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Collegeville, Pennsylvania

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Your chances of getting into Ursinus College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

82.2%
Admission Difficulty for Ursinus College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Ursinus College is 82.2%.  Its admission rate is the 66th lowest in Pennsylvania.

Admission Selectivity

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

Ursinus 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, 2,661 out of the 3,237 who applied were admitted.

Ursinus College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.53. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Ursinus College?

82% 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 Ursinus College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.53 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1280 on the SAT
  • Score 30 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Ursinus College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.53

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Ursinus College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Ursinus College are to have around a 3.53 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.53 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Ursinus College accepts 82% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Ursinus College is 3.53 on the 4.0 scale. 21% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. 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 #43 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Ursinus College 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 Ursinus College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 21.48% Good
3.75 to 3.99 17.32% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.09% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 18.71% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.93% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 11.32% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.15% 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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Ursinus College SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Ursinus College. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 36% of students submitted SAT scores and 6% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1180-1380

Applicants Submitting SAT 

36%
SAT Scores for Ursinus College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 600
Math 25th Percentile 580
Composite 25th Percentile 1180
SAT Scores for Ursinus College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 690
Composite 75th Percentile 1380
Average SAT Score 1280

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Ursinus College is 1280 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1180-1380. Students who get into Ursinus College score in the top 27 percent of all SAT test takers..  Ursinus College ranks #16 in the state of Pennsylvania and #212 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1280 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Ursinus College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1180, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1080, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Ursinus 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 1280 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 1280, you have around a 82% chance of being admitted. A 1380 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 90% chance of getting in.

Ursinus College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1380 and Above Good >90%
1280 to 1380 Avg + 82%-90%
1180 to 1280 Avg - 71%-82%
1080 to 1180 Reach 56%-71%
Less than 1080 Low <56%
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Ursinus College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

28-32 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

6%
ACT Scores for Ursinus College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 26
Math 25th Percentile 25
Composite 25th Percentile 28
ACT Scores for Ursinus College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 29
Composite 75th Percentile 32
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Ursinus College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Ursinus College is 30, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 28 and 32.  The school ranks #14 in Pennsylvania and #144 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 30. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 28 and score in the score in the top 12 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 26.

6 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Ursinus College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Ursinus College 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 Ursinus College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 30 score has around 82% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 90% with a 32 ACT score.

Ursinus College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >90%
30 to 32 Avg + 82%-90%
28 to 30 Avg - 71%-82%
26 to 28 Reach 56%-71%
Less than 26 Low <56%
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High School Class Rank

54% of Ursinus College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 29% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Ursinus College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 29%
Top 25% of class 54%
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.

Ursinus College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,701 1,522 3,237
Accepted 1,416 1,235 2,661
Acceptance Rate 83% 81% 82%
Enrolled 189 191 381
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 15% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

May 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

8

Applicants have 8 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on May 1, 2024.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Ursinus 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 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 Ursinus College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Ursinus College 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 3.53 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1280 and ACT of 30 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216524 IPEDS survey data for Ursinus College.

FAQs

Does Ursinus College prefer SAT or ACT?

36% of students submit their SAT scores to Ursinus College. 6% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Ursinus College?

82% of those who apply are granted admission to Ursinus College. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Ursinus College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1180 and 1380. The average SAT score is 1280. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Ursinus College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 32. The average ACT score is 30. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.