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Colleges With Guaranteed Admission for SAT/ACT Scores

 

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Some colleges will guarantee admission to applicants who meet certain requirements for test scores and GPA. These schools are good choices for students who are looking for sure bets in the college application process.

In this guide, I've compiled together every single school that offers guaranteed admission based on SAT/ACT scores, along with other requirements like residency and GPA. If you're lucky, you'll fit the criteria at one or more of these colleges and be 100% certain of your acceptance if you choose to apply.

  

Why Do Some Schools Offer Guaranteed Admissions?

There are quite a few colleges that offer guaranteed admissions to students who meet certain SAT, ACT, and GPA criteria. This is a practice that make sense for many public colleges because it's an easy way to sort through large pools of applicants, and it keeps standards consistent from year to year. Public colleges tend to be larger in general, so they have the resources to accommodate a higher volume of accepted students. 

Guaranteed admissions also draw in-state students who might otherwise look elsewhere. Since most public colleges are funded by the state, they have an incentive to accept more in-state students. There are several public university systems that offer guaranteed admissions specifically to in-state applicants who meet certain standards. 

For smaller private schools, admitting people based on test scores and GPAs alone might not be feasible because of the limited space and resources that are available.  Private schools also don't distinguish between in-state and out-of-state students. Providing guaranteed admissions might lead to an overwhelming influx of applications since the policy would have to apply to all students across the country.


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I think we should make the "pool of applicants" into a reality. Everyone who applies to college has to get in a giant pool and swim laps. The first person to give up because they realized how ridiculous the whole thing was would be given a full tuition scholarship.

 

Schools With Guaranteed Admissions

This list is comprised of four-year colleges that set SAT and ACT score benchmarks that will guarantee admission for freshman applicants. Most of them also have minimum GPA standards and curriculum requirements as well, so I included those in the chart. For more information on specific policies, visit the admissions websites for these schools. 

 

School Name

SAT Score

ACT Score

Unweighted GPA

Other Requirements

Arizona State University

1110 (Critical Reading and Math)

24

3.0

Students must meet curriculum requirements

University of Arkansas

930
(CR and M)

20

3.0

Students must have completed 16 core academic units

Kansas State University

980
(CR and M)

21

2.5

Students must complete Kansas pre-college curriculum

University of Kansas

1090
(CR and M)

24

3.0

Students must complete Kansas pre-college curriculum

Middle Tennessee State University

1020
(CR and M)

22

N/A

Students must complete curriculum requirements

University of Mississippi

1020
(CR and M)

22

2.75

Students must complete the College Preparatory Curriculum

Mississippi State University

860
(CR and M)

18

2.0

Students must complete the College Preparatory Curriculum

Missouri State University

1050
(CR and M)

23

2.5

Students must complete high school curriculum requirements

University of Nevada

1040
(CR and M)

22

N/A

Students must complete high school curriculum requirements

Oklahoma State University

1090
(CR and M)

24

N/A

Students must complete high school curriculum requirements

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

1130 (CR and Math with 580 Math score)

25 (with 25 Math subscore)

2.75

Students must complete high school curriculum requirements

University of St. Francis

1410

20

2.5

Students must complete high school curriculum requirements

Tulane University

1870

28

3.5

Students must be Louisiana residents, apply early action, and complete curriculum requirements

 

In addition to these schools, if you live in Texas, you are eligible for guaranteed admission at most Texas public universities if you rank in the top 10 percent of your high school class (or rank lower but meet minimum testing standards). The one school with slightly stricter requirements is the University of Texas at Austin, where you must rank in the top 7 percent of your class to be guaranteed admission. 

You should check the websites for individual schools to see what the requirements are for students who rank lower. The University of Houston, for example, also provides guaranteed admission to students who are in the top 11-25% of their class and earn a 1000 on the SAT (Critical Reading plus Math) or a 22 on the ACT, or students who are in the top 26-50% of their class and earn a 1100 on the SAT or a 24 on the ACT. 

If you’re a California resident looking to attend one of the UC campuses, you will be guaranteed admission if you rank in the top 9 percent of high school students in the state based on the UC admissions index (which is heavily influenced by your test scores).

 

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Texas, the Lone Star State and the Multiple Public Colleges with Guaranteed Admissions State.

 

Should You Go to a School with Guaranteed Admissions?

The answer depends on where you live, whether you’re actually interested in any of the schools listed, and how worried you are about your college prospects. Some of the deals listed above are specifically for in-state students, so you would have to live in the same state as the school to benefit from the guaranteed admissions policy. If you do live in the same state as a college with guaranteed admissions, investigate the school and see if it appeals to you in other ways before deciding to apply. 

Schools with guaranteed admission can be good choices for students who have GPAs that are on the lower side. If you put in some effort to prep for standardized tests, you can be accepted to college without a high GPA. If your GPA is close to a 2.0, for example, you'll have a tough time getting into most colleges. Focus on raising your test scores so that you qualify for guaranteed admission at one of these colleges (although most of them have GPA requirements, there are some that only require a 2.0).

Applying to one of these schools when you meet the requirements also takes the stress out of the college application processYou won’t be waiting nervously for an admissions decision since you already know for sure that you’ll be accepted. You also won't have to worry as much about fleshing out the other aspects of your application beyond test scores, GPA, and high school curriculum. 

That being said, if you’re not super interested in any of these schools, don’t apply just because it’s a sure bet. You can find other safety schools that may not have an official guaranteed admissions policy but will almost certainly accept you based on your test scores and GPA. If you're interested in a specific school, Google "[college name] admission requirements PrepScholar" to get to a page that will calculate your chances of acceptance based on your current GPA and SAT or ACT scores.

 

body_dice-3.jpgWith guaranteed admissions, you won't leave anything up to chance. You might have to make a foray into the seedy underworld of high-stakes gambling to pay your tuition, but you can cross that bridge when you come to it.

 

What's Next?

Are you worried that your GPA will prevent you from getting into the college you love? Read up on these strategies for improving your GPA. 

If you're looking at colleges with guaranteed admissions based on test scores, you might be interested in these scholarships that are also guaranteed for students based on SAT or ACT scores.

You may be wondering whether you should take both the SAT and the ACT in case you get a better score on one or the other. Learn more about whether it's beneficial to take both tests.

 

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Samantha Lindsay
About the Author

Samantha is a blog content writer for PrepScholar. Her goal is to help students adopt a less stressful view of standardized testing and other academic challenges through her articles. Samantha is also passionate about art and graduated with honors from Dartmouth College as a Studio Art major in 2014. In high school, she earned a 2400 on the SAT, 5's on all seven of her AP tests, and was named a National Merit Scholar.



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