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Union University Admission Requirements

Jackson, Tennessee

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Your chances of getting into Union University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Union University
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Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Union University is 52.9%.  Its admission rate is the 10th lowest in Tennessee.

Admission Selectivity

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

Union University is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 1,407 out of the 2,660 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent (SAT 1120/1330 ACT 23/30). Union University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.8. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Union University?

53% 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 Union University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.8 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1230 on the SAT
  • Score 26 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Union University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Union University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Union University are to have around a 3.8 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Union University accepts 53% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Union University is 3.8 on the 4.0 scale. 43% 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 A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #4 in Tennessee for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 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 Union University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 43.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 27.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 15.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 9.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 3.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 3.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% 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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Union University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Union University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 570
Math 25th Percentile 550
Composite 25th Percentile 1120
SAT Scores for Union University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 640
Composite 75th Percentile 1330
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Union University is 1230 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1120-1330. Students who get into Union University score in the top 37 percent of all SAT test takers..  Union University ranks #7 in the state of Tennessee for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1230 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Union University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1120 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1120, 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. 14 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1230 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 1225, you have around a 53% chance of being admitted. A 1330 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 68% chance of getting in.

Union University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1330 and Above Good >68%
1225 to 1330 Avg + 53%-68%
1120 to 1225 Avg - 37%-53%
1015 to 1120 Reach 24%-37%
Less than 1015 Low <24%
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Union University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Union University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 23
Math 25th Percentile 20
Composite 25th Percentile 23
ACT Scores for Union University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 32
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Union University is 26, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 23 and 30.  The school ranks #6 in Tennessee 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.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 86 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Union University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Union University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 26 score has around 53% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 70% with a 30 ACT score.

Union University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >70%
26 to 30 Avg + 53%-70%
23 to 26 Avg - 39%-53%
20 to 23 Reach 27%-39%
Less than 20 Low <27%
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High School Class Rank

58% of Union University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 36% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Union University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 36%
Top 25% of class 58%
Top 50% of class 86%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

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

Union University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,848 812 2,660
Accepted 954 453 1,407
Acceptance Rate 52% 56% 53%
Enrolled 216 139 355
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 31% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Union University is $35.

Application Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Union University is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.8 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1230 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1330 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 26 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Union University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=221971 IPEDS survey data for Union University.


Does Union University prefer SAT or ACT?

14% of students submit their SAT scores to Union University. 86% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Union University?

53% of those who apply are granted admission to Union University. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Union University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1120 and 1330. The average SAT score is 1225. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Union University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 30. The average ACT score is 26. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.