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Acceptance Rate 45.1%
Yield (Enrollment Ratio) 17.96%
Applicants 1,772,089
Admitted 799,260
Enrolled 143,569

Applying To California Colleges

The average acceptance rate is 45.1% at California colleges and universities where total 1,772,089 students have applied and 799,260 have been accepted. The average undergraduate application fees is $74.00 and the graduate application fees is $68.00. Next table presents the general admission information for applying to California colleges.
General Admission Information of California Colleges
Open Admission Policy449 out of 770 schools
Average Undergraduate Application Fees$ 74.00
Average Graduate Application Fees$ 68.00
Average Acceptance Rate45.1%
Average Yield (Enrollment Rate)17.96%
Average Test Scores1,277 SAT / 28 ACT

Acceptance Rates and Headcounts

For academic year 2021-2022, total 1,772,089 students (789,294 men and 982,709 women) applied to and 799,260 (323,579 men and 475,579 women) students were accepted to admit California Colleges. Among them, 60,969 men and 82,263 women were enrolled into California schools. The average acceptance rate is 45.10% and admission yield (enrollment rate) is 17.96%. The table below shows the California colleges admission statistics including admission and enrolment rates.
Admission Statistics for California Colleges (2021-2022)
TotalMenWomen
Applicants1,772,089789,294982,709
Admitted799,260323,579475,579
Enrolled143,56960,96982,263
Acceptance Rate 45.10% 41.00% 48.39%
Enrollment Ratio 17.96% 18.84% 17.30%
[Chart]California Colleges Average Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

For California college, 4,711 students (19.00% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 2,659 students (10.00%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,372 and 25th percentile score is 1,181. For ACT scores, 75th percentile score is 89 and 25th percentile score is 72. Next table shows the detail SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at California colleges and universities.
SAT and ACT Score Distribution at California Colleges
25th Percentile75th Percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing594.00683.00
SAT Math587.00689.00
ACT Composite25.0030.00
ACT Math23.0028.00
ACT English24.0031.00
[Chart] SAT/ACT Distribution - California Colleges
[Chart] Average SAT Scores - California Colleges
[Chart] Average ACT Scores - California Colleges

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

In California State, 260 schools use semester calendar systems and 65 schools are based on quarter system. Next table lists the number of schools with their calendar systems.
Semester260 out of 770 schools
Quarter65 out of 770 schools
Trimester24 out of 770 schools
Four-one-four plan9 out of 770 schools
Other academic year29 out of 770 schools
Differs by program110 out of 770 schools
Continuous197 out of 770 schools
Un-Known/Other76 out of 770 schools
Next table describes credits that California colleges and universities are accepting for their students
Dual Credits236 out of 770 schools
Credits for Life Experiences168 out of 770 schools
Advanced placement (AP) Credits284 out of 770 schools
Credit for Military Training260 out of 770 schools

Application Requirements

98 California schools require High School GPA and 116 schools require High School Record (or Transcript). The test scores such as SAT and ACT are required by 3 California colleges. Next table summarizes the application requirements for applying to California colleges.
Admission Checklist for California Colleges
RequiredRecommended
High School GPA987
High School Rank125
High School Record (or Transcript)1160
Completion of College Preparatory Program5528
Recommendations4510
Formal Demonstration of Competencies236
Admission Test Scores311
TOEFL689
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)00