Cal State Northridge accepts around three-quarters of applicants, and admission is within reach of any student with average grades and test scores. In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent students who got in. As you can see, most students who were accepted by this member of California State University System had grades in the "B-" range or higher, SAT scores (CR+M+W) of 1250 or higher, and ACT scores of 16 or higher. However, note that there are some red data points (rejected students) scattered throughout the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that seem to be on target for CSUN were rejected.
What were the probably reasons for these rejections? Unlike the University of California System, the California State University admission process is not holistic. Except for EOP students, applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendation or an application essay, and extracurricular involvement is not part of the standard application. Thus, the reason why an applicant with adequate scores and grades would be rejected tends to come down to a couple factors such as insufficient college preparatory classes or an incomplete application.
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