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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY - [CSUF], FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA - ADMISSION

Fullerton, CaliforniaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1957Established Year
  40905Enrollment

California State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
Study Abroad Expert

Fall 2019 admissions at California State University, Fullerton saw more than 80,000 applications. CSU follows a high-standard review process for selecting its prospective students, wherein the standards followed are often much higher than the minimum scores set for admission.

Cal State Fullerton enrolled 39,868 students in Fall 2019 admissions. More than 1,500 international students were enrolled at CSUF in 2019, making it a popular place to study in the US. The university is one of the top public universities in the region and attracts students from all over the US as well as from over 77 countries. Overall, 110 degree programs- undergraduate and graduate, are offered by nine academic schools and colleges of Cal State Fullerton. 

An acceptance rate of 46% at California State University at Fullerton makes the admission procedure moderately difficult at California State University. Getting into the university won't be difficult if the applicants focus on their GPA and standardized test scores.

The University sets the Eligibility Index Requirements only after the end of the priority application process, which ensures that a fair review process is followed. The Eligibility Index is formulated based on:

  • GPA
  • SAT scores
  • Total number of applications received
  • Competitiveness among the applicants
  • Number of available seats

Highlights

Application PortalCal State Apply (UG/Graduate)
Application Fee70 USD
Acceptance Rate46%
Mode of PaymentCredit Card
California State University SAT Requirements1110
California State University ACT Requirements22
International Application DeadlinesUG: October 1- March 31
PG: Varies for each department
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonsFall, Spring
Interview RequirementsDepends on course requirements
Work ExperienceHighly recommended for MBA program
Financial AidAvailable for International Students and Domestic
International AdmissionsCSUF International admissions

Cal State Fullerton Application Deadline

TermEventsDeadlines for GraduateDeadline for Undergraduate
FallApplication OpenOctober 1Domestic: Oct 1– Nov 30
International: Oct 1– 31 Mar
Test Score and document submissionMay 3Domestic: Feb 1
International: April 15
SpringApplication OpenAugust 1*Admissions are not accepted for Spring term
Test Score and document submissionOctober 26-

*Contact the corresponding department to know about the application deadline.

California State University International Admissions

Application Portal: Applications are accepted through the 'Cal State Apply' portal.

Application Fee: 70 USD

Admission Requirements

  • Academic Test Scores
    • Submission of SAT scores is not mandatory, however, recommended to strengthen your application. 
    • Applicants are required to submit unofficial academic transcripts 
    • Applicants are required to submit English language test scores.
  • Financial Documents:
    •  Applicants need to send Bank statements of the sponsor bank as evidence of adequate fund availability 
    • Applicants need to get CSUF financial affidavit signed by a financial sponsor
    •  Additionally, one needs to submit a passport copy to receive the I-20 form.
  • English Language Test Scores
    • Non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by meeting either of the requirements mentioned below:
English Language TestMinimum Score Required
Paper-based TOEFL500
Internet-based TOEFL61
IELTS5.5
PTE Academic43

Visa Requirements

International students need to obtain a US student visa from their home countries if offered admissions at Cal State Fullerton. Financial documents are required in order to receive a visa document. A SEVIS fee needs to be paid and the printed receipt is essential while applying for a visa.

California State University Undergraduate Admissions

Out of the total student population, about 87.3% are enrolled in a number of undergraduate programs at Cal State Fullerton. A total of 56 undergraduate degree programs are offered at the California State University 

Application Portal: Applications for undergraduate programs are accepted through 'Cal State Apply'.

Application Fee: 70 USD

Academic Requirements: 

  • It includes the submission of scores of standardized tests like ACT/SAT/AP/IB. 
    • Of these tests, the SAT and ACT are the most common standardized tests taken by the students applying for undergraduate courses. 
    • Given below are the details pertaining to the SAT and ACT requirements of the University:
ACT Scores
Average ACT Score22
25th Percentile ACT Score19
75th Percentile ACT Score24
SAT Scores
Average Score1110 (Math: 550; Reading: 560)
25th Percentile SAT Score1010 (Math: 510; Reading: 500)
75th Percentile SAT Score1190 (Math: 590; Reading: 600)

Supporting Documents: 

  • Unofficial academic transcripts, 
  • Social security number (if available), 
  • Citizenship status, 
  • Financial evidence, 
  • Two recommendation letters.

California State University Graduate Admissions

A number of students are enrolled at various graduate programs at Cal State Fullerton. The university offers 55 graduate degree programs. 

Application Portal: Cal State Apply Portal. Alternatively, the MBA applicants may apply through the ‘Mihaylo Online Application’ portal.

Application fee: Fee for all the graduate programs is 70 USD.

Please note that the following documents are not required for Engineering graduate programs:

  • GRE/GMAT score
  • personal statement
  • letters of recommendation
  • high school transcript
  • certificate of accomplishment /training
  • Resume/work experience
CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
MBAFall: October 1
Spring: October 31
FAFSA filing: March 2
Statement of Purpose, Leadership/creativity statement, professional resume,
two letters of recommendation, GMAT/GRE scores (not required for applicants with 7+ years of work experience)
iBT: 88
IELTS: 7.0
PTE: 65
MS in Software Engineering**Spring: November 4
Fall: April 1
GPA: 2.5 or 3.0*, official academic transcripts from institutions attended, mark sheets,
degree certificate and English language test scores (international students)
iBT: 80
PBT: 550
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 58
MS in Electrical Engineering**Spring: November 4
Fall: April 1
GPA: 2.5 or 3.0*, official academic transcripts from institutions attended, mark sheets,
degree certificate and English language test scores (international students)
iBT: 80
PBT: 550
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 58
MS in Mechanical Engineering**Spring: November 4
Fall: April 1
GPA: 2.5 or 3.0*, official academic transcripts from institutions attended, mark sheets,
degree certificate and English language test scores (international students)
iBT: 80
PBT: 550
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 58
MS in Civil Engineering**Spring: November 4
Fall: Application deadline- April 1
GPA: 2.5 or 3.0, official academic transcripts from institutions attended, mark sheets,
degree certificate and English language test scores (international students)
iBT: 80
PBT: 550
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 58
MA in CommunicationFall: March 1
Spring: October 1
GPA: 2.75 or 3.0*, Minimum GRE score of 153, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation,
high school transcript certificate of accomplishment /training Resume/work experience
iBT: 80
PBT: 550
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 58
Masters in Public AdministrationFall: March 1
Spring: October 1
Official academic transcripts from institutions attended, mark sheets, degree certificate,
three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and English language test scores
iBT: 80
PBT: 570
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 58

Higher GPA value is required for students with undergraduate degrees in subjects other than the core subjects. Thus, gaining admission at California State University can be easier if the special emphasis is laid on the standardized test scores and academic performance during high school.

Accepted students must register their 'Intent to Enroll'. Newly admitted students, be it undergraduate or graduate, need to accept the admission at CSUF and pay an enrollment deposit of 250 USD online. This can be done through the student portal.

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