American University GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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American University GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

American University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
American University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of American University's Admissions Standards:

Only about a third of all applicants to American University will receive an acceptance letter. Successful applicants tend to have standardized test scores and high school grades that are above average. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1100 or higher (RW+M), and ACT composite scores of 23 or better. Your chances are best if your GPA is up in the "A" range. Test scores will not be used for the admissions decision if applicants complete American's test-optional form.

Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in all but the uppermost right corner of the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for American University did not get in. At the same time, note that a some students were accepted with standardized test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because American's admissions process is based on more than numerical data. The university uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The AU admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Finally, be sure to provide a thoughtful response to the "Statement of Interest" on American's supplement to the Common Application.

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