SAT Scores for Admission to Cal State

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

Brotman Hall at CSULB
Brotman Hall at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

You've taken the SAT, and gotten your scores back--now what? If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the California State University schools, here's a side-by-side comparison of scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these Cal State universities.

Cal State SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
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 SAT ScoresGPA-SAT-ACT
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Bakersfield------see graph
Cal Maritime------see graph
Cal Poly Pomona450580470620--see graph
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo550650580690--see graph
Channel Islands------see graph
Chico440550450560--see graph
Dominguez Hills------see graph
East Bay------see graph
Fresno390500400510--see graph
Fullerton460560470570--see graph
Humboldt State440560430550--see graph
Long Beach460570470600--see graph
Los Angeles390490390500--see graph
Monterey Bay------see graph
Northridge400500390510--see graph
Sacramento415520420540--see graph
San Bernardino400490400500--see graph
San Diego State500600510630--see graph
San Francisco State430540430550--see graph
San Jose State450570470610--see graph
San Marcos420520430530--see graph
Sonoma State440550440550--see graph
Stanislaus------see graph
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Realize, of course, that SAT scores are just one part of the application. Perfect 800s don't guarantee admission if other parts of your application are weak. Admissions officers will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation.

Click on the "see graph" link to the right of each row to get a visual sense of how other applicants fared at each school. There, you'll see, based on grades and SAT/ACT scores, how many students are admitted, accepted, or rejected each year. In some cases, students with lower grades and scores were admitted, and some with higher scores and grades were rejected. This shows that admissions offices look at more than just grades and test scores, and that students with lower scores still have a shot at being admitted--provided they have an otherwise strong application.

You can also check out these other SAT links (or ACT links):

SAT Comparison Charts: the Ivy League | top universities (non-Ivy) | top liberal arts colleges | more top liberal arts | top public universities | top public liberal arts colleges | University of California campuses | Cal State campuses | SUNY campuses | more SAT charts

SAT Comparison Tables by State: AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | DC | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY

Data from National Center for Educational Statistics