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College Admissions Tracker: See How You Compare to Admitted Students

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CollegeData’s Admissions Tracker helps you see how your grades and test scores compare to those of admitted students at various colleges. Here's how Admissions Tracker can help you build your college list.

Millions of students apply to college each year in the United States, hoping to gain admissions into their dream college. However, depending on which colleges students apply to, admissions are not always guaranteed.  Some colleges have high admission rates. For example, Prescott College in Prescott, AZ has an admission rate of 98 percent. Others have admission rates in the single digits, like Stanford University which generally admits about 5 percent of students who apply.

Many students are anxious about their chances of admission. Various factors affect admission decisions, so students can never be 100 percent sure whether or not they’ll get into the colleges they apply to. Even so, it can be helpful to look at GPA and test score data about students who were admitted in the past to the schools you’re interested in, compare your stats with theirs, and see if you could hypothetically make the cut.

How do you compare to admitted students?

Reviewing the GPAs and test scores of admitted students can help you determine whether a college might be a “reach,” “match,” or “good bet” in terms of your chances of being admitted. However, keep in mind that at many institutions, GPA and test scores are not the only criteria on which admission decisions are made. Some colleges consider essays, interviews, extracurricular activities, and other factors in addition to or even in lieu of GPAs and test scores.

CollegeData's Admissions Tracker can help you make these comparisons. This article will explain what the Admissions Tracker is and how students can use it.

What is the Admissions Tracker?

CollegeData’s Admissions Tracker lets you compare your qualifications with registered users of CollegeData who applied to a particular college, including students who were admitted, denied or waitlisted.

To use Admissions Tracker, you must first create an admissions profile by entering your GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and the colleges you’re interested in.

What Does the Admissions Tracker Show?

For more than 2,000 colleges in CollegeData’s database, the Admissions Tracker will show you how your admissions profile compares with the admissions profiles of students who have reported their admissions outcomes to CollegeData.

The Admissions Tracker displays your comparison in a scattergram for a single college. You can then filter your comparison based on several factors. For example, you can choose to view the scattergram showing only students who were admitted or showing only students who were denied. You can also view the scattergram results of only male students or female students, students in your geographical region, or students who attended public or private high schools.



Is the Data in the Admissions Tracker Accurate?

The Admissions Tracker uses student-reported data that is not independently verified. Admitted, denied and waitlisted students self-report their admission outcomes and qualifications to help future college applicants determine their admission chances. Use the Admissions Tracker like you would any other source — as an educational tool to help you plan and prioritize your college search. Remember that choosing a college is an important, personal life decision. You should always consult your high school counselors, admissions representatives, parents and anyone else you trust to help you develop a well-rounded college list and assess your chances of getting into those colleges.

Does the Admissions Tracker Show If I Will Get Into a College?

The Admissions Tracker cannot accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted, denied or waitlisted at any college. It is simply a tool to help guide your college application efforts and to show you the likelihood of gaining admission based on the limited factors in your admissions profile.

If your grades and test scores are lower than other students in the Admissions Tracker, remember that many colleges consider essays, interviews, and other qualifications, which could ultimately sway a college acceptance in your favor.

How Likely are You to Get In? Find Out with Admissions Tracker.

CollegeData enables students to learn about more than 2,000 colleges and their application requirements, admission rates, financial aid, and more. If you want a clear and transparent view of how you might stack up against other students, sign up for CollegeData and create your own admissions profile today.


The CollegeData Admissions Tracker does not guarantee you will or will not get into any college. The CollegeData Admissions Tracker displays self-reported admissions outcomes for comparison purposes only. The CollegeData Admissions Tracker shows the likelihood of college admission based on criteria limited to the College Profile. Please keep in mind that your individual circumstances and qualifications may qualify you for admission into a particular college, but not someone who has a similar CollegeData Profile, because the admissions office may take into account other criteria in your case. Use the Admissions Tracker like you would any other source — as an educational tool to help you plan and prioritize your college search. Choosing a college is an important, personal life decision. Please consult your high school counselors, admissions representatives, parents and others in your college search to help you understand your chances of getting into a college. CollegeData is a service of 1st Financial Bank USA.

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