Gettysburg College sends out more rejection letters than acceptances, and successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of admitted students had high school grades of "A-" or better, combined SAT scores of 1800 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Your chances are best if you have SAT scores of 1900 or better and a solid "A" average. Note that you can be considered for admission without test scores, but you will need to submit them for placement purposes and to be considered for merit scholarships.
In the middle of the graph, you'll notice quite a few yellow dots (waitlisted students) and a few red dots (rejected students) mixed in with the green and blue. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Gettysburg were not admitted. At the same time, note that some students were accepted with standardized test scores and grades that were a bit below the norm. This is because Gettysburg uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The Gettysburg admissions folks will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." They will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Also important for admission to Gettysburg is the college's supplement to the Common Application.
To learn more about Gettysburg College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Gettysburg College 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?