How to Get into Auburn: Average SAT Scores and ACT Scores

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What does your child need to get into Auburn University? This article covers the objective criteria for admission to Auburn, including SAT scores, ACT scores and GPA.

How to Get Into Auburn: The Admissions Criteria

Auburn is one of the more competitive public colleges or universities in the US, with a 80.50% acceptance rate, an average of 1160 on the SAT, an average of 27 on the ACT and an rough average unweighted GPA of 3.7 (unofficial). In order to feel secure when applying to this school, it is incredibly useful to to score higher than 75% or more of US test-takers, above a 1160 on the SAT or a 27 on the ACT. Though of course all schools strive to look at a holistic image of each student, a high standardized test score can give you a competitive edge over other qualified applicants, making sure that admissions is able to focus on the most exciting aspects of your application.

Auburn Admissions Scorecard

  • Auburn, AL
  • Public
  • Undergraduate students: 20,396
  • Estimated average unweighted GPA of admitted students (unofficial):  3.7
  • Average SAT Score of admitted students: 1160
  • Average ACT Score of admitted students: 27
  • Subject tests required: No
  • SAT Scoring policy: Score Choice
  • ACT Scoring policy: Score Choice
  • Scholarships based on test scores: Auburn offers several merit-based scholarships in addition to need-based financial aid. They don't specify the test scores needed to qualify.

Auburn Average SAT Score: 1160

The average SAT score of admitted students to Auburn University is 1160. If you or your child is applying to Auburn, scoring above 1160 means the SAT is working in your favor. Scoring below 1160 means the SAT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 1260, the 75th percentile score at Auburn, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 24% of SAT test-takers score 1160 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 1160 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the SAT (or ACT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average SAT scores at Auburn by section:

Math Evidenced-based Reading and Writing Total
585 575 1160

Auburn SAT Essay Policy

Auburn does not require that applicants submit an SAT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering Auburn should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

Auburn SAT Scoring Policy

Auburn uses Score Choice for the SAT, meaning they consider the highest total score of any test attempt. This differs from superscoring, a policy where colleges combine the best section scores from multiple test attempts.

For more about Score Choice, read this article.

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Auburn Average ACT Score: 27

The average ACT score of admitted students to Auburn University is 27. That means, if you or your child is applying to Auburn, scoring above 27 means the ACT is working in your favor. Scoring below 27 means the ACT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 30, the 75th percentile score at Auburn, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 15% of ACT test-takers score 27 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 27 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the ACT (or SAT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average ACT scores at Auburn by the English and Math sections:

Math English Total
26 29 27

Auburn ACT Essay Policy

Auburn does not require that applicants submit an ACT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering Auburn should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

Auburn ACT Scoring

Auburn uses Score Choice for the ACT, meaning they consider the highest total score of any test attempt. This differs from superscoring, a policy where colleges combine the best section scores from multiple test attempts.

For more about Score Choice, read this article.

Whether you’re well underway in the prep process or just beginning, you likely have some questions. We try to answer them in How to Conquer ACT Prep (for Parents). Hint: it’s less complicated than you might think!

Does Auburn Require SAT Subject Tests?

SAT Subject Tests are standardized tests of individual academic subjects that some applicants submit to colleges. While some colleges require that all applicants submit a number of SAT Subject Tests, Auburn University does not. However, Subject Tests can improve your candidacy and some of Auburn’s departments may require SAT Subject Test scores in their area of study.

Interested in Auburn? You might like these schools too…

If you’re underway in your college search, the schools below might be worth exploring. We’ve categorized each school based on how difficult they are to get into, relative to Auburn.

Match Schools

These are schools that are the right fit for your student’s admissions criteria.

George Mason University

  • A public university in Fairfax, VA with 19266 undergraduate students, George Mason University is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1155 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT.

Christopher Newport University

  • A public university in Newport News, VA with 4856 undergraduate students, Christopher Newport University is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.5 GPA and a 1155 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

University of Missouri-Columbia

  • A public university in Columbia, MO with 24124 undergraduate students, Mizzou is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.5 GPA and a 1155 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

Safety Schools

These are schools where your student exceeds the average admissions criteria.

Oklahoma City University

  • A Private Christian university in Oklahoma City, OK with 1624 undergraduate students, is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.5 GPA and a 1109 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

The University of Alabama

  • A public university in Tuscaloosa, AL with 29220 undergraduate students, is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1105 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT.

Arcadia University

  • A private university in Glenside, PA with 2266 undergraduate students, is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.5 GPA and a 1105 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

Reach Schools

These are schools that are particularly selective relative to your student’s admissions criteria.

University of California-Santa Barbara

  • A public university in Santa Barbara, CA with 21199 undergraduate students, UCSB is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1255 on the SAT or 30 on the ACT.

Hobart William Smith Colleges

  • A private liberal arts college in Geneva, NY with 2246 undergraduate students, Hobart William Smith Colleges is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1255 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT.

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

  • A public university in San Luis Obispo, CA with 19703 undergraduate students, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1255 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.
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