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Colleges / California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 4-Year Public

About CSU Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Los Angeles, CA, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

Founded in 1947, the institution currently enrolls around 26,342 students a year, including 22,566 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.

CSU Los Angeles's endowment was valued at $46,200,000 in 2021. For each full-time student, CSU Los Angeles spends about $7,290.

Admissions Facts About CSU Los Angeles

Acceptance rate: 76%

Average GPA: 3.32

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 19

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: February 1

CSU Los Angeles Acceptance Rate 2021

Admission to CSU Los Angeles is moderately difficult. CSU Los Angeles accepts around 76 percent of applicants each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at CSU Los Angeles is 3.32 out of 4.0.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is CSU Los Angeles a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at CSU Los Angeles, around 82 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 3,141 students who started at CSU Los Angeles as first-time freshman, 297 graduate within four years.

Around 52 percent of students who started at CSU Los Angeles earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $12,536 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does CSU Los Angeles sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is CSU Los Angeles a good school for YOU?

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All applicants should hear back from CSU Los Angeles by February 1.

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College Info

5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530

Campus Setting: Urban

CSU Los Angeles Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Dec 4

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Los Angeles is Dec 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Los Angeles is Dec 4.

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

CSU Los Angeles ACT Scores


ACT Range

15 - 20

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

20 and Above


15 to 20


15 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to CSU Los Angeles is 18. Students with an ACT score of 20 and above have a good chance of getting into CSU Los Angeles. Students with an ACT score that falls between 15 and 20 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 15 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

CSU Los Angeles SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

900 - 1070


Math SAT Range

440 - 540


Reading SAT Range

450 - 540

CSU Los Angeles Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at CSU Los Angeles is like? There are approximately 26,360 students enrolled at CSU Los Angeles, including 22,626 undergraduate students and 3,734 graduate students. 87% percent of students attend school full-time, 99% percent are from CA and 1% percent of students are from other states.


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