Denison University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Denison University Swasey Chapel

Chamberednautilus / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

Denison University is a private liberal arts university with an acceptance rate of 34%. Located in Granville, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Columbus, Denison's 900-acre campus is home to a 550-acre biological reserve. Denison boasts an impressive 9-to-1 student/faculty ratio and for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Denison earned a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. On the athletic front, Denison is a member of the NCAA's Division III North Coast Athletic Conference.

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

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Denison University had an acceptance rate of 34%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 34 students were admitted, making Denison's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 8,042
Percent Admitted 34%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Denison University has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Denison may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 45% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 670
Math 610 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Denison's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Denison scored between 600 and 670, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 610 and 710, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 710. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1380 or higher is competitive for Denison University.

Requirements

Denison University does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Denison participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Denison does not require the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Denison has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Denison may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 31% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 27 33
Math 26 29
Composite 28 31

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Denison's admitted students fall within the top 11% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Denison received a composite ACT score between 28 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 28.

Requirements

Note that Denison does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Denison participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Denison does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, over two-thirds of students admitted to Denison had average GPAs of 4.0 and above, or were ranked in the top ten percent of their class. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Denison have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

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

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Denison 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

Denison University, which accepts a third of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Denison also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Denison University recommends optional interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Denison's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or better. Note that SAT and ACT scores are optional, so your grades are going to matter much more than your test scores.

If You Like Denison University, You May Also Like These Schools