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OOS Acceptance Rate?

socallovinsocallovin Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
I've tried google searching for CSULB's OOS acceptance rate, but couldn't find anything. Is it generally harder for someone to get in from out of state? For reference, I have a 3.95 GPA W and 1950 SAT.
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  • The Power of OneThe Power of One Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    Honestly even with those fairly good stats, it's going to be hard to get into CSULB or any CSU for that matter. If you were a Californian, you'd be in for sure. But unfortunately since you're not, it's going to be much tougher to get in. CSUs cater to the students in their respective service area/city. I think you'd have a better chance at applying UCs which are far more accepting of OOS since they are usually more willing to pay extra in tuition fees. Have you considered UCLA, UCI, and UCSD which are also found in SoCal?
  • socallovinsocallovin Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Thanks so much! I visited UCLA recently, and I loved it. I thought it was gorgeous! Only problem for me there was that they don't have any business majors, which is what I am looking for. I went to UCI also, and that was nice, but the sticker price is overwhelming for me. And as far as a scholarship, I'm pretty sure I'm not competitive enough for that. And as far as UCSD, I have not visited the campus, but it has the same problem as UCLA as far as not offering business. I'm going to apply to Claremont Mckenna ED, but it's still a far reach because of its acceptance rates. USC was great also, and I am going to apply, but it is very expensive.
  • The Power of OneThe Power of One Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    Yeah, CSULB has a good and cheap business program. UCLA has a beautiful campus! Unfortunately, I think your stats are a bit on the lower side for UCLA. UCSD is nice too, especially if you're looking for an eco-friendly vibe. UCSD is the third best ranked UC, so it might be a slight reach for you as well. UCI is a match for you.

    I'm pretty sure some UCs have business programs. Are any of these majors/programs what you are looking for?

    You have to apply as a "Pre-Business" major. UCB is the hardest UC to get into. If you do get in, the admit rate for Berkeley students into the business major is about 50%. So if you don't get in, you'll have to major in something else.

    UCD- UC Davis :: Academics

    UCI- University of California, Irvine | The Paul Merage School of Business - Site Map

    University of California, Irvine | The Paul Merage School of Business - BS Business Information Management

    UCLA- UCLA Business Economics Program
    Like UCB, you have to take prerequisite courses before applying for this major.

    UCM- Management - Major in Management

    UCR- http://agsm.ucr.edu/bsad/

    UCSD- UC San Diego Department of Economics :: Management Science B.S.

    UCSB- UCSB Economics

    UCSC- https://admissions.sa.ucsc.edu/discover/majors/BusinessManagementEconomics.cfm

    Where exactly are you from? Do you have family in SoCal or do you just like here? Have you considered schools in NorCal? I'm not familiar with private colleges in California, but I'm sure they are more open to giving OOS scholarships and grants. Unfortunately, this isn't true for the public colleges especially with the UC's. : /

    I posted this in another thread, but I think it might help provide some insight for you, so I'm going to post again.

    I'm an incoming freshmen student who will be attending CSULB this fall so please take what I say with a grain of salt. I applied to UCLA, UCR, UCI, UCSD, CSULB, and University of the Pacific, and got accepted everywhere except UCLA. My GPA at the time of applications was a 4.25 W, but I'm graduating with a 4.6 W thanks to my APs that I took as a senior. My UW GPA is about a 3.8. I was forced by my parents to go to CSULB due to financial reasons. I would just like to comment on a few things.

    1. Without a bias preference and a basis on what each CSUs can academically provide, the top three CSUs are SDSU, CSULB, and Cal Poly SLO, respectively. SDSU has a representation of being a party school, but their academics across all areas make it the best. Cal Poly SLO is known for its engineering programs. Unless you have 4.0+ GPA and high test scores, it's going to be hard to get into its engineering programs. However, their other majors are easier to get into.

    2. Source: CSULB's Dean of Admissions who speaks at each student orientation

    CSULB's had 47,000 applicants this year for 5,500 freshmen spots. The only school that had more was UCLA, with CAL coming in at third. The average GPA for incoming freshmen was 3.5 GPA.

    Since CSUs are service schools that cater specifically to students in their area, you're going to need a higher GPA and SAT scores than those students coming from Long Beach high schools. CSUs only take into account SAT scores and GPA, so the higher they are, the better the chances.

    3. Although I was bitter that I couldn't attend a UC, CSUs have such affordable tuition! My parents don't have to be burdened with trying to work overtime in order to pay for my tuition. A semester tuition alone is a mere $2,303! This is quite a bargain compared to other schools! If money is a problem, I'd seriously suggest thinking about going to a CSU. I know many intelligent students opting to go to a CSU due to financial reasons which might explain the increased number of applicants and higher stats of incoming students. On a personal stance, I would also pick SDSU, CSULB, and Cal Poly SLO over the lower tier UCs: UCM, UCR, UCSC. Not only are they more expensive, but they are found in horrible locations and are known to be "drug" active. If the prestige of the college is a matter of concern to you, then unfortunately a CSU probably isn't best.

    4. CSUs are commuter schools so social life is lacking on most campuses. Most students just take their classes and leave. However their are plenty of clubs, organizations, sports, and other activities available on campus. I'm a firm believer in the saying that your social life is what you make it.

    5. The budget crisis in California is not all hype. All schools including community colleges are impacted. This includes the UCs, but to a smaller extent. For that reason it is indeed true that it will most likely take more than 4 years to graduate. 10% of CSULB's students graduate in 4 years, 23% in 5 years, and 14% in 6 years. CSULB has a graduation rate of 55% according to the dean of CSULB. Apparently the amount of students graduating CSUs is a problem that the dean of the entire CSU system is trying to address. Most students are coming in with sub-par math and English skills, so unfortunately they have to take remedial classes. You can avoid taking the placement tests, but merely scoring high on the SAT, ACT, and AP exams. Avoiding these remedial classes will also lessen the time needed to graduate. To help graduate in time, I would strongly suggest persuading your sons or daughters to take AP classes this/these incoming year(s). I personally passed 9/11 APs and coming in with 46 units of credit which is equivalent to 1.5 years of university credit!

    6. The list of impacted majors at CSULB doubled from last year. I would say all majors are technically "impacted." But then again you need to take your GEs and prerequisite classes before you can apply and technically be that specific major. CSULB is specifically known for its engineer, nursing, business, accounting, history, and art majors.

    7. CSULB is in a great location. You're right next to the beach and the weather is always mild. It never gets too hot or too cold. The people at CSULB are very welcoming and approachable! Most are coming from SoCal, but there are many students from NorCal as well. There are very few that are out of state. I know many people from outside of CA who wanted to come here and would pay the extra tuition, and did not get in. That is once again CSUs cater to CA students. I think it would be a good idea for CSUs to increase the amount of out of state students accepted to help with the budget crisis, but I would hate for CA students to lose out on a university education just because they can't pay as much, as in the case of UCs, but that is a different story.

    I hope this helps. =]
  • socallovinsocallovin Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Thank you so much! That was really helpful. I'm looking to do accounting specifically, which is one of the main reasons I really liked CSLUB.

    I have an uncle in Mission Viejo. He very kindly told me I was welcome to live at his place to save money. Like you, he recommended UCI. But as you said, the financial situation there would be hard because I wouldn't be able to get a scholarship. I could do community college for my first 2 years, but I really don't want to miss out of the freshman experience. I also have a really close friend living in LA who I could live with if I had to.

    I'm from the East Coast (VA) and I really just like the change in atmosphere. I would be willing to check out places in Nor Cal but I'd rather be close to my uncle/friend if possible!
  • The Power of OneThe Power of One Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    It sounds like you have everything planned out. It sounds like you have already visited CSULB, is that true? Do you already have a list of schools you want to apply to?
  • socallovinsocallovin Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    No I haven't visited CSULB, I wasn't considering any of the CSU's when I came to Cali (and I probably won't be able to go back before applications are due). In VA I have a very solid list, and in Cali I have a couple I for sure want to apply to but the other few are iffy.
  • The Power of OneThe Power of One Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    It'd be a good idea for you to visit some schools in Cali if you could. If you really want to attend a school in Cali, try and retake your SAT/ACT. Don't forget to have a fairly challenging senior schedule as well.
  • socallovinsocallovin Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    I'm going to retake it in Oct, I'm aiming for around a 2100 hopefully! And yes I'm taking 3 APs next year, as well as accounting. Thanks for your help :D
  • The Power of OneThe Power of One Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    No problem man. I'm glad to help. It's nice to have someone walk you through that whole admission process. I wish you the bets of luck. If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask me.
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