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California Colleges

Applicants, Admitted, and Enrolled

For the academic year 2020-2021, 4,999,236 students have applied and among them 2,074,089 were admitted to California Colleges. 434,463 students were finally enrolled into one of accepted schools. The following table and chart illustrates the number of applicant, admitted, and enrolled students for California Colleges.
Applicants, Admitted, and Enrolled (2020-2021)
California Colleges
ApplicantsAdmittedEnrolled
Total4,999,236 2,074,089434,463
Public Schools3,890,496 1,643,124338,077
4 Years (Or High)3,890,387 1,643,085338,075
2-4 Years0 00
Less Than 2 Years109 392
Private Schools1,108,740 430,96596,386
4 Years (Or High)1,098,981 423,10392,666
2-4 Years8,606 6,8982,973
Less Than 2 Years1,153 964747
[CHART#1] Applicants, Admitted, and Enrolled for California Colleges

Acceptance Rate

The average acceptance rate of California Colleges is 41.49% in academic year 2020-2021. Public schools' average acceptance rate was 42.23% and the average rate of private schools was 38.87%. The following table and chart illustrates the average acceptance rate for California Colleges with comparable factors.
Acceptance Rate (2020-2021)
California Colleges
Acceptance Rate
All Schools Average41.49%
Public Schools42.23%
4 Years (Or High)42.23%
2-4 Years0.00%
Less Than 2 Years35.78%
Private Schools38.87%
4 Years (Or High)38.50%
2-4 Years80.15%
Less Than 2 Years83.61%
[CHART#2] Acceptance Rate for California Colleges

Yield (Enrollment Rate)

The average yield, also know as enrollment rate, of California Colleges was 41.49% in academic year 2020-2021. Public schools' average admission yield was 42.23% and the average rate of private schools was 38.87%. The admission yield is a rate of number of enrolled students over number of students who are allowed to admit. The following table and chart illustrates the average admission yield for California Colleges with comparable factors.
Yield (Enrollment Rate) (2020-2021)
California Colleges
Admission Yield
All Schools Average20.95%
Public Schools20.58%
4 Years (Or High)20.58%
2-4 Years0.00%
Less Than 2 Years5.13%
Private Schools22.37%
4 Years (Or High)21.90%
2-4 Years43.10%
Less Than 2 Years77.49%
[CHART#3] Yield (Enrollment Rate) for California Colleges

SAT Scores

The average SAT score of California Colleges is 807 for the academic year 2020-2021. Next table shows SAT average scores of 25th and 75th percentile by subject and school type/level for the academic year 2020-2021. The 25th percentile is the lower 25th score and 75th percentile is the upper 25th score of students who enrolled in colleges.
SAT Scores (2020-2021)
California Colleges
Evidence-based Reading and WritingMath
All Schools Average (4 years schools)25%368368
75%435443
Public Schools25%431431
75%510524
Private Schools25%304306
75%359363
[CHART#4] SAT Scores for California Colleges

ACT Scores

The average ACT score of California Colleges is 32 for the academic year 2020-2021. The following table shows ACT average scores of 25th and 75th percentile by subject and school type/level for the academic year 2020-2021. The 25th percentile is the lower 25th score and 75th percentile is the upper 25th scores of students who enrolled in the colleges.
ACT Scores (2020-2021)
California Colleges
CompositeEnglishMath
All Schools Average25%15 1313
75%19 1817
Public Schools25%171616
75%222221
Private Schools25%131111
75%161514
[CHART#5] ACT Scores for California Colleges