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Your chances of getting into Aquinas College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Aquinas College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at AQ is 90.8%.  Its admission rate is the 41st lowest in Michigan.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into AQ and can you get accepted?

Aquinas College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 1,921 out of the 2,116 who applied were admitted.

Aquinas College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.52. 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into AQ?

91% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Aquinas College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.52 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1090 on the SAT


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Aquinas College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into AQ are to have around a 3.52 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.52 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as AQ accepts 91% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at AQ is 3.52 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #15 in Michigan for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since AQ is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Aquinas College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 2.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 37.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.5% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 17.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 7.5% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 14.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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AQ SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Aquinas College. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 15% of students submitted SAT scores and 1% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Aquinas College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 500
Math 25th Percentile 500
Composite 25th Percentile 1000
SAT Scores for Aquinas College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 600
Math 75th Percentile 580
Composite 75th Percentile 1180
Average SAT Score 1090

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Aquinas College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at AQ is 1090 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1000-1180. Students who get into Aquinas College score in the top 60 percent of all SAT test takers..  AQ ranks #17 in the state of Michigan for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1090 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. AQ regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1000, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 910, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Aquinas College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1090 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1090, you have around a 91% chance of being admitted. A 1180 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 95% chance of getting in.

Aquinas College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1180 and Above Good >95%
1090 to 1180 Avg + 91%-95%
1000 to 1090 Avg - 84%-91%
910 to 1000 Reach 74%-84%
Less than 910 Low <74%
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AQ ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Aquinas College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile N/A
ACT Scores for Aquinas College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Aquinas College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,262 854 2,116
Accepted 1,155 766 1,921
Acceptance Rate 92% 90% 91%
Enrolled 165 142 307
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 19% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Aquinas College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Aquinas College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Aquinas College Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Required to be considered for admission

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Aquinas College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Aquinas College often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=168786 IPEDS survey data for Aquinas College.


Does Aquinas College prefer SAT or ACT?

15% of students submit their SAT scores to AQ. 1% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Aquinas College?

91% of those who apply are granted admission to AQ. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Aquinas College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1180. The average SAT score is 1090. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.