By Allen Grove
Over a third of all applicants to the Florida Institute of Technology will receive rejection letters. This selective college in Melbourne Florida is looking for students with solid standardized test scores and high school grades, especially in math and science. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most students who were admitted to Florida Tech had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of about 1550 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or higher. Your chances are best if those numbers are a little higher than this lower range.
In the middle of the graph you'll notice a few students with grades and test scores that were on target for Florida Tech who did not get in. The opposite is also true -- some students with grades and test scores below the norm were admitted. This is because Florida Tech has holistic admissions and the school's admissions decisions are not based on a simple matrix of numerical data. The admissions folks want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses that have prepared you for college-level work, so those AP and IB classes greatly improve your chances of receiving an acceptance letter. Florida Tech uses the Common Application, so the college will also want to see an engaging admissions essay, dedicated involvement in extracurricular activities, and glowing letters of recommendation. Florida Tech does not require interviews, but the school does highly recommend them. Doing an optional interview is a great way to demonstrate your interest in Florida Tech and make a positive impression on the admissions officers.
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