Auburn Requirements for Admission

What are Auburn's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into Auburn and build a strong application.

School location: Auburn University, AL

This school is also known as: Auburn University


Admissions Rate: 78%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at Auburn is 78%. For every 100 applicants, 78 are admitted.

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This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet Auburn's requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.


Auburn GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.83

The average GPA at Auburn is 3.83.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.83, Auburn requires you to be near the top of your class, and well above average. Your transcript should show mostly A's. Ideally, you will also have taken several AP or IB classes to show that you can handle academics at a college level.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.83, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to Auburn. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

Auburn SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1742 (New: 1250)

The average SAT score composite at Auburn is a 1742 on the old 2400 SAT scale.

On the new 1600 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1250.

This score makes Auburn Competitive for SAT test scores.

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Auburn SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1150, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1350. In other words, a 1150 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1350 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math610570670
Reading312934
Writing312934
Composite125011501350

Auburn SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)

The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1590, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1900. In other words, a 1590 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1900 puts you well above average.

Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math593540650
Reading580530630
Writing569520620
Composite174215901900

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

Auburn has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Sitting."

This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider the SAT score from your single highest test date (the sum of math, reading, and writing).

This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and Auburn only considers your highest score on a single test date, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit your strongest score. Your application readers will only see that one score.

Therefore, if your SAT score is currently below a 1590, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You don't have much to lose, and you can potentially raise your score and significantly boost your chances of getting in.


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Auburn ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, Auburn likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 27

The average ACT score at Auburn is 27. This score makes Auburn Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 24, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 30.

Even though Auburn likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 24 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 24 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to Auburn, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 24.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.

Auburn requires you to take the SAT/ACT Writing section. They'll use this as another factor in their admissions consideration.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that Auburn requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is lightly selective, you have a great shot at getting in, as long as you don't fall well below average. Aim for a 1590 SAT or a 24 ACT or higher, and you'll almost certainly get an offer of admission. As long as you meet the rest of the application requirements below, you'll be a shoo-in.

But if you score below our recommended target score, you may be one of the very few unlucky people to get rejected.



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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of Auburn here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Not accepted
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for all freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $50
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT Required
  • SAT or ACT Writing Required
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office February 1

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 3
  • Science 2
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Studies 3
  • History
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes February 1 February 15
  • Early Action
    • Yes Rolling October 15
  • Early Decision
    • No

Admissions Office Information


Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Auburn, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Auburn.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are more selective and have higher scores than Auburn. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1310 1849 28
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1290 1815 29
Chapman University Orange, CA 1290 1807 27
University of Denver Denver, CO 1290 1801 28
University of California, Davis Davis, CA 1290 1800 27
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1270 1786 27
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1270 1782 27

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Auburn, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1270 1775 27
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1240 1178 27
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX 1260 1762 27
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1230 1726 26
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1230 1719 26
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1200 1677 24
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1200 1670 25

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Auburn, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Auburn is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 1190 1652 27
Ohio University Athens, OH 1180 1632 24
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 1170 1620 24
University of North Texas Denton, TX 1160 1610 23
Pace University New York, NY 1140 1070 24
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX 1120 1549 23
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1060 984 21

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