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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 2  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 1  
History 1  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required July 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted July 15
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
5151 State University Drive
City, State, Zip
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530
Phone
(323) 343-3901
Fax
(323) 343-2670
E-mail
admission@calstatela.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$55
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
August 30
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
 

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
42% of 39,854 applicants were admitted
Women
43% of 23,274 applicants were admitted
Men
39% of 16,580 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
5,799 (35%) of 16,548 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,998 (30%) of 10,080 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,297 (36%) of 6,468 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.24
3.75 and Above
7%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
30%
2.50 - 2.99
27%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
440-540 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
1%
Score of 600 - 700
7%
Score of 500 - 600
40%
Score of 400 - 500
42%
Score of 300 - 400
10%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
500 average
450-540 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
1%
Score of 600 - 700
9%
Score of 500 - 600
38%
Score of 400 - 500
47%
Score of 300 - 400
6%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
18 average
15-20 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
1%
Score of 24 - 29
6%
Score of 18 - 23
42%
Score of 12 - 17
51%
Score of 6 - 11
1%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

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