California State University Fullerton Admissions Statistics

Learn About CSUF and the GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores You'll Need to Get In

Mihaylo Hall at California State University Fullerton
Mihaylo Hall at California State University Fullerton. JimFeliciano / Getty Images

California State University Fullerton (CSUF) is one of the more selective schools in the CSU system, with an acceptance rate of 48 percent. Students will need good grades and standardized test scores to be accepted. Applicants to the CSU system need to submit SAT or ACT scores, but more holistic measures such as essays and interviews are not part of the admissions process. 

Why You Might Choose California State University Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton is one of the largest universities in the California State University system. Established in 1957, this public university now offers 55 bachelor's and 50 master's degree programs. Business is the most popular program among undergraduates. The university's 236-acre campus is located in Orange County near Los Angeles. You can explore the campus in thes CSUF photo tour.

The school wins high marks for the diversity of its student body and the number of degrees awarded to minority students. In athletics, the CSUF Titans compete in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference.

California State University Fullerton Admissions Standards

Cal State Fullerton GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Cal State Fullerton GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Fullerton is an impacted campus, meaning that there are criteria which are applied to first-time freshmen depending on whether they are local, from out of the area, from out of state, and which major they select. The CSU system uses the Eligibility Index which you calculate from your GPA for high school college preparatory courses and your SAT or ACT score. Majors with additional requirements include Nursing, Computer Engineering, Music, and Dance.

If you take the tests more than once, the highest score is used, but you can't mix the old SAT and the new SAT scores for a composite score.

Cal State Fullerton GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. The majority of students who got in had GPAs of 3.0 or higher, SAT scores (RW+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.

Unlike the University of California System, the California State University admission 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.

Admissions Data (2017)

  • Cal State Fullerton Acceptance Rate: 48 percent

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 510 / 590
  • SAT Math: 510 / 590
  • ACT Composite: 19 / 24
  • ACT English: 19 / 24
  • ACT Math: 18 / 25

More Cal State Fullerton Information

As you work to come up with your college wish list, be sure to consider factors such as size, graduation rate, costs, and financial aid. 

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 40,905 (35,162 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44 percent male / 56 percent female
  • 81 percent Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,850 (in-state); $18,730 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,948 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,642
  • Other Expenses: $2,902
  • Total Cost: $27,342 (in-state); $39,222 (out-of-state)

Cal State Fullerton Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 79 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 72 percent
    • Loans: 32 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,436
    • Loans: $5,594

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, Early Childhood Education, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education, Human Services, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Sociology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 3 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 18 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 62 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Track, and Field, Cross Country, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Tennis, Soccer, Golf, Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country

If You Like Cal State Fullerton, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to CSUF tend to apply to other universities in the California State University system such as the campuses at Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Northridge. Some applicants also apply to University of California schools such as UCSD and UC Santa Cruz. The UC schools tend to be more selective than CSU schools.

Most Cal State Fullerton applicants restrict their college search to public universities, but some do consider private options such as Chapman University, Pepperdine University, and Loyola Marymount University. These schools are significantly more expensive than any in the CSU system, but students who qualify for financial aid may find the difference in price isn't that great.

Data Source: Graph courtesy of Cappex. All other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.