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Colleges / California State University, Fullerton

CSU Fullerton Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to CSU Fullerton, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is November 30 and the fee for the application costs $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from CSU Fullerton by April 1.

Applying Early to CSU Fullerton?

California State University, Fullerton does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to CSU Fullerton?

CSU Fullerton is amoderately difficult school to get into. CSU Fullerton evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, CSU Fullerton accepted 68% of all applicants., around 30,733 of the 45,449 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like CSU Fullerton, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is slightly difficult. For applicants who are not residents of California, getting into California State University, Fullerton is very difficult. CSU Fullerton has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does CSU Fullerton Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at CSU Fullerton

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Very Important
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Not Considered
State Residency Very Important
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

CSU Fullerton Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to CSU Fullerton must submit the following items. Double check with CSU Fullerton's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CSU Fullerton?

Students admitted to CSU Fullerton have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 38.5% submitted a class rank. At CSU Fullerton 21% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 62% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At California State University, Fullerton, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 38.5%
3.75 and 3.99 27.1%
3.50 and 3.74 36.3%
3.25 and 3.49 24.4%
3.00 and 3.24 7.7%
2.50 and 2.9 2%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%
CSU Fullerton does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

CSU Fullerton does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 97% of CSU Fullerton's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for CSU Fullerton?

To be competitive with other CSU Fullerton applicants, you should strive to earn between 1010 and 1180 (or higher!) on the SAT. At CSU Fullerton 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1180 and 25% of scored lower than 1010, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of CSU Fullerton students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of CSU Fullerton students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for CSU Fullerton?

To be most competitive at CSU Fullerton, you should strive to earn between 18 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CSU Fullerton's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for CSU Fullerton students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

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Transferring to California State University, Fullerton

For transfer students, it is slightly difficult to get admitted to CSU Fullerton.

Transfer students can enroll in CSU Fullerton during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

CSU Fullerton Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to CSU Fullerton?

Students who are admitted to CSU Fullerton must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does CSU Fullerton accept transfer credits?

CSU Fullerton accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. CSU Fullerton accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does CSU Fullerton accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

CSU Fullerton accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to CSU Fullerton?

CSU Fullerton. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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CSU Fullerton Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into CSU Fullerton? CSU Fullerton is a somewhat selective institution. The CSU Fullerton acceptance rate is 68%. This means that the institution accepts 67 out of every 100 applicants.



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CSU Fullerton Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Fullerton is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

CSU Fullerton ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


18 to 23


18 and Less


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CSU Fullerton SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1010 - 1180


Math SAT Range

500 - 590


Reading SAT Range

500 - 590

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CSU Fullerton GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At CSU Fullerton, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.68. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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