Over a third of applicants to Loyola University Maryland will be rejected, and those who get in tend to have standardized test scores and high school grades that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had a high school average of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1700 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 24 or better. Many accepted students had "A" averages and SAT scores over 1900. Keep in mind that Loyola University Maryland is test-optional and does not require students to submit SAT or ACT scores (except in the case of home-schooled students), so grades will matter far more than test scores in the admissions process.
Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Loyola did not get in. On the flip side, note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Loyola's admissions process relies on much more than numerical data. The university uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The admissions officers will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Finally, in the Loyola supplement to the Common Application, be sure to provide specific and compelling reasons for wanting to attend Loyola.
To learn more about Loyola University Maryland, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Loyola University Maryland Admissions Profile
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- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?