“We are looking for students that can be successful,” said Singley. Two of the best indicators of this are a student’s GPA as well as their ACT or SAT scores. A strong GPA and test scores are beneficial in a competitive admission process.
Auburn University’s application itself does not involve long essays. Instead, it requires responses to short answer questions that allow the student to talk through:
- involvement with extracurricular school activities, faith organizations and public service
- employment experience
- significant experiences, achievements or failures that affected them
- reasons they selected Auburn University and their goals
- attributes or accomplishments that set them apart
- barriers that may have adversely affected their high school performance.
As part of the review process, the University will also consider legacy status as well as the GPA and test score. A legacy is a student who had a family member graduate from Auburn prior to the student’s application. According to Singley, evaluating underrepresented areas of the state is also important to the University.
Student applications are accepted beginning August 1 of each year. By October 1, the early action criteria will be defined based on the strength of the application pool. Acceptances based on Early Action criteria begin on October 15 and continue on a weekly basis. Reviewed decisions are made on November 15, December 15 and complete on February 15. The overall average ACT for the previous two freshman classes has been approximately 27 and the average GPA around 3.80.