include two years of history and social science, four years of college prep English, three years of math, two years of laboratory science, 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. Be aware that California State University, Fullerton is designated as impacted because it receives more applications than can be accommodated. Due to impaction, the university holds all applicants to a higher standard. In addition, particularly competitive majors such as Nursing, Computer Engineering, Music, and Dance, have additional requirements for eligibility. The majority of accepted students had GPAs of 3.0 or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, and ACT scores of 18 or higher. Higher numbers will obviously improve your chances, and note that the middle of the graph does have some red (rejected students) hidden behind the blue and green. Some students with grades and test scores on target for CSUF still get rejected. All admissions date has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and California State University, Fullerton Undergraduate Admissions Office. Continue Reading How Competitive Is Cal State University, Monterey Bay's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Concordia University Irvine's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Fresno State's Admissions Process? 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