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California State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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California State University, Long Beach is a highly selective university with an admission rate of 46%. This article discusses the admission requirements and important deadlines for various undergraduate and graduate courses at the university.

Applicants need to strictly meet or rather score much more than the minimum academic requirements to get through the California State University Admissions process.

Students seeking admission in the undergraduate courses at the University of California must learn that:

  • Admission is rendered based on the Eligibility Index’ which includes ACT/SAT scores and marks obtained in the high school.
  • Applicants are encouraged to take ACT/SAT exam ideally by October but not after December. It is essential to send the exam scores on or before January 12.

Whereas the students applying for graduate courses should consider:

  • The Graduate Studies Office manages and reviews the graduate applications, and notifies the applicants about the admission decision.
  • International admissions take place in 2 stages, wherein, firstly International Admissions Office assesses the applications followed by a final evaluation by the respective department.
  • Applicants are encouraged to send transcripts of high school only after passing out the high school.


Application PortalCal State Apply (both UG and Graduate courses)
Application Fee55 USD
Acceptance Rate46%
Mode of PaymentCredit Card
Cal State Long Beach SAT Requirements1310
Cal State Long Beach ACT Requirements22
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonsSpring and Fall

Cal State Long Beach Application Deadline

Type of ApplicationApplication Start DateLast Date to ApplyDocument Submission
Undergraduate Application Deadline
FallOctober 1November 30-
Graduate Application Deadline
SpringAugust 1Vary by courseVary by course
FallOctober 1Vary by courseVary by course
International Application Deadline
FreshmenFall: October 1
Spring: August 1
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Fall: April 15
Spring: October 15
Undergraduate TransferFall: October 1
Spring: August 1
Fall:April 1
Spring: October 1
Fall: April 15
Spring: October 15
GraduateFall: October 1
Spring: August 1
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Fall:April 15
Spring: October 15

Cal State Long Beach International Admissions

Application Portal: International applicants need to use ‘Cal State Apply’ for undergraduate and graduate courses

Application Fee: 55 USD

Academic Requirements:

  • International 1st-year applicants requiring F-1 Visa need not submit ACT/SAT scores. However, international students passing out from a US high school need to submit ACT/SAT scores.
  • Furthermore, freshmen applicants need to submit academic transcripts and must ensure that their transcripts display the grades of 1st-half of the final year.
  • Applicants with O levels are required to submit scores of at least 5 subjects and the ones with A or AS levels need to submit scores of at least 2 subjects.
  • Graduate applicants need to ensure that their academic transcripts display marks of at least 6 semesters.
  • In case if you are submitting electronic transcripts then visit ‘’ to submit the transcripts.
  • Furthermore, international applicants who are non-native English speakers need to submit English proficiency test scores:
English Language TestUndergraduate coursesGraduate courses
Paper-based TOEFL500550
Internet-based TOEFL6180
ALI LevelLevel 4Level 6

Supporting Documents: Post the submission of application, applicants receive an e-mail instructing about the requirement of supporting documents.

The supporting documents comprise of official transcripts and coursework details. A few of the programs may require a separate application or different requirement such as a portfolio.

Cal State Long Beach Undergraduate Admissions 

Application Portal: Online applications for undergraduate courses are accepted through ‘Cal State Apply’.

Application Fee: 55 USD

Academic Requirements: It is important for applicants to submit either ACT or SAT score. The ACT and SAT requirements are detailed below:

ACT Scores
Average ACT Score22
25th Percentile ACT Score15
75th Percentile ACT Score28
SAT Scores
Average SAT score1025 (Math: 515; Reading: 510)
25th Percentile SAT Score740 (Math: 370; Reading: 370)
75th Percentile SAT Score1310 (Math: 660; Reading: 650)

Supporting Documents: Official transcript and current coursework information.

Cal State Long Beach Graduate Admissions

Application Portal: Cal State Apply

Application Fee: 55 USD

CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic Requirements
MBARolling admissionsGMAT score: Overall score- 500, Essay- 4.0, Integrated reasoning- 4.0
Or GRE score: Verbal & Quantitative- 150, essay score- 4.0
MS in Civil EngineeringSpring: October 1
Fall: April 15
GPA: 2.7 or GRE score for applicants with GPA less than 3.0
MS in Mechanical EngineeringSpring: October 1
Fall: April 15
GPA: 2.7 or GRE score for applicants with GPA less than 3.0
MS in MicrobiologySpring: Closed
Fall: March 15
3.0 GPA and GRE score (more than 50th percentile in verbal and quantitative)
MS in ChemistrySpring: November 1
Fall: June 1
3.0 GPA and GRE score (more than 50th percentile in verbal and quantitative)
MS in PhysicsSpring: November 1
Fall: June 1
3.0 GPA and GRE score (more than 50th percentile in verbal and quantitative)
MS in Supply Chain Management

Spring: Closed
Fall: June 1

GMAT or GRE score

Supporting documents: Resumé, statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation are required for the majority of the graduate programs. Programs like Courses such as MBA and MS in Supply Chain Management require the applicants to send a YouTube link for a statement of intent video.

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