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Cal State LA : Admissions

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:Vince Lope​z, Director
Contacting the office:(323) 343-3901
(323) 343-6​306 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?yes
Final filing date for fall:November 30
​Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:​No
Application Fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:no
Admissions Requirements:If you are a California high school graduate (or a resident of California for tuition purposes), you need a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using the SAT combined score for critical reading and math sections or 694 using the ACT. Nonresidents of California are required to have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 (SAT) or 842 (ACT). Applicants from outside of Cal State LA's local admission area may be held to a higher minimum Eligibility Index.
High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:recommended
Interview is:neither required nor recommended
Standardized test requirements:SAT or ACT required, SAT Subject Test considered if submitted
School's test preference:no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:placement
Dates test scores should be received:July 15 for SAT/ACT, July 15 for SAT Subject Test
High School units required or recommended:​ Art:​​​1 required, 1 recommended
English:4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign Language:2 required, 2 recommended
History:1 required, 1 recommended
Lab:2 required, 2 recommended
Social Studies:1 required, 1 recommended
Academic Electives:1 required, 1 recommended
Total:15 required, 15 recommended
​Special requirements for admission to specific programs:​Audition required of music program applicants.
​Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:​​EOP
School has formalized early decision program:no
School has early action program:no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

First-time Freshman Selection Process​

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular acti​​vities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence very important
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind:yes
Average secondary school GPA:3.18
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:99%
Combined SAT middle 50% range:780 - 980
ACT writing middle 50% range:6 - 8
Combined ACT middle 50% range:15 - 20
Test taken by majority of applicants:SAT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:95%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:37%

Undergraduate Notification For Fall Term​

Notification of admission:by April 1​
Acceptance of admission:​must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:35,429
Number of applicants offe​red admission:22,567 (64%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:3,830 (17%)
School has a waiting list policy:no
Tuition deposit amount:$100, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred:no​