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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 11.01% and the average admission yield (enrollment rate) is 44.37%.
California Institute of Technology has the tighest (lowest) acceptance rate of 3.92% and Stanford University has the highest yield (enrollment rate) of 80.23% 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 2021-2022.
Admission Stats Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankName ApplicantsAdmittedEnrolledAcceptance RateEnrollment Rate
1 Stanford University55,471 (28,332/27,139) 2,190 (1,068/1,122) 1,757 (861/896) 4% (4%/4%) 80% (81%/3%)
2 California Institute of Technology13,026 (9,059/3,967) 510 (260/250) 270 (149/121) 4% (3%/6%) 53% (57%/3%)
3 Pomona College11,620 (4,678/6,942) 771 (336/435) 451 (196/255) 7% (7%/6%) 58% (58%/4%)
4 Claremont McKenna College5,632 (2,578/3,054) 633 (283/350) 358 (177/181) 11% (11%/11%) 57% (63%/6%)
5 University of California-Los Angeles139,489 (64,199/75,290) 15,028 (6,207/8,821) 6,584 (2,432/4,152) 11% (10%/12%) 44% (39%/6%)
6 University of California-Berkeley112,843 (53,561/59,282) 16,295 (6,325/9,970) 6,931 (2,956/3,975) 14% (12%/17%) 43% (47%/7%)
7 University of Southern California71,031 (31,418/39,613) 8,884 (4,293/4,591) 3,668 (1,737/1,931) 13% (14%/12%) 41% (40%/5%)
8 Harvey Mudd College4,737 (3,142/1,595) 473 (216/257) 225 (115/110) 10% (7%/16%) 48% (53%/7%)
9 Soka University of America519 (167/352) 272 (80/192) 133 (50/83) 52% (48%/55%) 49% (63%/24%)
10 Scripps College2,952 (0/2,952) 872 (0/872) 328 (0/328) 30% (0%/30%) 38% (0%/11%)
Average41,732 (19,713/19,801)4,593 (1,940/2,632)2,264 (964/1,300)11.01% (9.8%/13.3%)44.37% (44.7%/44.5%)

SAT Scores Comparison

The average SAT score of 25th percentile is 1,405 and 75th percentile is 1,527 for best schools in California. By subject, the average score of the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing is 715 and the average SAT Math score is 751.
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 2021-2022.
SAT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
Evidence-Based Reading and WritingMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2
1Stanford University15%
(271)
720770750800
2California Institute of TechnologyTest Scores are required to submit for applying to the school, but no data is available/reported.
3Pomona College37%
(166)
730770740800
4Claremont McKenna College28%
(102)
700750720780
5University of California-Los AngelesTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
6University of California-BerkeleyTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
7University of Southern California31%
(1,151)
690750720790
8Harvey Mudd College40%
(89)
710760770800
9Soka University of America44%
(58)
560645645755
10Scripps College31%
(101)
700760680760
Average32.29% 687.14743.57 717.86783.57

*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 94 and 75th percentile is 102 for best schools in California. By subject, the average ACT Composite score is 33, the average ACT English score is 34, and the average ACT Math score is 32.
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 2021-2022.
ACT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
CompositeEnglishMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2 25th 175th 2
1Stanford University11%
(186)
3435 35363133
2California Institute of TechnologyTest Scores are required to submit for applying to the school, but no data is available/reported.
3Pomona College29%
(129)
3335 34363135
4Claremont McKenna College25%
(90)
3235 30343435
5University of California-Los AngelesTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
6University of California-BerkeleyTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
7University of Southern California19%
(698)
3235 34353035
8Harvey Mudd College20%
(45)
3436 34363335
9Soka University of America8%
(10)
2428 24322528
10Scripps College23%
(74)
3134 33362733
Average19.29% 31.4334.00 32.0035.00 30.1433.43

*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 2021-2022 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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