What do I need to be admitted to Rutgers, Miami, and Notre Dame?

After writing an article regarding admittance to some of the most popular schools in the Northeast, we have decided to write a follow up article on other popular schools. These schools are Rutgers, New Brunswick, the University of Miami, Coral Gables, and Notre Dame.

As in the first article, we will examine the GPAs and SAT scores required to gain admittance to each institution. There will be “floor” and “ceiling” GPAs.

A “floor” GPA is the minimum GPA required for admission, according to our research . GPAs below the “floor” are almost never admitted unless they are recruited for sports or in-state at a public college.

With a “ceiling” GPA, scoring above the “ceiling” almost guarantees admission.

If an applicant is below the “floor,” it is not worthwhile to apply.

If an applicant is above the “ceiling,” they are almost guaranteed to get in.

If an applicant is between those GPA, the SAT will make or break their admission.

If you have a letter grade and need to calculate your GPA, there will be a calculation table at the end of the article. Our findings for each school are posted below:

University of Miami, Coral Gables


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After studying the admission habits of the University of Miami, we have found that there is no “ceiling” GPA that will guarantee acceptance to Miami; even a 4.0 may not be enough by itself. Based on years of admission statistics, we have seen that Miami greatly emphasizes success on the SAT. Although Miami does not have a ceiling GPA, they do have a floor GPA. The average student (non-athlete, non-legacy, etc.) will find it nearly impossible to get into Miami with a GPA below a 3.0.

Here are two example applicants to the University of Miami. They both have GPAs within the “ceiling” and “floor” GPAs of 3.0-4.0. Based on the last few years of admission results, applicants with SAT scores around 1170 SAT were likely denied, while those around a 1300 were likely accepted.

Student AStudent B
Admission DecisionDeniedAccepted

Figure 2

As shown in the table above, only 130 points on the SAT were the difference between acceptance and denial for two typical students.

Notre Dame


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Next, we analyzed the admissions data on the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is one of the top universities in the country and at the bare minimum a 3.6 GPA is needed to be granted acceptance. Even with a 3.6 GPA, most students had trouble getting into the school and most were denied. Notre Dame accepts only 19% of applicants, denying 81% of applications. The school expects applicants to be in the top two percent of SAT test takers. Even with a score in the top two percent, acceptance is far from guaranteed.

Here are two example applicants to the University of Notre Dame. They both have GPAs of at least 3.6. Based on the last few years of admission results, applicants with SAT scores in the 1400s were likely denied while those in the 1500s were more likely to be accepted.

Student AStudent B
Admission DecisionDeniedAccepted

Figure 4

When discussing Notre Dame, 50 points on the SAT can make the difference. Students who scored in the 1500s found acceptance much easier than those in the 1400s. Like Miami, Notre Dame wants to see a high score on the SAT.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick


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Lastly, we analyzed admissions data on Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Seemingly, Rutgers had a ceiling GPA of around 3.7. Almost all students with a 3.7 GPA or higher were granted acceptance into the school. Rutgers had a floor GPA of 2.7 for applicants from NJ and a floor of 3.0 for all other applicants.

Student AStudent B
Home StateNJNJ
Admission DecisionDeniedAccepted

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In regards to the SAT, Rutgers is not as strict as U Miami or Notre Dame. Rutgers emphasized GPA more than SAT, but that does not mean the SAT is unimportant. As shown in the table, applicants will still need a solid SAT score to solidify acceptance.

After researching two articles regarding eight different schools, we cannot emphasize the importance of the SAT enough. This year, the University of Miami alone had over 38,000 applicants. It is important to get ahead, especially when it comes to the SAT. Schools are only becoming more selective and by showing great success on a key component of an application, the SAT, universities will have a hard time denying you admission.

If you want to solidify a college acceptance or want a score to get into your dream school, call Dugan Prep at 732-903-8740. We would be happy to help you reach your goals.

GPA Converter Graph

Letter GradeGPAGrade Percentage

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