University of Alabama GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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University of Alabama Admission Standards

University of Alabama GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission.
University of Alabama GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission. Data Courtesy of Cappex

Although the admissions bar isn't overly high, nearly half of the applicants to the University of Alabama don't get in. Successful applicants will need decent grades and scores on standardized tests.

More than 40 percent of the students in the 2016 freshman class scored a 30 or above on the ACT. The average was 27.1. Thirty-one percent of them had a high school GPA of 4.0 or above. The middle 50 percent of enrolled first-time students had these test score ranges:

  • SAT Critical Reading: 490 to 610
  • SAT Math: 490 to 620
  • ACT Composite: 23 to 31
  • ACT English: 23 to 33
  • ACT Math: 22 to 29

The highest score of the old SAT or new SAT is used. The writing section of the SAT or ACT is not required.

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University of Alabama GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had grades in the "B" range or higher, and they had combined SAT scores (RW+M) 1000 or higher and ACT composite scores of 20 or better. Higher test scores and grades obviously improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and an "A" GPA and above average standardized test scores nearly guarantee admission assuming you have fulfilled Alabama's academic requirements.

Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. A few students with grades and test scores that were on target for 'Bama did not get accepted. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Alabama is looking at more than your grades and test scores. The admissions folks are also assessing the rigor of your high school courses, and they want to see that you have taken important core courses. Also, the University of Alabama is a powerful Division I university, so student's athletic talent can play a role in the admissions process. Essays and letters of recommendation are not part of the Alabama application for admission.

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