Study finds test scores and rigorous coursework trumps GPA in college admissions

The Center for Public Education has released a report entitled “Chasing the college acceptance letter: Is it harder to get into college?” The report’s major findings are:

  • It is no more difficult for most students to get into college today than it was a decade ago.
  • Taking more rigorous courses, especially in math and science, gives an applicant a better chance of getting into a competitive college than does raising his or her GPA.
  • Well-prepared minority applicants have just as good of a chance of getting into a competitive college as well-prepared white students.
  • However, a much smaller percentage of minority applicants earn the necessary credentials.
  • Well-prepared low-income applicants are less likely to get into a competitive college as well-prepared high-income applicants: 67 percent vs. 80 percent.
  • Few low-income applicants earn the necessary credentials.

The report is posted online here.

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