Arizona State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Arizona State University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 85%. The university is one of five unique ASU campuses located throughout Phoenix: the main campus in Tempe, the Downtown Campus in Phoenix, the West Campus in Phoenix, the Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, and the Colleges at Lake Havasu City. The Tempe campus has over 51,000 students and is one of the largest universities in the country.

Arizona State has well-respected academic programs in Business and Engineering. It was also awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. The Arizona State Sun Devils compete in the NCAA Division I Pacific 12 Conference.

Considering applying to Arizona State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Arizona State University had an acceptance rate of 85%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 85 were admitted, making ASU's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 26,869
Percent Admitted 85%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 39%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Arizona State requires that all applicants fulfill "aptitude requirements". These requirements can be demonstrated by class rank (top 25%), average GPA of 3.0 in competency courses, an SAT score of 1120 or above (residents), or 1180 or above (nonresidents), or an ACT score of 22 or above (residents), or 24 or above (nonresidents). Some degree programs have higher SAT/ACT requirements. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 60% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 570 670
Math 560 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Arizona State's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to ASU scored between 570 and 670, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 560 and 690, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 690. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1360 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Arizona State University.

Requirements

ASU does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Arizona State participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Arizona State requires that all applicants fulfill "aptitude requirements". These requirements can be demonstrated by class rank (top 25%), average GPA of 3.0 in competency courses, an SAT score of 1120 or above (residents), or 1180 or above (nonresidents), or an ACT score of 22 or above (residents), or 24 or above (nonresidents). Some degree programs have higher SAT/ACT requirements.During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 58% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 29
Math 22 28
Composite 22 29

This admissions data tells us that most of Arizona State's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to ASU received a composite ACT score between 22 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Arizona State does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, ASU superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the mean high school GPA of Arizona State University's incoming freshman class was 3.54. This information suggests that most successful applicants to ASU have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Arizona State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Arizona State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Arizona State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Arizona State University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If you have completed the course competency and aptitude requirements you have a strong chance of being accepted. ASU requires all applicants to have four years of English and math, 3 years of laboratory science and social studies, 2 years of the same foreign language, and 1 year of fine arts or technical education. In addition to course requirements, ASU applicants must demonstrate aptitude by class rank, GPA, or minimum ACT or SAT scores. If an applicant fulfills these requirements, they will likely be admitted to ASU.

A student who doesn't meet minimum grade and test score requirements will still be considered through "individual review," a process by which an individual's background and accomplishments are taken into consideration. Also, as a strong Division I university, Arizona State may take a student's athletic skill into consideration during the admissions process.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had "A" or "B" averages in high school, and they had combined SAT scores of about 900 or higher (ERW+M) and ACT composite scores of 17 or higher. Having scores and grades above that lower range significantly increases your chance of getting an acceptance letter from Arizona State.