University of Connecticut Admissions Standards

Learn About UConn and the GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores You'll Need

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Students interested in applying to the University of Connecticut can apply with the Common Application. Required materials include SAT or ACT scores, a high school transcript, and a personal essay. The school is selective with an acceptance rate of 48 percent. For more information, and to start an application, visit the school's website.

UConn ranks among the nation's best public universities and the top Connecticut colleges.

Why the University of Connecticut?

  • Location: Storrs, Connecticut
  • Campus Features: UConn spans roughly 4,100 acres across its main campus and four regional campus in Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury. The Storrs campus includes two lakes, a farm, and extensive athletic facilities.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1
  • Athletics: The UConn Huskies compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.
  • Highlights: UConn wins high marks for its green initiatives on campus. The university does well in the national rankings, and at was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

University of Connecticut Admissions Standards 2017-18

For students who entered UConn in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was 48 percent. Standardized test scores are a required component of the application. Below are SAT score percentiles for accepted students.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 680
Math 610 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is a little over 500 for each section, so you can see that successful applicants to the University of Connecticut typically have scores that are a bit above average. A combined score of 1200 or higher is typical.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Englsih 25 33
Math 26 32
Composite 26 31

An average ACT score is a 21, so as with the SAT, students who win admission to UConn tend to have scores that are several points above average.

UConn GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

University of Connecticut GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission
University of Connecticut GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission. Graph courtesy of Cappex

The GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data in the graph was self-reported by applicants to the University of Connecticut. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting into UConn with a free Cappex account.

Discussion of UConn's Admissions Standards

The University of Connecticut is a selective public university, and students who get in tend to have grades and SAT/ACT scores that are at least a little above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B" or better, combined SAT scores of 1100 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or better. Your chance of being admitted increases significantly if your GPA is up in the "A" range and your combined SAT score is over 1200.

You'll see that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle section of the graph. Quite a few students with grades and test scores that were on target for the University of Connecticut did not receive an acceptance letter. At the same time, note that a some students were accepted with test scores and grades that were below the norm. This is because UConn's admissions process is based on more than numbers. UConn accepts the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The admissions folks will want to see that you have taken challenging high school courses, not easy "A"s. Also, the they will want to see a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation (these are optional, but can obviously help). Note that UConn super-scores the SAT and ACT, so you'll want to send in all your scores if you took the exam multiple times.

More University of Connecticut Information

In general, UConn measures up favorably to similarly selective public universities. The school is an excellent value for state residents, and nearly two-thirds of students receive some form of grant aid.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 27,578 (19,241 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50 percent male / 50 percent female
  • 96 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,880 (in-state); $36,948 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $850 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,514
  • Other Expenses: $2,800
  • Total Cost: $31,044 (in-state); $53,112 (out-of-state)

University of Connecticut Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 77 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
  • Grants: 62 percent
  • Loans: 46 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
  • Grants: $13,630
  • Loans: $7,382

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 12 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 70 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 83 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

If You Like UConn, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to the University of Connecticut often look at other comprehensive universities in New England. Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern University all all popular choices. Keep in mind that all three schools are more selective than UConn, and all three are private institutions with much higher price tags. Financial aid, however, can eliminate those price differences for students who qualify.

When it comes to public universities, UConn applicants frequently apply to Central Connecticut State University, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Data Sources: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics.