College Acceptance Rates and Scores PA

College Admissions

Here is the good news about college admissions:  almost every student who wants to go to a 4-year college or university will be able to do so.  There is a school (maybe many!) that will fit with a student’s GPA, test scores, and academic ability.  There are many different factors that make a school and a student a good fit, and the selectivity or reputation of a particular institution is only a small part of that.  The information below is a subset of colleges and universities that are frequently applied to by our students; this is by no means an exhaustive list.

Please note: this information is correct to the best of our knowledge.  College admissions policies and data are constantly changing, so please contact the admissions departments of schools directly to confirm all admissions policies.

College Acceptance Rates:  How to Read Our Table

  • The acceptance rate is the percent of students who applied last year who were admitted
  • The GPA is the average (mean). This represents the middle range, it is NOT a floor
  • The SAT and ACT scores show the 25th and 75th percentiles for students who were admitted. As an example, last year Penn State admitted roughly 20,000 students directly from high school (with about 1/3 enrolling).  Of those admissions, 5000 students scored below a 1250 on the SAT and 5000 scored above a 1430, with the other 10,000 in between those two scores.
  • While being at the top end of the ranges listed here definitely helps with admissions, if the rest of the factors are strong enough students can still gain admittance to schools if their scores are a little out of the range.
University Acceptance Rate GPA SAT ACT Essay Interviews Recommendations
American University 46% 3.7 1240 – 1390 27 – 32 Required Optional Required
Bryn Mawr
College
41% 3.9 1330 – 1510 29 – 33 Required Optional Required

Bucknell
University

31% 3.5 1220 – 1440 28 – 31 Required None Required
Cornell University 14% 4.0 1390 – 1540 32 – 34 Required Optional Required
Georgetown University 15% 4.0 1370 – 1540 31 – 34 Required Required Required
Harvard University 6% 4.0 1470 – 1600 32 – 35 Required Recommended Required
Haverford College 19% 4.0 1400 – 1560 31 – 34 Required Recommended Required
NYU 35% 3.7 1250 – 1480 28 – 32 Recommended Optional Recommended
Penn State University 50% 3.6 1250 – 1430 28 – 32 Required None None
Swarthmore College 17% 4.0 1380 – 1540 31 – 34 Required Recommended Required
Temple University 56% 3.6 1120 – 1330 23 – 29 Required None None
University of Colorado –
Boulder
84% 3.6 1180 – 1370 26 – 31 Required Optional Required
University of Delaware 66% 3.7 1200 – 1350 25 – 30 Required Optional Required
University of Pennsylvania 10% 3.9 1450 – 1590 32 – 35 Required Optional Required
University of Pittsburgh 53% 4.0 1280 – 1420 28 – 33 Recommended None Recommended
University of Richmond 32% 3.8 1360 – 1490 31 – 33 Required Optional Required
University of Virginia 29% 4.2 1220 – 1500 31 – 34 Required None Required
Villanova University 49% 4.2 1380 – 1490 31 – 34 Required None Required
West Chester University 59% 3.4 1060 – 1240 21 – 26 Required Required for some programs None

 

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