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CSU Fullerton

CSU Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599

Official telephone: (657) 278-2011


Screen last updated on: March 17, 2014

The admissions information below is valid for the 2014-15 academic year.

CSU Fullerton
Admissions officer: Jessica Wagoner,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office: 657-278-7601
657-278-7699 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? yes
Priority filing date for fall: October 1
Final filing date for fall: November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: no
Application fee: $55
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: no
Admissions requirements:
High school college prep grades and test scores are used to determine an Eligibility Index. Admission is based on this Index and varies for in-state local, in-state out of local and out of state applicants.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: required
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: neither required nor recommended
Standardized test requirements: SAT considered if submitted, ACT considered if submitted, SAT or ACT required
School's test preference: no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: placement
Dates test scores should be received: January 23 for SAT/ACT, January 23 for SAT Subject Test
High school units required or recommended:
Art: 1 required, 1 recommended
English: 4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language: 2 required, 3 recommended
History: 2 required, 2 recommended
Lab: 2 required, 3 recommended
Math: 3 required, 4 recommended
Academic electives: 1 required, 1 recommended
Total: 15 required, 18 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
  • audition required of applicants for the music program.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible: EOP, Guardian Scholars
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

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 important
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.39
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 100%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 17%
Top quarter: 53%
Top half: 90%
Bottom half: 10%
Bottom quarter: 1%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 56%
Average SAT: 502 verbal, 525 math, 997 combined
Combined SAT middle 50% range: 1027 - 1110
Average ACT: 20 English, 21 math, 25 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 18 - 23
Test taken by majority of applicants: SAT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores: 95%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 28%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis, Rolling
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter

Number of completed applications received: 38,882
Number of applicants offered admission: 17,790 (46%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 4,503 (25%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools: 89%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 2%
Admission may be deferred: no

Fullerton is an impacted campus for all first time freshmen. Impaction means that there are more applications for a campus than can be accommodated. In order to ensure that capacity is not exceeded, more rigorous standards are applied to the freshmen applicant pool. This means that all freshmen applicants, whether in our local admissions area or outside of our local admissions area, must anticipate meeting higher levels of competition than the minimum eligibility index required by the non-impacted campuses of the CSU. The actual competition cannot be set until after the initial filing period has closed and we are able to assess the size and quality of the freshmen pool.

All first-time freshman applicants must apply during the initial admission application-filing period (October 1 through November 30 for fall) to be considered for admission. SAT or ACT scores are required regardless of GPA and must be received by CSU Fullerton. All subject matter requirements must have been completed by high school graduation. Subject matter requirements must be met with a C or better and may not be completed during the summer term immediately preceding fall admission.
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