Chico State GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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Chico State GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Chico State GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
California State University Chico GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of Chico State's Admissions Standards:

If you have above average grades and test scores, you're likely to get into Chico State. This member of the California State University System accepted 65% of applicants in 2016. In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. The majority of students who got in had GPAs of of about 2.8 or higher, SAT scores (RW+M) of 900 or higher, and ACT scores of 18 or higher. Nevertheless, some students with scores and grades that seem to be on target for Chico State do get rejected. You'll notice some red (rejected students) mixed in among the blue and green. You'll also note that a few students with grades and/or test scores below the norm were admitted.

The admissions process for the Cal State System is less subjective than that for the University of California System. The Cal State process is not holistic. Except for EOP students, applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendation or an application essay, and extracurricular involvement is not part of the standard application. Thus, the reason why an applicant with adequate scores and grades would be rejected tends to come down to a couple factors such as insufficient college preparatory classes or an incomplete application.

According to the Chico State admissions website, admission is based on three factors: graduation from high school (or an equivalency such as GED, HiSET or TASC), completion of a satisfactory high school curriculum, and numerical measures from class grades and test scores.

Standardized Test Score Requirements:

Students who have a GPA above a 3.0 do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores in most cases (but be sure to check with the university to confirm your eligibility). The university will accept either the ACT or SAT, so be sure to submit the scores from your stronger exam. The SAT is the more popular exam in California, but this doesn't mean it's the exam best suited for your academic strengths. The ACT covers English, math, reading, and science while the SAT covers just two subject areas (evidence-based reading/writing and math).

Your High School Curriculum

Along with a satisfactory GPA, Chico State will want to see that you have completed enough years in core academic areas. Specifically, the university wants to see that students have completed four years of English, three years of math, two years of history/social science, two years of laboratory science, two years of language, and one year of either a visual or performing art. More years than these minimums will lead to a stronger application.

Note that admissions standards are different for out-of-state students, and in general the admissions bar is higher for students who are not from California.

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