Seton Hall University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Seton Hall University

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Seton Hall University is a private Roman Catholic university with an acceptance rate of 70%. Located just 14 miles from Manhattan, Seton Hall University offers students a park-like campus in Northern New Jersey with easy train access to New York City. The university was founded by Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley in 1856 and has maintained its Catholic roots. As a mid-sized university, Seton Hall provides a healthy balance of research and teaching. Undergraduates will find over 60 programs from which to choose, a 14-to-1 student/faculty ratio, and an average class size of 21. In athletics, Seton Hall competes in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference.

Considering applying to Seton Hall? 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, Seton Hall had an acceptance rate of 70%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 70 students were admitted, making Seton Hall's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 19,260
Percent Admitted 70%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 11%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Seton Hall requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 87% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 650
Math 570 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Seton Hall'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 Seton Hall scored between 580 and 650, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 650. In the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 660, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 660. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1310 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Seton Hall.

Requirements

Seton Hall does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Seton Hall participates in the score choice 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

Seton Hall requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 25% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 29
Math 22 27
Composite 24 28

This admissions data tells us that most of Seton Hall's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Seton Hall received a composite ACT score between 24 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

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

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Seton Hall's incoming freshmen class was 3.6. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Seton Hall have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

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

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

Seton Hall University, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has somewhat competitive admissions. However, Seton Hall also has a holistic admissions process 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 university 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 Seton Hall's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had grade point averages in the "B" range or higher, SAT scores over 1000 (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher. Scores a little better than this lower range will improve your chances significantly.