Muhlenberg College sends out more rejection letters than acceptance letters. Successful applicants tend to have strong grades and standardized test scores. 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 "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of 1800 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Many admitted students had solid "A" averages. Note that grades are much more important than test scores -- Muhlenberg has a test-optional policy, and students who don't want to submit standardized test scores can do an interview and write an extra essay instead.
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 Muhlenberg 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 Muhlenberg uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The Muhlenberg admissions folks will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not remedial classes that get you an easy "A." They will be looking for a winning essay, meaningful involvement in extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Doing an optional interview can also strengthen your application.
To learn more about Muhlenberg College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Muhlenberg 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?