Hampton University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Memorial Church at Hampton University
Memorial Church at Hampton University.

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Hampton University is a private historically black university with an acceptance rate of 44%. Established in 1868 and located on a waterfront campus in southeastern Virginia, Hampton University has a rich history. Booker T. Washington was both a student and teacher at Hampton. The college has a 13-to-1 student / faculty ratio and the most popular undergraduate majors are liberal arts and education, science, and business. In athletics, the Hampton University Pirates compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

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

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 19,733
Percent Admitted 44%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 11%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Hampton University has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above and those who rank in the top 10% of their class may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. Hampton does not provide data regarding the number of applicants who submit SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 500 570
Math 480 550
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 Hampton University's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Hampton University scored between 500 and 570, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 570. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 480 and 550, while 25% scored below 480 and 25% scored above 550. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1120 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Hampton University.

Requirements

Hampton University does not require SAT scores for admission for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above or those who rank in the top 10% of their class. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Hampton participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Hampton University does not require the optional essay section of the SAT.

Applicants who do not submit standardized test scores are strongly encouraged to submit at least one recommendation from a teacher in a core subject area. Note that home-schooled applicants, students attending schools outside the United States, and students wishing to be considered for merit based scholarships must submit standardized test scores.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Hampton University has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above and those who rank in the top 10% of their class may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. Hampton does not provide data regarding the number of applicants who submit ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 20 24

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Hampton University's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Hampton received a composite ACT score between 20 and 24, while 25% scored above 24 and 25% scored below 20.

Requirements

Note that Hampton University does not require ACT scores for admission for applicants who meet the school's GPA or class rank requirement. For students who submit scores, Hampton does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Hampton University does not require the ACT writing section.

Applicants who do not submit standardized test scores are strongly encouraged to submit at least one recommendation from a teacher in a core subject area. Note that home-schooled applicants, students attending schools outside the United States, and students wishing to be considered for merit based scholarships must submit standardized test scores.

GPA

Hampton University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

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

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

Hampton University, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Hampton also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on 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. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Hampton's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were accepted to Hampton University. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M)) of 900 or higher, an ACT composite of 17 or higher, and a high school average of a "B-" or better. Your chances improve measurably if your grades and test scores are above these lower ranges, and you can see that most admitted students had "B" and "A" averages. If you have a GPA of 3.3 or above or rank in the top 10% of your class, you are not required to submit standardized test scores.

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