With a single digit acceptance rate, the United States Naval Academy is one of the country's most selective colleges. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who got in had grades in the "A" range, combined SAT scores above 1700, and ACT composite scores above 24. The higher those grades and test scores, the better your chance of admission.
Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Annapolis did not get accepted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Annapolis has holistic admissions, and the admissions folks are evaluating much more than numerical data. Annapolis looks at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. The academy requires all candidates to interview and pass a physical fitness assessment. Winning candidates typically show leadership potential, interesting extracurricular involvement, and athletic ability. Finally, unlike any civilian colleges, Annapolis requires all applicants to be nominated by a member of congress. A student could have a 4.0 GPA and perfect SAT scores yet still be rejected if some of these other areas are weak.
To learn more about Annapolis, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Annapolis 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?