Chances of getting into Johnson C Smith University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
45.8%
Admission Difficulty for Johnson C Smith University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into JCSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 46% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,919 out of 6,369 applicants were admitted making JCSU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 88 percent. Johnson C Smith University typically accepts and attracts "B-" average high school students. Only 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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JCSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
810-980
Applicants Submitting SAT
76%
SAT Scores for Johnson C Smith University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 420
SAT Math 25th 390
SAT Composite 25th 810
SAT Scores for Johnson C Smith University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 490
SAT Math 75th 490
SAT Composite 75th 980
Average SAT Score 900

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Johnson C Smith University?

Johnson C Smith University typically requires applicants to be in the top 89 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 810 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 720. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 900 out of 1600. The school ranks #45 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 76 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Johnson C Smith University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
980 and Above Good >59%
895 to 980 Avg + 46%-59%
810 to 895 Avg - 33%-46%
725 to 810 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 725 Low <23%
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JCSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
14-18 
Applicants Submitting ACT
40%
ACT Scores for Johnson C Smith University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 12
ACT Math 25th 14
ACT Composite 25th 14
ACT Scores for Johnson C Smith University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 17
ACT Math 75th 17
ACT Composite 75th 18
Average ACT Score 16

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into JCSU?

Admission data indicates that JCSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 14 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 87 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 12 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 16 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 18 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #44 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Johnson C Smith University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Johnson C Smith University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
18 and Above Good >59%
16 to 18 Avg + 46%-59%
14 to 16 Avg - 33%-46%
12 to 14 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 12 Low <23%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
2.97
Typical High School Grades
B-

You can get into Johnson C Smith University with slightly below average high school grades. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Johnson C Smith University was 2.97 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #44 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to JCSU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Johnson C Smith University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 13% Good
3.50 to 3.75 8% Good
3.25 to 3.50 10% Good
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 35% Avg +
2.50 to 2.75 16% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 4% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

55% of Johnson C Smith University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Johnson C Smith University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 8%
Top 25% of class 25%
Top 50% of class 55%
Bottom 50% of class 45%
Bottom 25% of class 12%

Admission Statistics

Johnson C Smith University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,140 2,229 6,369
Accepted 1,897 1,022 2,919
Acceptance Rate 46% 46% 46%
Enrolled 198 152 350
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 10% 15% 12%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Johnson C Smith University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Johnson C Smith University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Johnson C Smith University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198756 IPEDS survey data for Johnson C Smith University.

Frequently Asked Questions

76% of students submit their SAT scores to JCSU. 40% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

46% of those who apply are granted admission to JCSU. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 810 and 980. 76% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 14 and 18. 40% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.