The Public Ivies – 2023 Edition (2023)

Ask ten people you know where to find the best coffee in town, and it’s doubtful they’ll all agree. It makes sense–your neighbor might be a cappuccino diehard who prefers that hole-in-the-wall local joint while your best friend exclusively drinks frozen concoctions from Starbucks. However, if the SBUX drive-thru line is around the building, you’d be wise to go out on a limb and check out the Other Place down the street–you might just discover that they offer killer breakfast sandwiches on homemade bagels. Similarly, while the eight colleges that comprise the Ivy League are often viewed as the pinnacle of selectivity and academic rigor, there are dozens of comparable options waiting to be discovered. If you’d like to avoid crushing sub-ten Ivy League acceptance rates, frigid Northeast winters, and/or sky-high tuition without compromising academic rigor, one of the Public Ivies could be a fantastic choice for you.

What are the Public Ivies?

As tuition fees rise and acceptance rates plummet at private institutions, high schoolers are finding it more and more necessary to diversify their college lists. Accordingly, there has been a push by college counselors and professionals to expose students and families to new, previously unexplored possibilities. This effort has resulted in new types of rankings systems, from Colleges That Change Lives to the “Little Ivies.” To sum it up, today’s college applicant wants options.

The original Public Ivy list was borne from a similar sentiment. In 1985, Richard Moll, a former admissions officer at Yale, Bowdoin, Vassar, and UC Santa Cruz who helped develop the Common Application, released his book: The Public Ivys: A Guide to America’s Best Colleges and Universities. In doing so, he hoped to highlight excellent public institutions that offered Ivy-equivalent educations at affordable prices. To qualify for Moll’s list, colleges needed to offer rigorous academic programs, possess the resources necessary to hire top-notch faculty, feature a selective admissions process, and provide a certain type of campus environment. Accordingly, his list of 15 colleges included the entire UC system, the College of William and Mary, Miami University of Ohio, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, UNC-Chapel Hill, UT Austin, the University of Vermont, and the University of Virginia.

Has the list of Public Ivy League schools changed since 1985?

In 2001, Howard and Matthew Greene, a team of educational consultants, released The Public Ivies: America’s Flagship Public Institutions. In their book, they reevaluated and expanded upon Moll’s original list, identifying a total of thirty colleges and universities that they felt qualified as Public Ivy contenders.

While the Ivy League itself is static–Columbia, Yale, Brown, UPenn, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Cornell will forever be the only eight–the Public Ivies are not. However, the current lists represent the best efforts of those at the forefront of college admissions to help students and families identify excellent, affordable institutions at which to begin their post-secondary journeys.

How should I assess whether a Public Ivy is a good fit for me?

You’ll want to consider selectivity, cost, and academic program strength. Public Ivies like Miami University–Oxford and the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities recently accepted 89% and 73% of applicants, respectively. However, UC Berkeley accepts 15% of applicants while Georgia Tech only accepts 18%.

In regard to cost, Public Ivy League schools are typically much more affordable. While private Ivy League institutions have endless multibillion-dollar endowments with which to subsidize tuition costs for the neediest students, middle-class and wealthy families can expect to pay the full cost of attendance. However, not only do Public Ivies offer competitive tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students, but they also often provide merit and athletic scholarships to talented applicants. For middle-class families who may not qualify for much financial aid but can’t afford the yearly $75,000+ price tag at a private institution, such scholarships can be especially significant.

Finally, it is important to consider academic program strength at the Public Ivies. Ivy League schools are generally considered to be strong across all academic offerings. However, since Public Ivies typically enroll many more thousands of students, they may have just a few standout programs. For example, SUNY Binghamton’s accounting, chemistry, psychology, and nursing programs are most well-respected, while Pitt is known for its business and engineering schools. Prospective English majors should check out UC Berkeley, and animal science students would do well to investigate UC Davis.

That said, Public Ivies may also offer incredibly selective and highly regarded honors programs–such as Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College or the Clemson University Honors College–that provide a comparable experience to elite liberal arts schools. In addition, smaller Public Ivies can offer a more intimate academic and campus environment, such as The College of William and Mary (6,236 students) or the New College of Florida (646 students).

List of Public Ivies

According to our most recent research on affordability, return on investment, and academic offerings, we’ve compiled the best public institutions from both Moll’s and Greene’s lists–in addition to a few new selections–to create a robust array of options across the United States.

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1)Binghamton University (SUNY)

With a 92% retention rate, SUNY Binghamton is best known for its program in accounting, which is regarded highly by NYC-based companies. Its offerings in chemistry, psychology, and nursing are similarly strong.

  • Acceptance Rate: 44% (in-state: 40%; out-of-state: 74%)
  • Average GPA: 3.99
  • In-state tuition: $7,070
  • Out-of-state tuition: $24,910

2)Clemson University

Highly regarded academic programs include business and engineering. In addition, the Clemson University Honors College is incredibly selective (admitted students are ranked in the top 4% of their class).

  • Acceptance Rate: 49% (in-state: 55%; out-of-state: 48%)
  • Average GPA: 4.38
  • In-state tuition: $15,558
  • Out-of-state tuition: $38,550

3)College of William and Mary

One of the smaller Public Ivies, the College of William and Mary has notable programs in government, international relations, and business. In 2020, 94% of graduates confirmed that their first jobs aligned with their career goals.

  • Acceptance Rate: 37% (out-of-state: 31%; in-state: 44%)
  • Average GPA: 4.3
  • In-state tuition: $17,434
  • Out of state tuition: $40,089

4)Florida State University

Comprised of sixteen colleges, Florida State offers over 100 baccalaureate programs. Top-ranked offerings include the College of Motion Picture Arts and the College of Business.

  • Acceptance Rate: 37% (in-state: 51%; out-of-state: 21%)
  • Average GPA: 4.17
  • In-state tuition: $5,616
  • Out-of-state tuition: $18,746

5)Georgia Tech

In addition to highly ranked engineering and computer science programs, Georgia Tech also has excellent offerings in business and architecture. A standout internship and co-op program helps propel graduates to top companies and high starting salaries.

  • Acceptance Rate: 18% (in-state: 35%; out-of-state: 13%)
  • Average GPA: 4.10
  • In-state tuition: $10,258
  • Out-of-state tuition: $31,370

6)Indiana University Bloomington

IU draws many out-of-state students–46% of the student body, to be precise. Its top programs are within the Kelley School of Business, closely followed by computer science.

  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average GPA: 3.74
  • In-state tuition: $11,446
  • Out-of-state tuition: $39,118

7)Miami University–Oxford

Among Ohio public institutions, Miami takes top spot for return on investment and four-year graduation rate. Its most reputable programs are within the Farmer School of Business and College of Engineering and Computing, but it also offers excellent options in architecture, sports management, and kinesiology.

  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average GPA: 3.85
  • In-state tuition: $17,463
  • Out-of-state tuition: $38,493

8)Michigan State University

With over 200 programs to choose from, Michigan offers a slate of highly regarded programs, including ones in business/marketing, social sciences, communication/journalism, and the health professions. In 2021, 76% of the class completed at least one internship.

  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average GPA: 3.72
  • In-state tuition: $15,436
  • Out-of-state tuition: $42,022

9)New College of Florida

New College boasts an average class size of just 12 students, and all students must complete three independent studies as well as a capstone experience. Their top programs include biology, chemistry, computer science, and environmental studies.

  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average GPA: 3.91
  • In-state tuition: $6,916
  • Out-of-state tuition: $29,944

10) The Ohio State University–Columbus

Highly rated undergraduate programs include business and engineering. Within the Fisher School of Business, 95% of students participate in an internship or work experience. 20% of undergraduates study abroad, the highest figure of any Big Ten university.

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  • Acceptance Rate: 57% (in-state: 58%; out-of-state: 53%)
  • Average GPA: N/A, but 90% placed in the top quarter of their graduating class.
  • In-state tuition: $12,485
  • Out-of-state tuition: $36,722

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11)Pennsylvania State University–University Park

With almost 300 academic programs, Penn State offers an incredible array of academic choices and is viewed positively by prestigious national fellowship organizations. The College of Engineering and College of Business both do well in the national rankings.

  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average GPA: N/A, but 75% placed in the top quarter of their graduating class.
  • In-state tuition: $19,286
  • Out-of-state tuition: $38,651

12)Purdue University–West Lafayette

The College of Engineering is often featured on “top ten” engineering school lists. Krannert School of Management is highly regarded in addition to programs in computer science and agriculture.

  • Acceptance Rate: 69% (in-state: 81%; out-of-state: 70%)
  • Average GPA: N/A, but 77% placed in the top quarter of their graduating class.
  • In-state tuition: $9,992
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,794

13)Rutgers University (New Brunswick)

One of the oldest universities in the country, Rutgers is well-known for its top-notch programs in business, computer science, public health, and criminal justice. 39% of classes enroll 19 or fewer students.

  • Acceptance Rate: 68% (in-state: 67%; out-of-state: 69%)
  • Average GPA: N/A, but 66% placed in the top quarter of their graduating class.
  • In-state tuition: $12,900
  • Out-of-state tuition: $30,600

14)University of Arizona

Programs with fantastic national reputations include business, engineering, and the geosciences. Across all disciplines, the university promotes hands-on learning and faculty mentors through a number of undergraduate research programs.

  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average GPA: 3.48
  • In-state tuition: $13,200
  • Out-of-state tuition: $39,600

15)UC System

The UC System is comprised of eight excellent institutions: Berkeley (internationally esteemed for programs in computer science, engineering, chemistry, and English, among others), Davis (known for engineering, computer science, and animal science), Irvine (regarded for offerings in engineering, computer science, and public health), Los Angeles (highly ranked in computer science, engineering, film, fine and performing arts…the list goes on), Riverside (known for anthropology, business, and computer science), San Diego (regarded for excellence in engineering, computer science, biology, economics, and political science), Santa Barbara (highly ranked for communication, computer science, engineering, and physics, to name a few), and Santa Cruz (known for computer and information sciences).

  • Acceptance Rate: Berkeley (15%), Davis (49%), Irvine (29%–in-state: 20%; out-of-state: 74%), Los Angeles (11%– in-state: 10%; out-of-state: 14%), Riverside (66%–in-state: 64%; out-of-state: 80%), San Diego (34%– in-state: 28%; out-of-state: 60%), Santa Barbara (29%– in-state: 28%; out-of-state: 36%), Santa Cruz (59%– in-state: 55%; out-of-state: 81%)
  • Average GPA: ranges from 3.84-4.25, depending on campus
  • In-state tuition: ranges from $13,804-$15,348, depending on campus
  • Out-of-state tuition: ranges from $43,739-$46,374, depending on campus

16)University of Colorado Boulder

CU Boulder’s College of Engineering and Leeds School of Business possess strong national reputations (80% of Leeds students pursue internships during their undergraduate years). 50% of classes have fewer than 20 students.

  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Average GPA: 3.68
  • In-state tuition: $30,452
  • Out-of-state tuition: $57,702

17) University of Connecticut

Factoring in prestige and national reputation, UConn’s strongest offerings are in business, pharmacy, and nursing. Many courses enroll fewer than 20 students–53%, to be exact.

  • Acceptance Rate: 56% (in-state: 51%; out-of-state: 58%)
  • Average GPA: N/A, but 81% placed in the top quarter of their graduating class.
  • In-state tuition: $15,672
  • Out-of-state tuition: $38,340

18)University of Delaware

Highly ranked departments include business and engineering; nursing is also quite popular. 30% of students spend a semester abroad through the nation’s oldest study abroad program.

  • Acceptance Rate: 70% (in-state: 73%; out-of-state: 71%)
  • Average GPA: 3.92
  • In-state tuition: $6,685
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,945

19)University of Florida

Here, you’ll find the University of Florida Honors Program–one of the largest in the country, with class sizes capped at 25 students. Standout departments include business and engineering.

  • Acceptance Rate: 30% (in-state: 59%; out-of-state: 19%)
  • Average GPA: N/A, but 98% placed in the top quarter of their graduating class.
  • In-state tuition: $6,380
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,658

20)University of Georgia

The first state-sponsored university in the country, UGA offers highly ranked programs in animal science, business, communications, and public and international affairs. Undergraduate research is highly encouraged across all disciplines.

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  • Acceptance Rate: 40%
  • Average GPA: 4.10
  • In-state tuition: $9,790
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,830

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21)University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The flagship campus of the Illinois system, UIUC offers 150 academic programs. The Grainger College of Engineering and Gies College of Business (particularly the accounting department) are both direct pipelines to top firms and companies.

  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average GPA: N/A, but 85% placed in the top quarter of their graduating class.
  • In-state tuition: $17,138-$22,324
  • Out-of-state tuition: $35,110-$42,796

22)University of Iowa

Ranked as one of the top 35 public institutions in the United States, the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business has an excellent national reputation. In addition, English and creative writing students have access to resources in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, the country’s most highly regarded MFA program.

  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average GPA: 3.81
  • In-state tuition: $10,353
  • Out-of-state tuition: $32,316

23)University of Maryland–College Park

The university’s most highly respected departments include the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the Merrill College of Journalism. Programs in computer science and criminology are also well-regarded, and UMD offers one of the nation’s best honors colleges.

  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average GPA: 4.34
  • In-state tuition: $5,616.50
  • Out-of-state tuition: $19,734.50

24)University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

With a 96% freshman retention rate, Michigan is one of the best public research universities in the country. Highly ranked schools within the university include the Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering.

  • Acceptance Rate: 20% (in-state: 39%; out-of-state: 18%)
  • Average GPA: 3.88
  • In-state tuition: $16,736
  • Out-of-state tuition: $55,334

25)University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

An impressive number of programs command national attention, including accounting, business, every branch of engineering, chemistry, economics, psychology, and political science. 63% of classes enroll less than 29 students.

  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average GPA: N/A, but 78% placed in the top quarter of their graduating class.
  • In-state tuition: $16,108
  • Out-of-state tuition: $35,348

26)UNC Chapel Hill

Although just about every program at Chapel Hill is well-regarded by top companies and graduate schools alike, the Kenan-Flager School of Business is internationally renowned. In addition, the school has strong programs in chemistry, journalism, psychology, and political science.

  • Acceptance Rate: 20% (in-state: 43%; out-of-state: 8%)
  • Average GPA: 4.42
  • In-state tuition: $7,020
  • Out-of-state tuition: $37,360

27)University of Pittsburgh–Pittsburgh Campus

Pitt’s engineering and business schools, in addition to their premed offerings, are highly rated. 43% of classes have less than twenty students, and their Honors College requires SAT scores in the 99th percentile and above.

  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average GPA: 4.1
  • In-state tuition: $19,760-$24,878
  • Out-of-state tuition: $36,000-$45,158

28)UT Austin

UT has several standout programs: the Cockrell School of Engineering, the McCombs School of Business (particularly accounting and marketing), and computer science. In addition, the highly regarded Plan II Honors Program admits just 175 freshmen every year.

  • Acceptance Rate: 29% (in-state: 38%; out-of-state: 13%)
  • Average GPA: N/A, but 96% placed in the top quarter of their graduating class.
  • In-state tuition: $5,429-$6,788
  • Out-of-state tuition: $19,325-$23,249

29)University of Virginia

UVA features seven esteemed colleges/schools; the highest-ranked offerings include those within the McIntire School of Commerce and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Other prestigious departments include computer science, economics, and political philosophy, policy, and law.

  • Acceptance Rate: 21% (in-state: 29%; out-of-state: 17%)
  • Average GPA: 4.35
  • In-state tuition: $14,188-$22,566
  • Out-of-state tuition: $48,036-$56,730

30) University of Washington–Seattle

UW Seattle’s most notable offerings are in the College of Engineering. That said, it features dozens of top-ranked programs in everything from business to social work to environmental science. 68% of 2020 grads completed at least one internship.

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  • Acceptance Rate: 53% (in-state: 56%; out-of-state: 52%)
  • Average GPA: 3.82
  • In-state tuition: $12,242
  • Out-of-state tuition: $40,740

31)University of Wisconsin-Madison

With highly ranked programs in engineering and business, UW-Madison has fantastic graduate outcomes. 22 students earned National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships in 2022.

  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average GPA: 3.9
  • In-state tuition: $10,722
  • Out-of-state tuition: $39,354

Final Thoughts on Public Ivies

In conclusion, as the competition for spots at top colleges mounts, and as return on investment becomes increasingly scrutinized, students and parents will do well to seriously consider the Public Ivy League schools. In the years to come, additional higher education institutions will undoubtedly be added to this ever-growing list of excellent and affordable options.

The Public Ivies – 2023 Edition (1)

Kelsea Conlin

Kelsea holds a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Tufts University, a graduate certificate in College Counseling from UCLA, and is currently pursuing graduate work in writing instruction at Johns Hopkins University.


Will Ivies be test optional 2023? ›

Share this Article. All eight Ivy League schools will continue to have test-optional policies for the 2022-23 application cycle. While high SAT scores are an asset, they're just one metric that colleges consider.

Is a 3.7 good enough for Ivy League? ›

Yes, you can get into an Ivy League with a 3.7 GPA. Though, the lower your grade, the less your chances of getting into an Ivy League, but with a strong personal statement and a properly packaged application, you can get in with a grade even less than 3.7 GPA.

Are Public Ivies hard to get into? ›

Acceptance rates among Public Ivies vary quite a bit. For instance, UCLA admits 8.6 percent of its applicants (and fewer every year), while the College of William & Mary admits 37 percent, and Georgia Tech admits 17 percent. Most Public Ivies tend to have rates somewhere in the 10–30 percent range.

Will college admissions be easier for 2023? ›

Given the overall increase in the number of applications and high yield rates at selective colleges, students can expect low admit rates in both the early and regular decision rounds to continue this year. CollegeVine anticipates admit rates of around 3% at the most selective colleges.

Is 1490 a good SAT score for Ivy League? ›

At the most competitive Ivy League schools (Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale) the bottom 25% of accepted students score below about 1470-1490 on the SAT. At the other Ivy League schools (Brown, Cornell, Penn, and Dartmouth) the bottom 25% of accepted students score below about 1400-1430.

Is 1480 a good SAT score for Ivy League? ›

For the Ivy League, competitive scores range between 1500-1550. For other highly competitive schools, it's above 1400. 1300 and above will make you a competitive applicant for most other public universities and private universities.

Is a 4.8 GPA good for Ivy League? ›

The academic expectations of Ivy League schools and other top universities are well above average; in fact, most Ivy League students graduate high school with a GPA above 4.0! This is because all the Ivy League universities take into account a weighted GPA over an unweighted one.

What is the lowest GPA to get into Yale? ›

You should also have a 4.14 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score. For a school as selective as Yale, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application. We'll cover those details next.

Is 4.7 GPA enough for Harvard? ›

Average GPA: 4.18

This makes Harvard Extremely Competitive for GPAs. (Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. With a GPA of 4.18, Harvard requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants.

Are Public Ivies prestigious? ›

The Public Ivies are a group of prestigious public schools that have a stellar reputation for academic excellence. These colleges and universities are known for providing an Ivy League-level education at a fraction of the cost (when attending in-state).

What is the best Public Ivy? ›

Public Ivy Rankings
2UC Berkeley31,814
3UNC Chapel Hill19,742
4University of Virginia18,066
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May 15, 2022

Are the Little Ivies prestigious? ›

The Hidden Ivies are colleges and universities considered to rival the eight Ivy League schools without being part of that prestigious group. These schools offer similar academic opportunities to students but might get overlooked because of their lack of popularity when compared to the famous Ivies.

What is the hardest year of college academically? ›

Some consider sophomore year to be the most difficult, just because it's a huge adjustment period for many students. While some students experience difficulties during their sophomore year, some experience a slump during a different year, and some don't experience a slump at all.

What is statistically the hardest college to get into? ›

Harvard University — 3.19%

With a record-low admission rate of just 3.19% for the class of 2026, Harvard currently ranks as the most difficult school to get into.

Does SAT score matter for class of 2023? ›

The short answer is that the vast majority of schools are NOT requiring SAT test scores for the class of 2023 but that can absolutely change for those students entering fall 2024 and later.

Can I get into Cornell with a 1420 SAT? ›

Cornell SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

In other words, a 1420 places you below average, while a 1540 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at Cornell, but they really want to see at least a 1420 to have a chance at being considered.

Can I get into Duke with a 1490? ›

Duke SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

In other words, a 1450 places you below average, while a 1570 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at Duke, but they really want to see at least a 1450 to have a chance at being considered.

Should I retake a 1290 SAT score? ›

Unfortunately, 1290 is not a good SAT score. In reality, it's a weak score that will keep you from achieving your college admissions goals. Although you're still outperforming the majority of test takers, it's still not enough to get you into the top schools in the country.

Can I get into MIT with a 1390 SAT score? ›

Score Range

This tells us that it is possible to be admitted to MIT with a composite SAT score in the range of 1300-1380, although most students are within the 1510-1580 range. We do recommend, however, that you strongly consider retaking the SAT if your composite score is beneath 1550.

Can I get into Yale with 1390 SAT? ›

For example, at the University of Connecticut, the middle 50% of admitted students for the class of 2022 scored between 1210 and 1390.
National Universities.
U.S. News RankingSchoolMedian SAT Scores
3Yale University1420-1590
7Stanford University1390-1540
8Duke University1490-1570
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Feb 19, 2019

What is the lowest SAT score Ivy League? ›

The minimum SAT score to get into an Ivy League school ranges from 690 to 730 for the reading section and from 700 to 730 for the math section. Getting 700 or 710 (or higher) on both of these sections will give you an advantage at most Ivy League universities.

Can I get into Harvard with 2 B's? ›

Can I get into Harvard with 2 BS? Does Harvard Accept B Students? Yes, just like I mentioned above, it's completely possible to get admitted into Harvard University with B grades. Admissions are not reserved only for straight-A students.

What is the lowest GPA accepted at Harvard? ›

You should also have a 4.18 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score. For a school as selective as Harvard, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application. We'll cover those details next.

Can you get into Yale with a 4.8 GPA? ›

Final Admissions Verdict

If you don't pass their SAT and GPA requirements, they'll likely reject you without much consideration. To be safe, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 1560 SAT and a 4.14 GPA or higher to be above average.

What is the lowest GPA accepted to MIT? ›

There's no minimum required GPA; however, competitive applicants typically have a 3.5 GPA or above, and mostly As in math and science courses.

What is the lowest GPA accepted to UCLA? ›

UCLA requires a minimum 3.0 GPA

It is not enough to simply fill out a UCLA application. Because UCLA is part of the rigorous UC system, the UCLA GPA requirements are dictated by the whole UC system. In order to get into any UC school, students must earn at least a 3.0 GPA and may not have any grades below a “C”.

What is the lowest GPA Stanford will accept? ›

There is no minimum GPA or test score, nor is there any specific number of AP or honors courses you must have on your transcript in order to have your application reviewed or be admitted to Stanford.

Is a 4.56 weighted GPA good? ›

A 4.5 GPA indicates that you're in very good shape for college. You're most likely in high level classes earning As and high Bs. 99.74% of schools have an average GPA below a 4.5.

What is the average GPA for MIT? ›

Average GPA: 4.17

The average GPA at MIT is 4.17. This makes MIT Extremely Competitive for GPAs. (Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

What is the easiest Ivy League school to get into? ›

1. What's the easiest Ivy League school to get into? While all Ivy League schools have a low acceptance rate, Cornell University has the highest acceptance rate among them. Cornell's acceptance rate is 11%, but try not to get too hung up on the numbers.

What are the lower tier Ivies? ›

(US) any of the Ivy League universities, such as Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania, that are generally seen as less prestigious than Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

What is the smartest Ivy League? ›

The best Ivy League school in 2022 is Harvard, followed by Princeton and Yale based on this ranking method.

Which Ivy is the most preppy? ›

Different Ivy League schools have different reputations in regard to the types of students they attract and admit. Princeton students are often viewed as more preppy, for example, whereas Brown students are perceived as more progressive.

What is the #1 public university in the world? ›

1 public university in the world. For the ninth straight year, UC Berkeley tops the list of the world's best public universities and remains the fourth-best university overall in U.S. News & World Report's 2023 global universities rankings.

What is the most affordable ivy? ›

Princeton is commonly regarded as the “cheapest Ivy” thanks to its extensive financial aid offerings. 62% of admitted students receive financial aid.

What is the most laid back Ivy League? ›

Cornell University

Cornell is also known to have the most relaxed academics of any of the schools of the Ivy League; however, this is dependent on the specific schools within the university.

What are baby Ivies? ›

The "Little Ivies," which consist of private liberal arts colleges, offer both academic rigor and selective admissions similar to that of the Ivies and Public Ivies. The Little Ivies include all the schools of the New England Small College Athletic Conference and several schools outside New England.

What is the toughest major in college? ›

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  • Environmental Earth Science.
  • American Studies.
  • Nuclear Engineering.
  • Energy Engineering.
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  • Applied Mathematics.
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What is the hardest class to pass in college? ›

It shouldn't surprise you that organic chemistry takes the No. 1 spot as the hardest college course. This course is often referred to as the “pre-med killer” because it actually has caused many pre-med majors to switch their major.

What grade year do colleges look at the most? ›

Your first year and sophomore year affect your cumulative GPA, which is important to most colleges. However, a solid academic record in your junior year is likely to carry more importance with an admissions committee.

What is the smartest college to get into? ›

The 25 smartest colleges in the United States in 2020, by average SAT score
CharacteristicAverage test score
Duke University1,510
Columbia University1,510
Vanderbilt University1,505
Rice University1,505
9 more rows
Dec 6, 2021

What is the most unpopular college? ›

5 Least Popular Universities
SchoolStudents AcceptedYield
Hofstra University1180113.3%
Seton Hall University860213.2%
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–Newark743012.3%
Drexel University2172910.8%
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Mar 25, 2016

Is the SAT easier in 2023? ›

The College Board announced big changes to the format and delivery of the SAT for high school students in 2023 and 2024. The new SAT will be "easier to take, easier to give, more secure, and more relevant," said Priscilla Rodriguez, the company's Vice President of College Readiness Assessments.

What is a perfect SAT score 2023? ›

Your total SAT score will be between 400 and 1,600 points. There are two primary sections, Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW), and each one is worth 200 to 800 points.

What is the average SAT score for class of 2023? ›

What's a Good SAT Score 2023 Overall?
50th (Average)520-5301050 and above
25th (Poor)440-450890
10th (Poorer)390-400780
1st (Poorest)330 and below670 and below
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Dec 30, 2022

Is Harvard SAT optional 2023? ›

When you apply for admission, you can choose whether or not our review of your application will include your standardized test scores (SAT and ACT). If your scores already are on file before you apply and you choose at the time of your application to proceed without scores, we will not consider those scores.

Are test scores optional for 2023? ›

The short answer is that the vast majority of schools are NOT requiring SAT test scores for the class of 2023 but that can absolutely change for those students entering fall 2024 and later.

Is Yale test optional 2023-2024? ›

With those decisions, all eight of the Ivy League universities will be test-optional through at least the 2023 admissions cycle according to Bob Schaeffer, Executive Director of FairTest: the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a leading advocate for ending the use of standardized tests like the ACT and SAT in ...

Is Princeton test optional for 2023? ›

As a result, we are extending our test optional policy for first-year and transfer applicants for the next three admission cycles (that is, for applications due in the falls of 2023, 2024, and 2025). Students who opt to apply to Princeton without an ACT or SAT score will not be at a disadvantage in our process.

What is the lowest SAT at Harvard? ›

There's no absolute SAT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 1460 to have a chance at being considered.

Is Yale requiring SAT scores 2023? ›

Yale will extend its test-optional admissions policy to the 2023-2024 admissions cycle. All applicants for undergraduate admission for fall 2024 enrollment may apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. The admissions office plans to announce a long-term policy on standardized testing in winter 2024.

Can I get into Harvard with a 1400 SAT? ›

While a 1400 makes you eligible to apply to places such as Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, it won't make you a competitive candidate.

Do colleges care about SAT scores 2023? ›

According to FairTest, more than 1,750 schools will have ACT/SAT-optional policies in place for fall 2023, meaning that applicants can choose whether to submit test scores and have them be considered in a college's admissions process.

Is the SAT essay required 2023? ›

In June 2021, the College Board opted to discontinue the SAT essay. Now, only students in a few states and school districts still have access to — and must complete — the SAT essay. This requirement applies to some students in the SAT School Day program, for instance, among other groups.

Is Upenn test optional for 2023? ›

Test-Optional Policy Extended: Penn will not require applicants to submit the SAT or ACT for the 2023-24 application cycle. This applies to all first-year and transfer applicants. Applicants who do not submit SAT or ACT scores will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process.

Is Cornell test-optional 2023? ›

Cornell University Extends Test-Optional and Score-Free Undergraduate Admissions Testing Policies for Fall 2023 and Fall 2024 First-Year Applicants. Since April 2020, Cornell has not required first-year applicants to submit SAT or ACT exam scores.

Will MIT require SAT for 2024? ›

MIT is reinstating its requirement that applicants take the SAT or ACT. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced it will once again require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, reversing a Covid-era policy that made the standardized tests optional and rejecting the idea that the tests hurt diversity.

Does MIT require SAT for Class of 2024? ›

The new testing requirement for the 2022–2023 application cycle at MIT applies to prospective first-year students as well as transfer students who want to enter MIT in 2023. Both incoming first-year students and students transferring into MIT are required to take either the SAT or the ACT.

Does Johns Hopkins require SAT 2023? ›

johns hopkins university is test-optional through 2026

This means if you're applying to Hopkins as part of the class entering in 2023, 2024, 2025, or 2026, you will not need to submit test scores to be considered for admission.

Is Stanford test optional for 2023? ›

We recognize the ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including limited access to admission testing worldwide, and as a result, our test optional policy will extend to applicants applying for Fall 2023 and Fall 2024 entry terms. Stanford is committed to a holistic review of all candidates.

Is Dartmouth test optional 2023? ›

Dartmouth College is Test Optional for Applicants During the 2023-2024 Application Cycle. As we stated when we announced testing policy pause in 2020, the choice to include a test score or not is each student's choice to make.


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