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Aurora University

Aurora, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

Aurora University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Aurora University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Aurora University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Aurora University's admissions stats.

Aurora University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Mean SAT Score 1055
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 35%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 14%
Waitlist No

Aurora University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Aurora University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to Aurora University?

Aurora University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Aurora University Admissions

Is Aurora University Challenging To Get Into?

Aurora University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Aurora University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Aurora University accepted 86% of students, approximately 2,680 from 3,101 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Aurora University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Aurora University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Aurora University

Aurora University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Aurora University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Aurora University

What does Aurora University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Aurora University for more information on admission factors.

Aurora University Application Requirements

To apply to Aurora University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Aurora University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Aurora University?

Students admitted to Aurora University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Aurora University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Aurora University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 35% of Aurora University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 14% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Aurora University?

To be competitive with other Aurora University applicants, you should aim to earn between 970 and 1120 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Aurora University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1120 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Aurora University student is 1055.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Aurora University students scored 560 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Aurora University students scored 570 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Aurora University?

To be most competitive at Aurora University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Aurora University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Aurora University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Aurora University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Aurora University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Aurora University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Aurora University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Aurora University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Aurora University.

Does Aurora University accept transfer credits?

✅ Aurora University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Aurora University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Aurora University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Aurora University does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Aurora University?

❌ No, Aurora University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Aurora University's acceptance rate?

✅ Aurora University's acceptance rate is 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Aurora University?

❌ Aurora University does not offer early decision.

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Aurora University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Aurora University? Aurora University is a somewhat selective institution. The Aurora University acceptance rate is 86%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.


Aurora University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Aurora University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Aurora University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Aurora University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

970 - 1120


Math SAT Range

480 - 560


Reading SAT Range

480 - 570

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1120 and Above


970 to 1120


970 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Aurora University students is 1055. Applicants with SAT scores of 1120 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Aurora University, while applicants with SAT scores between 970 to 1120 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 970 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Aurora University.

Aurora University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Aurora University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.56. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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