WHAT WE LOOK FOR
At AUA, we select students who have the skills and ability to succeed in their studies and for whom the University is well suited to their educational and career goals. We are looking for students who demonstrate passion and commitment, are dedicated to enhancing their communities, have the potential to thrive academically, and have a sense of curiosity and desire to learn.
OUR SELECTION PROCESS
After you submit your application, the Office of Admissions conducts a thorough review ensuring that you have met all requirements. We call this the technical eligibility review. Once the Office of Admissions deems an application complete, it is forwarded to the Undergraduate Admissions Committee (UAC) for a thorough review.
The process of selecting students is done holistically by the UAC. They spend a great deal of time on each application knowing how much time and effort you devoted to applying to AUA. In their review, your school grades and entrance exam scores are extremely important. But they are not the only factors. The committee also considers your extracurricular and volunteer experience, leadership roles, your essays, and an interview if you are invited to one.
Once a decision is made, the Office of Admissions will release your application status update electronically within 12 weeks of the deadline date to which you submitted your application.
Once decisions are made by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, they are final and cannot be appealed. For more information, we recommend you review the Undergraduate Admissions Policy at
As you prepare to submit your application, we want to provide you with a set of guidance related to required entrance exams. Below you can find a list of target scores, auto denial thresholds, and the entering class profile that we hope will be helpful as you prepare to apply.
The The target and mean scores are for informational purposes only. You should know that scoring above the target scores does not guarantee your admission to AUA. On the other hand, if you score less, you may be considered for conditional admission.
AUTOMATIC DENIAL THRESHOLDS
If you score at or below the automatic denial thresholds, you will be automatically denied admission to AUA.
* The AUA Math Test was discontinued in July 2018. If you took the test, we will consider valid test scores as proof of math proficiency for the Fall 2020 admission cycle.
Note: After an internal review of the English & Communications program’s goals, learning outcomes, and curricular map, the Undergraduate Admissions Committee has removed automatic denial thresholds for the math proficiency requirement for E&C applicants. While math is an important indicator, we understand that some students who are heavily focused on humanities have not studied math for a long time. We still urge applicants to prepare for the SAT or ACT math sections and do their very best. The UAC will conduct a holistic review of your application which includes looking at your academic performance, test scores, extracurriculars and community involvement, essays, and an interview (if you are invited to one). But there will no longer be automatic denials based on your math score.
If you are admitted to E&C and petition to change your major during your studies, you must demonstrate math proficiency by retaking the ACT or SAT exams (and scoring at or above the targets) or by successfully taking and completing a math course at AUA. This does not apply to applicants who meet the math target scores for other programs at the time of application.
2019 ENTERING CLASS PROFILE
While we have listed target scores above, we think the 2019 entering class profile may be even more helpful. Of all students admitted during the Fall 2019 undergraduate admissions cycle, the below is a list of their mean test scores. As you’ll note, these scores are slightly higher than the target scores. As admission to AUA is competitive, we urge you to study hard and score as best you can on your entrance exams.