You'll need solid grades to get into St. Lawrence University. This selective liberal arts university accepts less than half of all applicants. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages in the "B+" range or better, combined SAT scores of 1750 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 25 or better. Note that grades are much more important than standardized test scores at St. Lawrence -- the university has test-optional admissions.
Good grades and (in many cases) test scores, however, are just one part of a successful St. Lawrence application. You'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) interspersed with the green and blue throughout the graph. Some applicants had grades and test scores that were on target for St. Lawrence University yet were not admitted. The opposite is also true -- some students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because St. Lawrence's admissions process is based on more than numerical information. The college uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. St. Lawrence will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. They want to see that you have taken challenging college preparatory classes. Also, the admissions folks will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Finally, St. Lawrence has a supplement to the Common Application -- make sure you provide a thoughtful and specific answer when asked why you think St. Lawrence is a good match for you.
To learn more about St. Lawrence University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- St. Lawrence 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?