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CSU Long Beach Admissions Standards

CSU Long Beach GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
CSU Long Beach GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

California State University-Long Beach (CSULB) is one of the more selective universities in the California State University System. Only one-third of applicants are usually accepted. Their standards are higher than CSU system-wide minimum requirements.

You must have completed and achieved a C grade or higher for the comprehensive list of college preparatory subjects. Your Eligibility Index, which combines GPA and SAT I or ACT scores, must meet the cutoff for the current year. These change from year to year and depend on your residency. For fall 2018, the minimum was 3,200 for graduates of California high schools and other California residents, but 3,570 for those from out of state.

Additionally, a STEM Eligibility Index is calculated for admission to science, technology, engineering, and math majors. It gives more weight to high school grades in those areas. SAT Writing score is not used and you can use the highest score if you take the tests more than once.

How do you measure up at CSU Long Beach?  Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.


In the scattergram above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. The majority of students who got into the California State University Long Beach had GPAs of 3.0 or higher, SAT scores (RW+M) of 950 or higher, and ACT scores of 18 or higher. Chances of acceptance are best for students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1100 or higher. In the middle of the graph, note that there is some red (rejected students) hidden behind the blue and green. Some students with grades and test scores on target for CSULB 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.

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