By Allen Grove
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, accepts about three-quarters of all applicants, and most successful applicants have grades and test scores that are at least a little above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, students who got in tended to have high school averages of "B" or higher, ACT composite scores of 23 or higher, and SAT scores of 1650 or higher. Higher test scores and grades obviously improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and almost all students with "A" averages and above average ACT scores were admitted.
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 Miami University were rejected. Note also that quite a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Miami uses The Common Application and has holistic admissions. Many factors go into every admission decision beyond simple numerical data. The university's admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essay, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation.
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