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Loyola University Chicago frequently ranks among the top Catholic colleges in the country, and most applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average to get admitted. Over one in three applicants will not get in. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who got in had high school averages in the "B" range or better, combined SAT scores of about 1500 or higher and ACT composite scores of 21 or higher. Clearly the higher your grades and standardized test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter.
Note that there are a quite 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 who had grades and test scores that were on target for Loyola did not get admitted. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. These variations in the numerical data occur because Loyola University Chicago has holistic admissions. The admissions officers take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your GPA, and they also want to see a winning application essay, interesting extracurricular activities, and strong letters of recommendation. Clear strengths in some of these qualitative areas can help make up for less-than-ideal quantitative data.
To learn more about Loyola University Chicago, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
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