BYU GPA, SAT, and ACT Data for Admissions

Scores of Students Applying to Brigham Young University

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

Brigham Young University has selective admissions—roughly half of applicants receive acceptance letters. Successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. According to BYU, students admitted as freshmen in 2017 had an average GPA of 3.86, an average ACT of 29.5 and an average SAT of 1300.

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What the Graph Says About Admissions to BYU

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "A-" or higher, ACT composite scores of 23 or higher, and combined SAT scores of 1100 or better (RW+M). Your chances are best if you have an "A" average and an ACT composite score of 25 or higher.

Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Brigham Young University did not get admitted. At the same time, note that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm.

What BYU Looks for in Applicants

Brigham Young University's admissions process is based on much more than numbers. The admissions folks want to see that you have taken challenging courses such as AP and IB. They also take into consideration an applicant's personal essays, demonstration of leadership, special talents, creativity, and personal circumstances. They particularly note on their website that they pay attention to the applicant's writing ability in the essay portion of the admission application. Be sure to spend time polishing your essays.

Finally, BYU requires every student to have an ecclesiastical endorsement. A church leader needs to identify the applicant as someone who can uphold BYU's honor code and dress standards. Students who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will need to be interviewed by a bishop in the church. They recommend that prospective students live the standards of the LDS Church and attend and graduate from LDS seminary.

For college prep coures, BYU recommends four years of mathematics and English, two to three years of laboratory science, two years of history or government, and two or more years of foreign language.

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