As one of the stronger public universities in the country, the University of Oregon has selective admissions. Roughly one out of five applicants will not get in, and successful applicants tend to have average or above average grades and standardized test scores. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" or "B" range, ACT composite scores of 20 or higher, and combined SAT scores of 1500 or better. Somewhat higher grades and test scores significantly improve your chances of receiving an acceptance letter from Oregon.
Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue on the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for the University of Oregon were rejected. On the flip side, note that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because the University of Oregon has a holistic admissions process, and the admissions folks look at more than numerical data. They will be evaluating the rigor of your high school courses, the quality of your admissions essay, your level of involvement with extracurricular activities, and your special talents. You can also include an optional statement about personal circumstances that may have affected your college preparation. In general, the university is looking for students with academic potential who will contribute to the school's diverse community.
To learn more about the University of Oregon, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- University of Oregon 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?