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.
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.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.
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 3.38, 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.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
University of Arizona recommends that you take the SAT or ACT. This means the test might be optional, but submitting a good SAT/ACT score will boost your application chances, especially since most other students will be submitting their scores.
University of Arizona 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: 1620 (New: 1170)
The average SAT score composite at University of Arizona is a 1620 on the old 2400 SAT scale.
On the new 1600 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1170.
This score makes University of Arizona Competitive for SAT test scores.
University of Arizona SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1050, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1290. In other words, a 1050 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1290 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
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University of Arizona SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1430, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1810. In other words, a 1430 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1810 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
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SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
University of Arizona has the Score Choice policy of "Contact School."
This means that the school wants you to contact them to learn more about their Score Choice policies. Keep reading - we may have extra notes about this from our own expert research.
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University of Arizona ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, University of Arizona likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
The average ACT score at University of Arizona is 24. This score makes University of Arizona Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 21, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 27.
Even though University of Arizona likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 21 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 21 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 University of Arizona, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 21.
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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
University of Arizona considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
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 University of Arizona 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.
We did more detailed research into this school and found the following information.
It's actually possible to be admitted without ACT/SAT scores, but you won't be considered for scholarships, honors college, and other programs. Also, certain ACT and SAT scores can make up for deficiencies in required high school courses -- there is a table for required minimum scores here.