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Colleges / California State University, San Bernardino

California State University, San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

CSU San Bernardino Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to CSU San Bernardino, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is November 30 and the application fee is $70.

CSU San Bernardino Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of CSU San Bernardino's admissions stats.

CSU San Bernardino 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 98%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24%
Waitlist No

California State University, San Bernardino Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for California State University, San Bernardino.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes –– May 1
Regular Decision Yes November 30 ––

Want to Apply Early to CSU San Bernardino?

CSU San Bernardino does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

CSU San Bernardino will release EA admissions decisions no later than May 1.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on California State University, San Bernardino Admissions

How To Get Into California State University, San Bernardino

CSU San Bernardino is a moderately difficult school to get into. CSU San Bernardino evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, CSU San Bernardino accepted 78% of students, approximately 11,277 from 14,435 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like CSU San Bernardino, 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. Admissions to criminal justice, kinesiology: pre-physical therapy, nursing, social work programs is program very difficult.

Transferring to California State University, San Bernardino

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to CSU San Bernardino

CSU San Bernardino has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does CSU San Bernardino Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines 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 strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at CSU San Bernardino

What does CSU San Bernardino consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Geographical Residence Important

Make sure to check with CSU San Bernardino for more information on admission factors.

CSU San Bernardino Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CSU San Bernardino?

Students admitted to CSU San Bernardino have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

CSU San Bernardino considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

CSU San Bernardino 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 2022, 98% of CSU San Bernardino's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for CSU San Bernardino?

To be competitive with other CSU San Bernardino applicants, you should strive to earn between 910 and 1070 (or higher!) on the SAT. At CSU San Bernardino 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1070 and 25% of scored lower than 910, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of CSU San Bernardino students scored 540 or higher and 75% of students scored 460 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of CSU San Bernardino students scored 540 or higher, and 75% scored a 460 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for CSU San Bernardino?

To be most competitive at CSU San Bernardino, you should strive to earn between 15 and 20 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 20 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CSU San Bernardino's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 20, and three out of four students scored lower than 20 on the ACT.

A 15 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for CSU San Bernardino students. Only one out of every four students scored below 15.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to California State University, San Bernardino

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to CSU San Bernardino.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in CSU San Bernardino during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

CSU San Bernardino Admissions FAQs

Does CSU San Bernardino accept transfer credits?

✅ CSU San Bernardino accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. CSU San Bernardino accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Do I have to submit test scores to CSU San Bernardino?

✅ CSU San Bernardino is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is CSU San Bernardino's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for CSU San Bernardino is 78%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at CSU San Bernardino?

❌ CSU San Bernardino does not offer early decision.

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CSU San Bernardino Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into CSU San Bernardino? CSU San Bernardino is a somewhat selective institution. The CSU San Bernardino acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.


CSU San Bernardino Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU San Bernardino is Nov 30.

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

CSU San Bernardino 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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CSU San Bernardino SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

910 - 1070


Math SAT Range

450 - 540


Reading SAT Range

460 - 540

CSU San Bernardino GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At CSU San Bernardino, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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