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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 11.95% and the average admission yield (enrollment rate) is 44.95%.
Stanford University has the tighest (lowest) acceptance rate of 4.34% and Stanford University has the highest yield (enrollment rate) of 82.35% 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 2019-2020.
Admission Stats Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankName ApplicantsAdmittedEnrolledAcceptance RateEnrollment Rate
1 Stanford University47,498 (24,902/22,596) 2,062 (987/1,075) 1,698 (824/874) 4% (4%/5%) 82% (83%/4%)
2 California Institute of Technology8,367 (6,011/2,356) 537 (272/265) 235 (132/103) 6% (5%/11%) 44% (49%/4%)
3 Pomona College10,401 (4,067/6,334) 770 (382/388) 416 (188/228) 7% (9%/6%) 54% (49%/4%)
4 Claremont McKenna College6,066 (2,872/3,194) 625 (291/334) 328 (155/173) 10% (10%/10%) 52% (53%/5%)
5 University of California-Los Angeles111,321 (50,976/60,345) 13,720 (5,933/7,787) 5,920 (2,337/3,583) 12% (12%/13%) 43% (39%/6%)
6 University of California-Berkeley87,847 (42,497/44,900) 14,278 (6,019/8,259) 6,455 (2,897/3,558) 16% (14%/18%) 45% (48%/8%)
7 University of Southern California66,198 (30,614/35,584) 7,558 (3,535/4,023) 3,168 (1,437/1,731) 11% (12%/11%) 42% (41%/5%)
8 Harvey Mudd College4,045 (2,815/1,230) 553 (260/293) 224 (113/111) 14% (9%/24%) 41% (43%/9%)
9 Soka University of America504 (154/350) 202 (71/131) 108 (38/70) 40% (46%/37%) 53% (54%/20%)
10 Scripps College3,022 (0/3,022) 967 (0/967) 283 (0/283) 32% (0%/32%) 29% (0%/9%)
Average34,527 (16,491/16,588)4,127 (1,803/2,284)2,061 (902/1,159)11.95% (10.9%/13.8%)44.95% (45.0%/45.7%)

SAT Scores Comparison

The average SAT score of 25th percentile is 1,377 and 75th percentile is 1,526 for best schools in California. By subject, the average score of the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing is 708 and the average SAT Math score is 744.
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 2019-2020.
SAT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
Evidence-Based Reading and WritingMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2
1Stanford University67%
(1,140)
700770740800
2California Institute of Technology79%
(186)
740760790800
3Pomona College64%
(267)
690750700790
4Claremont McKenna College56%
(185)
670730690780
5University of California-Los Angeles81%
(4,802)
650740650790
6University of California-Berkeley82%
(5,272)
650740680790
7University of Southern California68%
(2,138)
670740690790
8Harvey Mudd College74%
(165)
710770780800
9Soka University of America82%
(88)
590680650750
10Scripps College62%
(176)
673740660750
Average71.50% 674.30742.00 703.00784.00

*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 92 and 75th percentile is 104 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 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 2019-2020.
ACT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
CompositeEnglishMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2 25th 175th 2
1Stanford University50%
(846)
3235 34363035
2California Institute of Technology42%
(98)
3536 35363536
3Pomona College50%
(210)
3235 34362935
4Claremont McKenna College53%
(173)
3134 32352934
5University of California-Los Angeles46%
(2,718)
2935 28352734
6University of California-Berkeley42%
(2,703)
3135 29352835
7University of Southern California42%
(1,337)
3134 32352834
8Harvey Mudd College44%
(98)
3335 35363436
9Soka University of America25%
(27)
2632 25342532
10Scripps College51%
(144)
3033 32352732
Average44.50% 31.0034.40 31.6035.30 29.2034.30

*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 2019-2020 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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