University of Louisville: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Louisville is a public university with an acceptance rate of 70%. Located three miles from downtown Louisville, the University of Louisville's mission is to be Kentucky's "premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university." With 12 schools and colleges, and over 200 degree programs, Louisville enrolls students from all 50 states and over 94 countries. In athletics, the Louisville Cardinals compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. The men's and women's basketball teams have met with particular success.

Considering applying to the University of Louisville? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, the University of Louisville had an acceptance rate of 70%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 70 students were admitted, making Louisville's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 14,447
Percent Admitted 70%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 25%

SAT and ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Louisville requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. The majority of applicants submit ACT scores, and University of Louisville does not provide data about applicants' SAT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 99% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 31
Math 21 28
Composite 22 29

This admissions data tells us that most of Louisville's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to the University of Louisville received a composite ACT score between 22 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 22.


Note that Louisville does not superscore SAT or ACT results; your highest composite SAT or ACT score will be considered. Louisville does not require the optional writing section of either the SAT or ACT.


In 2019, the average high school GPA of University of Louisville's incoming freshman class was 3.62, and over 50% of admitted students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Louisville have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

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

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Louisville. 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

The University of Louisville, which accepts nearly three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind that the school is also interested in the rigor of your high school courses, not grades alone. They will want to see the successful completion of challenging college preparatory classes. Note that admissions standards vary among Louisville's colleges and programs.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had ACT scores of 20 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1000 or higher. Most accepted students had a "B" or higher high school average.

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

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