Just over a third of all applicants to the University of Rochester will be admitted. Students who get in tend to have standardized test scores and high school grades that are significantly above average. 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 of "A-" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1900 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 29 or better. A significant number of applicants had perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Good grades and test scores alone, however, will not get you into the University of Rochester. You'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout most of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for U of R did not receive an acceptance letter. The opposite is also true -- a few students were accepted with test scores and grades that were below the norm. This is because the University of Rochester's admissions process is based on more than numbers. The university uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Students can further strengthen their applications by providing thoughtful responses to the questions on the application supplement, and artists and athletes can showcase their accomplishments with the Common Application Art Supplement and Athletic Supplement.
To learn more about the University of Rochester, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- University of Rochester 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?