Although the admissions bar isn't overly high, nearly half of the applicants to the University of Alabama don't get in. Successful applicants will need decent grades and standardized test scores. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had grades in the "B" range or higher, and they had combined SAT scores 1350 or higher and ACT composite scores of 18 or better. Higher test scores and grades obviously improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and an "A" GPA and above average standardized test scores nearly guarantee admission assuming you have fulfilled Alabama's academic requirements.
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. A few students with grades and test scores that were on target for 'Bama did not get accepted. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Alabama is looking at more than your grades and test scores. The admissions folks are also assessing the rigor of your high school courses, and they want to see that you have taken important core courses. Also, the University of Alabama is a powerful Division I university, so student's athletic talent can play a role in the admissions process. Essays and letters of recommendation are not part of the Alabama application for admission.
To learn more about the University of Alabama, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Alabama 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?