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CSU Los Angeles
CSU Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Official telephone: (323) 343-3000
Fax number: (323) 343-2670

Website: www.calstatela.edu


Screen last updated on: October 2, 2015

The admissions information below is valid for the 2016-17 academic year.

CSU Los Angeles

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:
Vince Lopez,
Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Contacting the office:
323 343-3901
323 343-6306 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?
Priority filing date for fall:
October 1
Final filing date for fall:
November 30
Application fee:
Can the application fee be waived?
Are refunds available on the application fee?
Is the Common Application form accepted?
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:
Admissions requirements:
Minimum grade of "C" in listed secondary school units required; minimum eligibility index of 2900 for SAT I (694 for ACT) required of in-state applicants; minimum eligibility index of 3502 for SAT I (842 for ACT) required of out-of-state applicants. In-state applicants with minimum 3.0 GPA and out-of-state applicants with minimum 3.61 GPA are eligible regardless of test scores. Impaction policies will apply; for more information, visit http://www.calstatela.edu/admissions/impaction.
High school graduation is:
required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:
Campus visit is:
Standardized test requirements:
SAT or ACT required
School's test preference:
no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:
Dates test scores should be received:
July 1 for SAT/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
1 required, 1 recommended
4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language:
2 required, 2 recommended
1 required, 1 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
3 required, 3 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
Social studies:
1 required, 1 recommended
Academic electives:
1 required, 1 recommended
17 required, 17 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • The following majors are impacted: Biology, Business Administration (Accounting), Business Administration (Marketing), Business Administration (Management), Child Development, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work. For more information, visit http://www.calstatela.edu/admissions/impaction.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind:
Average secondary school GPA:
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:
Average SAT:
880 combined
Average ACT:
18 composite

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission:
on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission:
must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:
Number of applicants offered admission:
18,939 (61%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:
3,230 (17%)
Tuition deposit amount:
$100, nonrefundable; To confirm intent to enroll at Cal State LA, admitted students must submit an Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD). The ECD is credited to the first term's tuition. Additional information regarding the ECD will be shared with admitted students at time of admission notification. It is non-refundable, and non-transferable to future terms.
Admission may be deferred:

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