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Colleges / California State University, Los Angeles

CSU Los Angeles Admissions

If you want to apply to CSU Los Angeles, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 19 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 fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from CSU Los Angeles by February 1.

Applying Early to CSU Los Angeles?

California State University, Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles?

Getting into CSU Los Angeles is moderately difficult. CSU Los Angeles evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, CSU Los Angeles **accepted 76% of students, around 24,046 of the 31,442 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like CSU Los Angeles, 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 moderately difficult.

What Does CSU Los Angeles Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. 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 put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at CSU Los Angeles

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
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Very Important
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

CSU Los Angeles Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CSU Los Angeles?

Students admitted to CSU Los Angeles have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At California State University, Los Angeles, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 15.66%
3.50 and 3.74 18.01%
3.25 and 3.49 21.32%
3.00 and 3.24 22.29%
2.50 and 2.9 20.09%
2.00 and 2.49 1.48%
CSU Los Angeles does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

CSU Los Angeles is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to California State University, Los Angeles

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to CSU Los Angeles.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is January 19. Applicants should hear back by February 1.

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

CSU Los Angeles Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to CSU Los Angeles?

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

Does CSU Los Angeles accept transfer credits?

CSU Los Angeles accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. CSU Los Angeles accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

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

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Do I have to submit test scores to CSU Los Angeles?

CSU Los Angeles. is not test optional. Test scores are will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

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CSU Los Angeles Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into CSU Los Angeles? CSU Los Angeles is a somewhat selective institution. The CSU Los Angeles acceptance rate is 76%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.



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CSU Los Angeles Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 19

Transfer Applications are Due

Jan 19

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Los Angeles is Jan 19.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Los Angeles is Jan 19.

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

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CSU Los Angeles GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At CSU Los Angeles, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.32. 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.

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