If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at Cal State Long Beach is 34%. For every 100 applicants, 34 are admitted.
This means the school is very selective. If you meet Cal State Long Beach's requirements for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and other components of the application, you have a great shot at getting in. But if you fall short on GPA or your SAT/ACT scores, you'll have a very low chance of being admitted, even if you meet the other admissions requirements.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at Cal State Long Beach is 3.54.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.
With a GPA of 3.54, Cal State Long Beach requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes. This will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.54, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to Cal State Long Beach. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
Cal State Long Beach SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1060 (Old: 984)
The average SAT score composite at Cal State Long Beach is a 1060 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 984. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so this score is out of 1600.)
This score makes Cal State Long Beach Lightly Competitive for SAT test scores.
Cal State Long Beach SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1010, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1240. In other words, a 1010 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1240 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
Cal State Long Beach SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 930, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1170. In other words, a 930 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1170 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
Cal State Long Beach has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Section."
This is also known as "superscoring." This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all SAT test dates you submit.
Click below to learn more about how superscoring critically affects your test strategy.
For example, say you submit the following 3 test scores:
Even though the highest total you scored on any one test date was 1000, Cal State Long Beach will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 1000 to 1400 in this example.
This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and Cal State Long Beach forms your Superscore, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.
Therefore, if your SAT superscore is currently below a 1240, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.
Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the SAT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will surely give you the highest Superscore possible.
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Cal State Long Beach ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, Cal State Long Beach likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 21
The average ACT score at Cal State Long Beach is 21. This score makes Cal State Long Beach Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 19, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 25.
Even though Cal State Long Beach likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 19 or below, you'll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 21 and above that a 19 will look academically weak.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 25 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to Cal State Long Beach, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 25.
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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
Cal State Long Beach hasn't reported their stance on SAT/ACT Writing, but most likely they consider it to be optional. Thus you don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that Cal State Long Beach requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
Applicants to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors (STEM majors):
Applicants will be admitted based on a calculated STEM Eligibility Index. The STEM Eligibility Index places additional weight on quantitative skills required for success in these majors. Refer to STEM Eligibility Index for details of how this index is calculated. Applicants who are considered local based on their high school of graduation or military status will be offered admission if they meet the minimum STEM Eligibility Index. The minimum for consideration is 3,300. Other eligible applicants will be ranked by the STEM Eligibility Index and will be offered admission based on space available in the major or college. Admission to STEM majors will be to a ‘pre-major’ status. Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student’s ability to succeed and complete the major. Be aware: CSULB strongly recommends that applicants to STEM majors complete additional math courses beyond the minimum required for the CSU to improve the likelihood of success in the major and timely graduation.