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Your chances of getting into Lee University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Lee University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Lee University is 83%.  Its admission rate is the 32nd lowest in Tennessee.

Admission Selectivity

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

Lee University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 1,843 out of the 2,222 who applied were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent (SAT 1000/1230 ACT 20/28). Lee University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.73. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

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

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.73 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1120 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Lee University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Lee University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Lee University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Lee University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1230
Average SAT Score 1120

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Lee University?

Students who get into Lee University score in the top 60 percent of all SAT test takers.. The SAT composite score range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1000-1230 and the average score is 1120.  Lee University ranks #16 in the state of Tennessee for highest average SAT composite score. You should target scoring 1120 or above to be competitive with most other applicants. Lee University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students may be accepted with SAT's as low as 880. 21 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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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 1115, you have around a 83% chance of being admitted. A 1115 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 90% chance of getting in.

Lee University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1230 and Above Good >90%
1115 to 1230 Avg + 83%-90%
1000 to 1115 Avg - 72%-83%
885 to 1000 Reach 57%-72%
Less than 885 Low <57%
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Lee University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Lee University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Lee University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Lee University regularly accepts students who score 20 and above on the ACT. These students typically score in the top 49 percent nationally. The ACT composite score range for the middle 50% of students is 20-28. We estimate the school accepting a minimum ACT composite score around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 in Tennessee for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 74 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Lee University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Lee University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >90%
24 to 28 Avg + 83%-90%
20 to 24 Avg - 72%-83%
16 to 20 Reach 57%-72%
Less than 16 Low <57%
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Lee University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Lee University?

You are required to have very good grades in high school to get into Lee University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Lee University was 3.73 on the 4.0 scale. This indicates that primarily A- average high school students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Tennessee for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.73 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Lee University accepts 83% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Lee University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 32.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 27.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 16.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 10.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

High School Class Rank

55% of Lee University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Lee University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 28%
Top 25% of class 55%
Top 50% of class 79%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Lee University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,589 633 2,222
Accepted 1,308 535 1,843
Acceptance Rate 82% 85% 83%
Enrolled 404 216 620
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 40% 34%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Lee University is $25.

Application Requirements

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

Lee University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Lee University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=220613 IPEDS survey data for Lee University.


Does Lee University prefer SAT or ACT?

21% of students submit their SAT scores to Lee University. 74% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Lee University?

83% of those who apply are granted admission to Lee University. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Lee University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1230. 21% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Lee University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 28. 74% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.