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why does csulb (Cal State Long Beach) have such a LOW SAT AVERAGE SCORE)?

The school's website says the average combined SAT score is only 960 out of 1600. That means it's easy to get in to, right?

4 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    Yes, it's relatively easy to get into compared to UCs and better CSUs. Here's a link that shows the scores of other CSUs, and summarized as follows:

    Cal Poly SLO 1225

    SDSU 1080

    Cal Poly Pomona 1070



    SJSU 1020

    SFSU 100



    CSULB 960

    Sac State 960



    CSUN 920



    CSULA, CSUDH 880.

    CSULB is average for a CSU which makes it harder than CSU Los Angeles and Dominguez Hills but easier than the Cal Polys and San Diegeo State.

    As to why it's so low, it's probably because they draw from not such a good area of the South Bay of Los Angeles. They give priority to their local students as do most CSUs. But then again, their website says that non local students have even lower SAT scores than local ones. Beats me!

  • 8 years ago

    Not necessarily. The thing about CSUs is their average GPA/SAT scores often get dragged down because of local area applicants. So in this case, CSULB is still committed to admitting a certain chunk of local area applicants from the Long Beach area over other applicants from around the state - thus admissions is EASIER for them. This brings down the average SAT/GPA for incoming freshman overall.

    So in reality, the average GPA/SAT for incoming freshman from the Long Beach area is significantly lower than the rest of the incoming students from the rest of California/out of state/out of country which might have to have a 3.6 or 3.7 GPA and a 1200 on the SAT to get in.

    You can thank the CSU's "guarantee service area" for this. However, I would predict that CSULB is soon going to drop its service area (like SDSU and SJSU did) so everyone will have an equal chance of getting in.

  • faes
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Csu Long Beach Average Gpa

  • 8 years ago

    Because it's easy to get into for local residents. They have a low admission rate but that's for students from other places. The majority of the school is filled with the local kids who were guaranteed admission. Sad because I wanted to go there.

    Source(s): Reseach
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