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Caldwell University Admission Requirements

Caldwell, New Jersey

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Your chances of getting into Caldwell University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Caldwell University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Caldwell University is 96%.  Its admission rate is the 34th lowest in New Jersey.

Admission Selectivity

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

Caldwell University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,353 out of the 3,494 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 60 percent on standardized admission tests. Caldwell University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.3. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 10% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Caldwell University?

96% 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.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Caldwell University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.3 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1160 on the SAT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Caldwell University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Caldwell University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Caldwell University are to have around a 3.3 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.3 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Caldwell University accepts 96% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Caldwell University is 3.3 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 #14 in New Jersey for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Caldwell University 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 3.3 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 Caldwell University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 11.42% Good
3.75 to 3.99 11.81% Good
3.50 to 3.74 18.1% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 17.32% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.39% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 16.54% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 10.24% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.18% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Caldwell University SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Caldwell University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 29% of students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Caldwell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 500
Math 25th Percentile 500
Composite 25th Percentile 1000
SAT Scores for Caldwell University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 610
Math 75th Percentile 700
Composite 75th Percentile 1310
Average SAT Score 1160

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Caldwell University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Caldwell University is 1160 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1000-1310. Students who get into Caldwell University score in the top 60 percent of all SAT test takers..  Caldwell University ranks #11 in the state of New Jersey for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1160 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Caldwell University 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 840, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Caldwell University 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 "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1160 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 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 1155, you have around a 96% chance of being admitted. A 1310 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 98% chance of getting in.

Caldwell University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1310 and Above Good >98%
1155 to 1310 Avg + 96%-98%
1000 to 1155 Avg - 93%-96%
845 to 1000 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 845 Low <87%
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Caldwell University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Caldwell University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile N/A
ACT Scores for Caldwell University
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 2021 starting class

High School Class Rank

63% of Caldwell University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 31% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Caldwell University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 6%
Top 25% of class 31%
Top 50% of class 63%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

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

Caldwell University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,142 1,352 3,494
Accepted 2,066 1,287 3,353
Acceptance Rate 96% 95% 96%
Enrolled 164 185 349
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 8% 14% 10%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Caldwell University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Caldwell University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Caldwell University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Caldwell University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=183910 IPEDS survey data for Caldwell University.


Does Caldwell University prefer SAT or ACT?

29% of students submit their SAT scores to Caldwell University.

What is my chance of getting into Caldwell University?

96% of those who apply are granted admission to Caldwell University. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Caldwell University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1310. The average SAT score is 1155. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.