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DeSales University Admission Requirements

Center Valley, Pennsylvania

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Your chances of getting into DeSales University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

77.2%
Admission Difficulty for DeSales University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at DeSales University is 77.2%.  Its admission rate is the 43rd lowest in Pennsylvania.

Admission Selectivity

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

DeSales 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, 2,826 out of the 3,662 who applied were admitted.

DeSales University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.39. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into DeSales University?

77% 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 DeSales University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.39 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1190 on the SAT
  • Score 26 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

DeSales University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.39

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into DeSales University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into DeSales University are to have around a 3.39 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.39 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as DeSales University accepts 77% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at DeSales University is 3.39 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 #71 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since DeSales 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 3.4 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 DeSales University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 4.7% Good
3.75 to 3.99 29.5% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.7% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.7% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 14.3% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 5.5% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.6% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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DeSales University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to DeSales University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 31% of students submitted SAT scores and 3% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1100-1280

Applicants Submitting SAT 

31%
SAT Scores for DeSales University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 560
Math 25th Percentile 540
Composite 25th Percentile 1100
SAT Scores for DeSales University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 640
Math 75th Percentile 640
Composite 75th Percentile 1280
Average SAT Score 1190

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at DeSales University is 1190 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1100-1280. Students who get into DeSales University score in the top 41 percent of all SAT test takers..  DeSales University ranks #34 in the state of Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1190 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. DeSales University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1100, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1010, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

DeSales 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 "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1190 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 1190, you have around a 77% chance of being admitted. A 1280 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 86% chance of getting in.

DeSales University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1280 and Above Good >86%
1190 to 1280 Avg + 77%-86%
1100 to 1190 Avg - 64%-77%
1010 to 1100 Reach 48%-64%
Less than 1010 Low <48%
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DeSales University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

23-29 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

3%
ACT Scores for DeSales University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 21
Composite 25th Percentile 23
ACT Scores for DeSales University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 31
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into DeSales University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to DeSales University is 26, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 23 and 29.  The school ranks #29 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 26. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 23 and score in the score in the top 32 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

3 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to DeSales University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as DeSales University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into DeSales University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 26 score has around 77% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 86% with a 29 ACT score.

DeSales University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >86%
26 to 29 Avg + 77%-86%
23 to 26 Avg - 64%-77%
20 to 23 Reach 48%-64%
Less than 20 Low <48%
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High School Class Rank

59% of DeSales University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 25% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted DeSales University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 24.8%
Top 25% of class 59.4%
Top 50% of class 82%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

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

DeSales University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,369 1,293 3,662
Accepted 1,870 956 2,826
Acceptance Rate 79% 74% 77%
Enrolled 326 183 509
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 19% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

16

Applicants have 16 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to DeSales University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

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

DeSales University 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 required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because DeSales University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.39 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1190 and ACT of 26 will almost guarantee your admission.

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