UCF GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Central Florida, UCF, GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
UCF, University of Central Florida GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of UCF's Admissions Standards:

With an acceptance rate of less than 50%, the University of Central Florida has become increasingly selective in recent years. Most accepted students have above average test scores and grades. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent the students who got in. You can see that most successful applicants had "B" or higher averages, SAT scores of about 1100 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher. The higher those numbers, the better your chance of an acceptance letter.

Note that there is some red and yellow (rejected and waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue, especially in the middle of the graph. The graph below highlights this point. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for UCF did not get in. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little below the norm. This is because UCF is looking at more than your GPA -- they give greater weight to challenging AP and IB classes than other less challenging courses. Optional letters of recommendation can also be a factor.

Finally, if your grades and test scores are borderline for UCF, it is worth submitting the optional application essay. Whether you use the Common Application or the University of Central Florida application, make sure you put time and care into your essay so that it strengthens your essay. Interviews and letters of recommendation are not a part of the University of Central Florida application. 

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Rejection and Waitlist Data for UCF

University of Central Florida Rejection Data
University of Central Florida Rejection Data. Data Courtesy of Cappex

When we strip away the blue and green dots represented accepted students, we can see that the data points representing rejected and waitlisted students overlaps with the acceptance data. In the middle of the graph, admissions decisions can go either way. The difference between a rejection and an acceptance might be the result of your high school preparation or the specific requirements of your planned program of study. Keep in mind that UCF gives extra weight to AP, IB, AICE, and Dual Enrollment courses as well as other advanced college preparatory classes.

The upper right corner of the graph is also telling. Nearly all applicants with "A" grades and standardized test scores that were well above average were admitted. The University of Central Florida is certainly selective, but the admissions process is largely empirical. If you have straight "A" grades in high school and a 1350 or higher combined SAT score, you are almost certain to receive an acceptance letter.