Only half of all applicants to Denison University will receive an acceptance letter, and to get in you'll need strong grades and standardized test scores. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1800 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Higher numbers clearly improve your chances.
Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Denison University did not win admission. On the flip side, you'll notice quite a few students were accepted with standardized test scores that are a bit below the norm. This is because Denison's admissions process is based on much more than numerical data. The university uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. Denison's admissions folks will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Another important part of the Denison application is the supplement to the Common Application. In your supplemental essay on Denison, be sure to do your homework and clearly demonstrate your interest in the school. Finally, you can use the optional interview to further strengthen your application.
To learn more about Denison University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Denison University 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?