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Admission Comparison Between Best Colleges in California

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Acceptance Rate and Application Statistics

The following table compares the admission related statistics including number of applicants, admitted, and enrolled between best schools in California. The average acceptance rate of best schools in California is 14.13% and the average admission yield (enrollment rate) is 40.07%.
Stanford University has the tighest (lowest) acceptance rate of 5.19% and Stanford University has the highest yield (enrollment rate) of 68.37% among best schools in California. The numbers in parenthesis() in below table represent the number and rate by gender (men/women). The statistics is based on the latest data from IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education for academic year 2020-2021.
Admission Stats Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankName ApplicantsAdmittedEnrolledAcceptance RateEnrollment Rate
1 Stanford University45,227 (23,801/21,426) 2,349 (1,127/1,222) 1,606 (778/828) 5% (5%/6%) 68% (69%/4%)
2 California Institute of Technology8,007 (5,707/2,300) 536 (282/254) 225 (127/98) 7% (5%/11%) 42% (45%/4%)
3 Pomona College10,388 (4,134/6,254) 895 (417/478) 399 (187/212) 9% (10%/8%) 45% (45%/3%)
4 Claremont McKenna College5,306 (2,397/2,909) 708 (319/389) 315 (157/158) 13% (13%/13%) 44% (49%/5%)
5 University of California-Los Angeles108,870 (49,938/58,932) 15,602 (6,702/8,900) 6,386 (2,528/3,858) 14% (13%/15%) 41% (38%/7%)
6 University of California-Berkeley88,062 (42,794/45,268) 15,390 (6,574/8,816) 6,117 (2,852/3,265) 17% (15%/19%) 40% (43%/7%)
7 University of Southern California59,712 (27,831/31,881) 9,618 (4,630/4,988) 3,460 (1,638/1,822) 16% (17%/16%) 36% (35%/6%)
8 Harvey Mudd College3,397 (2,276/1,121) 610 (287/323) 209 (111/98) 18% (13%/29%) 34% (39%/9%)
9 Soka University of America427 (127/300) 222 (73/149) 102 (35/67) 52% (57%/50%) 46% (48%/22%)
10 Scripps College2,938 (0/2,938) 1,032 (0/1,032) 220 (0/220) 35% (0%/35%) 21% (0%/7%)
Average33,233 (15,901/16,004)4,696 (2,063/2,574)2,091 (935/1,156)14.13% (13.0%/16.1%)40.07% (40.8%/40.4%)

SAT Scores Comparison

The average SAT score of 25th percentile is 1,365 and 75th percentile is 1,521 for best schools in California. By subject, the average score of the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing is 704 and the average SAT Math score is 739.
has the highest SAT scores of -1 and has the lowest SAT scores of 1,000,000 among best schools in California. The following table compares SAT Scores between best schools in California for academic year 2020-2021.
SAT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
Evidence-Based Reading and WritingMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2
1Stanford University72%
(1,156)
700770720800
2California Institute of Technology45%
(101)
740780790800
3Pomona CollegeTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
4Claremont McKenna College62%
(194)
660730670770
5University of California-Los AngelesTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
6University of California-Berkeley82%
(5,032)
650740660790
7University of Southern California66%
(2,292)
660740680790
8Harvey Mudd College71%
(149)
720770770800
9Soka University of America83%
(85)
560650620760
10Scripps College61%
(135)
670730650750
Average67.75% 670.00738.75 695.00782.50

*Number of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

**Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

125th Percentile: 25% of students scored at or below.

275th Percentile: 25% of students scored above.

ACT Scores Comparison

The average ACT score of 25th percentile is 91 and 75th percentile is 103 for best schools in California. By subject, the average ACT Composite score is 33, the average ACT English score is 33, and the average ACT Math score is 31.
has the highest ACT scores of -1 and has the lowest ACT scores of 1,000,000 among best schools in California. The following table compares ACT Scores between best schools in California for academic year 2020-2021.
ACT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
CompositeEnglishMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2 25th 175th 2
1Stanford University45%
(725)
3135 33363035
2California Institute of Technology34%
(77)
3536 35363536
3Pomona CollegeTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
4Claremont McKenna College44%
(139)
3134 33352833
5University of California-Los AngelesTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
6University of California-Berkeley41%
(2,482)
3035 27352734
7University of Southern California41%
(1,427)
3034 32352834
8Harvey Mudd College42%
(87)
3435 34363336
9Soka University of America25%
(26)
2632 24312430
10Scripps College45%
(98)
2933 31352732
Average39.63% 30.7534.25 31.1334.88 29.0033.75

*Number of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

**Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

125th Percentile: 25% of students scored at or below.

275th Percentile: 25% of students scored above.

Application Requirements

The following table list and compare the requirements when applying best schools in California based on academic year 2020-2021 data.
Application Requirements Comparison Between Best Schools In California
Rank NameHS GPAHS RankHS Record Prep. ProgramRec.Compe.SAT/ACTTOEFL
1 Stanford University
2 California Institute of Technology
3 Pomona College
4 Claremont McKenna College
5 University of California-Los Angeles
6 University of California-Berkeley
7 University of Southern California
8 Harvey Mudd College
9 Soka University of America
10 Scripps College

: Required : Considered but not Required : Recommended : Neither Required nor Recommended

  • HS GPA: High School or Secondary School GPA
  • HS Rank: High School or Secondary School Rank
  • HS Record: High School or Secondary School Record
  • Prep. Program: Completion of College Preparatory Program
  • Rec.: Recommendations
  • Comp.: Formal demonstration of competencies (e.g., portfolios, certificates of mastery, assessment instruments)
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