UTEP, the University of Texas at El Paso, has nearly open admissions -- in 2010 99% of all applicants were accepted. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had "A" or "B" averages in high school, and they had combined SAT scores (math + reading + writing) of about 1350 or higher and ACT composite scores of 18 or higher. Students with higher grades and test scores are almost guaranteed to get an acceptance letter assuming their applications are complete and they have taken the required high school courses.
Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) in the middle of the graph. A few students with grades and test scores that were on target for UTEP failed to get in. In most cases, this was probably because an applicant was disqualified for failing to meet minimum requirements. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because UTEP has several pathways to admission, and some are less dependent on grades or test scores than others. UTEP uses the same application as the rest of Texas's public universities. Your extracurricular activities, work experiences, awards, and community service are all part of that application.
To learn more about UTEP, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- UTEP 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?