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SAT Scores for Admission to Cal State

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

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If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the California State University schools, here's a side-by-side comparison of scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these public universities in the Cal State system.

Realize, of course, that SAT scores are just one part of the application. Perfect 800s don't guarantee admission if other parts of your application are weak. Admissions officers will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation.

You can also check out these other SAT links (or ACT links):

SAT Comparison Charts: the Ivy League | top universities (non-Ivy) | top liberal arts colleges | more top liberal arts | top public universities | top public liberal arts colleges | University of California campuses | Cal State campuses | SUNY campuses | more SAT charts

Data from National Center for Educational Statistics; updated May, 2011

Cal State SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

SAT Scores
Reading Math Writing
25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
Bakersfield 400 510 410 530 - -
Cal Maritime 460 580 500 600 - -
Cal Poly Pomona 460 580 490 630 - -
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 540 640 580 680 - -
Channel Islands 440 540 430 540 - -
Chico 460 560 470 580 - -
Dominguez Hills 370 470 380 470 - -
East Bay 400 500 410 530 - -
Fresno 400 520 420 540 - -
Fullerton 440 540 450 570 - -
Humboldt State 460 580 450 570 - -
Long Beach 440 560 460 590 - -
Los Angeles 380 490 390 510 - -
Monterey Bay 420 540 420 540 - -
Northridge 400 520 410 530 - -
Sacramento 410 530 430 540 - -
San Bernardino 400 500 410 510 - -
San Diego State 480 580 500 610 - -
San Francisco State 440 560 450 570 - -
San Jose State 440 560 470 590 - -
San Marcos 430 530 440 550 - -
Sonoma State 465 560 460 570 - -
Stanislaus 400 510 410 530 - -
View the ACT version of this table
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