Less than half of all applications to Villanova University are accepted. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who got in had high school GPAs of 3.5 or higher, combined SAT scores of about 1850 or higher and ACT composite scores of 27 or higher. Clearly the higher your grades and standardized test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter.
Note that there are a lot of red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Quite a few students who had grades and test scores that were on target for Villanova University did not get admitted. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Villanova, like most of the country's highly selective private colleges, uses The Common Application and has holistic admissions. The Villanova admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essay, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. Also, the Villanova application has a supplemental essay -- most successful applicants use it to convey their passions.
To learn more about Villanova University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Villanova 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?