With an acceptance rate around 20%, Washington University in St. Louis is one of the most selective universities in the country. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, acceptances are concentrated in the upper right corner. Students who were accepted to Washington University tended to have "A" averages, SAT scores of 2100 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 31 or higher.
Note that there's a lot of red and yellow hidden behind the green and blue -- many students with grades and test scores that were on target for WashU did not get in. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Washington University has holistic admissions -- the admissions folks are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. A rigorous high school curriculum, winning essay, and interesting extracurricular activities all contribute to a successful application.
To learn more about Washington University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Washington 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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