With an acceptance rate in the single digits, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is one of the most selective colleges in the country. The college's free tuition and excellent programs draw thousands of applicants, so you'll need excellent grades and test scores to get admitted. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that everyone who got in had a high school average in the "A" range, and SAT scores that were well above average. Middling test scores and some mediocre grades aren't going to cut it when applying to The Cooper Union.
Note that there are many red dots and yellow dots (rejected and waitlisted students) throughout the graph. Many applicants with grades and test scores that were on target for The Cooper Union were rejected. This is because Cooper Union has holistic admissions and considers much more than empirical data when making admissions decisions. Art applicants need to complete a "hometest" that includes a portfolio of your work, and you'll also need a letter of recommendation. Architecture applicants also need to complete a hometest, and they have the option of submitting a letter of recommendation. Finally, engineering students need to submit two to three letters of recommendation, and essays are part of the application. For all programs, the school will want to see that you have taken challenging high school courses.
To learn more about The Cooper Union, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- The Cooper Union Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?