Roughly one quarter of all applicants to the University of Dayton will not be admitted. Successful applicants tend to have strong grades and standardized test scores. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1650 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 23 or better. Higher numbers clearly improve the likelihood of receiving an acceptance letter, and a high percentage of admitted students had GPAs up in the "A" range.
You'll notice that on the right side of the graph there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for the University of Dayton did not get in. The opposite is also true -- some students were admitted with grades and test scores that were a bit below the norm. This is because Dayton's admissions process is based on more than numbers. The college uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The University of Dayton's admissions folks will want to see that you have taken rigorous college preparatory courses, not remedial courses that get you an easy "A." Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, a commitment to extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. The college also looks for demonstrated interest, so visiting campus or attending a university event in your area can improve your chances.
To learn more about the University of Dayton, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- University of Dayton 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?