University of Arizona GPA, SAT and ACT Data

University of Arizona GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Arizona GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University of Arizona GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of the University of Arizona's Admissions Standards:

Admission to the University of Arizona isn't prohibitively selective, and most students with decent grades and test scores have a very good chance of getting in. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had "A" or "B" averages in high school, and they had combined SAT scores of about 950 or higher and ACT composite scores of 18 or higher. Having scores and grades above that lower range clearly increases your chance of getting an acceptance letter. Note that grades are far more important than standardized test scores--applicants do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores when applying to the University of Arizona, although they are required for merit scholarships, the UA Honors College and the College of Engineering.

Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue on the right hand side of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that appeared to be on target for Arizona were not admitted. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades that were below the norm. This is because Arizona's admissions folks look at more than numerical data. For one, they will look at the rigor of your high school courses as well as your grades. Also, the Arizona application asks about applicants' extracurricular activities and work experiences. The application also includes a personal statement that gives you an opportunity to put your grades and test scores in context.

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