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Your chances of getting into University of Wyoming

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for University of Wyoming
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at UW is 96.8%.  Its admission rate is the lowest in Wyoming.

Admission Selectivity

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

University of Wyoming is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 5,463 out of the 5,645 who applied were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 48 percent on standardized admission tests. University of Wyoming typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.53. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into UW?

97% 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 University of Wyoming you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.53 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1140 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into University of Wyoming?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into UW 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 UW accepts 97% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at UW is 3.53 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 #1 in Wyoming for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since UW 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 University of Wyoming students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 11.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 29.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 10.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% 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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UW SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by University of Wyoming.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for University of Wyoming
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 520
Math 25th Percentile 520
Composite 25th Percentile 1040
SAT Scores for University of Wyoming
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 620
Math 75th Percentile 620
Composite 75th Percentile 1240
Average SAT Score 1140

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at UW is 1140 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1040-1240. Students who get into University of Wyoming score in the top 53 percent of all SAT test takers..  UW ranks #1 in the state of Wyoming for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1140 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. UW regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1040 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1040, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 940, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of Wyoming 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 "neither required nor recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1140 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 1140, you have around a 97% chance of being admitted. A 1240 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 98% chance of getting in.

University of Wyoming admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1240 and Above Good >98%
1140 to 1240 Avg + 97%-98%
1040 to 1140 Avg - 94%-97%
940 to 1040 Reach 90%-94%
Less than 940 Low <90%
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UW ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for University of Wyoming
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 20
Math 25th Percentile 20
Composite 25th Percentile 21
ACT Scores for University of Wyoming
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 27
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into UW?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to UW is 24, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 21 and 28.  The school ranks #1 in Wyoming for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 24. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 21 and score in the score in the top 43 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 75 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Wyoming.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of Wyoming is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "neither required nor recommended".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into UW for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 24 score has around 97% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 99% with a 28 ACT score.

University of Wyoming admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >99%
24 to 28 Avg + 97%-99%
21 to 24 Avg - 95%-97%
18 to 21 Reach 91%-95%
Less than 18 Low <91%
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High School Class Rank

77% of University of Wyoming freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 46% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Wyoming students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 20.3%
Top 25% of class 46.4%
Top 50% of class 77%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

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

University of Wyoming admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,844 2,782 5,645
Accepted 2,773 2,671 5,463
Acceptance Rate 98% 96% 97%
Enrolled 744 733 1,477
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 27% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 10, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 312 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 10, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Wyoming is $40.

Application Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because University of Wyoming 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 1140 and ACT of 24 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240727 IPEDS survey data for University of Wyoming.


Does University of Wyoming prefer SAT or ACT?

37% of students submit their SAT scores to UW. 75% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Wyoming?

97% of those who apply are granted admission to UW. 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 University of Wyoming?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1040 and 1240. The average SAT score is 1140. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Wyoming?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. The average ACT score is 24. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.