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Colleges / California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate59%
Acceptance Rate59%

CSU Fullerton Admissions

If you want to apply to CSU Fullerton, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is November 30 and the fee for the application is $70.

Students who submit their applications to CSU Fullerton for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

CSU Fullerton Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of CSU Fullerton's admissions stats.

CSU Fullerton 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 10%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 1%
Waitlist Yes

California State University, Fullerton Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for California State University, Fullerton.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to CSU Fullerton?

California State University, Fullerton may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with CSU Fullerton directly for more information about early applications.

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

More on California State University, Fullerton Admissions

Transferring to California State University, Fullerton

For more information on transferring to California State University, Fullerton, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to CSU Fullerton

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 determines which factors are are most important 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 choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at CSU Fullerton

What does CSU Fullerton 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
Geographical Residence Very Important
State Residency Very Important

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

CSU Fullerton Application Requirements

To apply to CSU Fullerton, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with CSU Fullerton'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
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CSU Fullerton?

Students admitted to CSU Fullerton have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 52% submitted a class rank. At CSU Fullerton 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 59% were in the top 25% and 93% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At California State University, Fullerton, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 2.9%
3.75 and 3.99 35.4%
3.50 and 3.74 38.7%
3.25 and 3.49 17.4%
3.00 and 3.24 3.8%
2.50 and 2.9 1.5%
2.00 and 2.49 0.2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to CSU Fullerton directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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 Fullerton does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of 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 2022, 10% of CSU Fullerton's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 1% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be competitive with other CSU Fullerton applicants, you should aim to earn between 935 and 1160 (or higher!) on the SAT. At CSU Fullerton 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1160 and 25% of scored lower than 935, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of CSU Fullerton students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 460 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of CSU Fullerton students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 460 or higher.

To be most competitive at CSU Fullerton, you should strive to earn between 16 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CSU Fullerton's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for CSU Fullerton students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

More Information on Transferring to California State University, Fullerton

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

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:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Do I have to submit test scores to CSU Fullerton?

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

What is CSU Fullerton's acceptance rate?

✅ CSU Fullerton has an acceptance rate of 59%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at CSU Fullerton?

🟨 CSU Fullerton may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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CSU Fullerton Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Fullerton is Continuous processing.

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

CSU Fullerton SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

935 - 1160


Math SAT Range

460 - 580


Reading SAT Range

460 - 580

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 3.77. 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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