Brooklyn College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Brooklyn College

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Brooklyn College is a public college with an acceptance rate of 44%. One of the City University of New York colleges (CUNY), Brooklyn College has an attractive tree-lined 26-acre campus in Brooklyn, New York. The college has strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences that have earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Popular undergraduate majors include psychology, computer science, accounting, and biology. The low tuition of this public university combined with its academic strengths and 16-to-1 student/faculty ratio frequently ranks it among the best educational values in the country.

Considering applying to Brooklyn College? 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, Brooklyn College had an acceptance rate of 44%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 44 students were admitted, making Brooklyn College's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 20,936
Percent Admitted 44%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 19%

SAT and ACT Scores and Requirements

Brooklyn College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. Most students submit SAT scores, and Brooklyn College does not provide statistics for applicants' ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 86% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 520 610
Math 540 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Brooklyn College'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 Brooklyn College scored between 520 and 610, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 540 and 630, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Brooklyn College.


Brooklyn College does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Brooklyn College requires applicants to submit all SAT scores, but will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Brooklyn College does not require SAT Subject tests, but will consider scores if submitted. Minimum score requirements for incoming freshmen include an SAT score of 1080 or an equivalent ACT score.


In 2018, the mean high school GPA of Brooklyn College's incoming freshmen class was 88.2. This information suggests that most successful applicants to Brooklyn College have primarily B+ grades. The minimum required GPA for incoming freshmen is 81.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Brooklyn College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Brooklyn College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Brooklyn College. 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

Brooklyn College, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. Applicants must apply using the CUNY application. Brooklyn College wants to see high grades in rigorous courses and strong test scores. However, Brooklyn College has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. You can improve your chances of acceptance by submitting an optional application essay, glowing letters of recommendation, and a resume of extracurricular activities.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent students who won admission. Most had SAT scores of 1000 or higher (ERW+M), an ACT composite of 20 or higher, and a high school average of a "B" or higher. The graph also shows that having standardized test scores above this lower range improves your chances of acceptance.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Brooklyn College Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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