In 2010, less than 20% of Vanderbilt University applicants got accepted. To get in, applicants are going to need grades and standardized test scores that are well above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, most successful Vanderbilt applicants had averages in the "A" range, SAT scores of about 1850 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or higher. A large number of applicants had 4.0 GPAs. Clearly the higher your grades and test scores, the better your chance of an acceptance letter.
Keep in mind that there are a significant number of red and yellow dots (rejected and waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Vanderbilt did not get in. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Vanderbilt, like many of the country's most selective colleges, has holistic admissions. The folks in the admissions office are interested in much more than raw numbers. Rigorous high school courses, strong extracurricular involvement, glowing letters of recommendation, and a winning application essay are all important parts of the Vanderbilt's admissions equation.
To learn more about Vanderbilt University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Vanderbilt University 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?
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