Roughly one in every three applicants to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will be rejected. Successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who got in had high school averages of "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of about 1650 or higher and ACT composite scores of 23 or higher. Clearly the higher your grades and standardized test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter. Very few students with solid "A" averages were rejected by UMass Amherst.
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 who had grades and test scores that were on target for UMass Amherst did not get in. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because UMass Amherst uses The Common Application and has holistic admissions. The admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your GPA. Successful applicants also need to have a winning application essay, interesting extracurricular activities, and strong letters of recommendation. Some programs at UMass have portfolio or audition requirements as well.
To learn more about UMass Amherst, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- UMass Amherst 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?