Roughly a third of applicants to Indiana University in Bloomington don't get admitted. The great majority of successful applicants have grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most admitted students had high school averages of "B" or higher, SAT scores of 1600 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher. The higher those numbers are, the better your chances. Almost no students with "A" averages and above-average test scores were rejected.
Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for IU did not get accepted. Note also that several students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Indiana University looks at the rigor of your high school courses and the quality of your high school, not just your GPA. Also, the admissions folks at Indiana University will in some cases consider essays, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation, community service, and work experience. Grades and standardized test scores are the most important part of your application, but these other factors can make a difference in borderline cases.
To learn more about Indiana University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Indiana 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?