University of Wyoming GPA, SAT and ACT Data

As the primary four-year institution in Wyoming, the University of Wyoming plays a major role in the state's higher education landscape. Don't be fooled by the university's extremely high acceptance rate (96% in 2015). The university has minimum requirements for regular admission, so the applicant pool tends to be self selecting.

University of Wyoming GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Wyoming GPA, SAT Score and ACT Score Data for Admission
University of Wyoming GPA, SAT Score and ACT Score Data for Admission. Data Courtesy of Cappex

Discussion of University of Wyoming's Admissions Standards:

Most students who get in have grades and standardized test scores that are average or better. Specifically, regular admission requires an unweighted high school GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, a minimum ACT composite score of 21, and a combined SAT score (RW+M) of 980 (learn more on the UW admissions website).

Those cut-offs, however, don't tell the whole story. In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent students who were admitted to the University of Wyoming. As you can see, the great majority of accepted students had a high school GPA of a 2.7 (a B-) or better, an ACT composite score of 19 or higher, and a combined SAT score (RW+M) of 1000 or better. A few applicants were admitted with grades and scores below these lower ranges, but a significant percentage of applicants had grades up in the "A" range.

The discrepancy between the minimum requirements for admission and the actual admitted student profile is easy to explain: the University of Wyoming has multiple paths to admission for students who do not meet the school's minimum standards for regular admission. The school's "Holistic Alternative Admissions" process asks applicants to write a 350-word essay in addition to the regular application. This holistic piece of the application allows the admissions folks to learn more about the potential for success of applicants with marginal grades and test scores. Finally, UW offers "Admission with Support" for students who have an unweighted high school GPA of 2.5 to 2.99, or a GPA of 2.25 to 2.49 with an ACT composite score of 20 or combined SAT score (RW+M) of 960 (learn more on the UW website). Students who are admitted under "Admission with Support" will take part in the university's Synergy program. This program offers smaller classes and more mentoring to help students succeed in the transition from high school to college.

Finally, the admissions officers at UW will be looking to make sure applicants have completed what they call a "success curriculum" -- 4 years of English, 4 years of math, 4 years of science, 3 years of social science, 2 years of a foreign language, and 2 years of additional coursework. Students who don't meet all of these requirements may still be eligible for admission through the "Admission with Support" option.

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