By Allen Grove
Fewer than a third of Emory University applicants get accepted. To get in, you're going to need grades and test scores that are well above average. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had averages in the "A" range, SAT scores of about 1800 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or higher. A significant number of applicants had 4.0 GPAs. Clearly the higher your grades and test scores, the better your chance of an acceptance letter.
Note that there are a significant number of red and yellow dots (rejected and waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue. Many students who had grades and test scores that were on target for Emory did not get in. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Emory, like many of the country's most selective colleges, has holistic admissions. The admissions folks are interested in much more than numerical data. Rigorous high school courses, strong extracurricular involvement, glowing letters of recommendation, and a winning application essay are all important parts of the admissions equation.
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