Carson-Newman University

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Carson-Newman University can be found in Jefferson City, TN, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 3,000 students enrolled per year at Carson-Newman University.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores within the range of 923 (25th percentile) to 1178 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 19 (25th percentile) to 29 (75th percentile) on the ACT is typical among applicants admitted to this school. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Carson-Newman University average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.98 - 3.57. This school has an acceptance rate of 69 percent with 21 percent of applicants deciding to continue on and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Carson-Newman University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Carson-Newman University was reported as 69.2% in Fall 2020 with over 3,860 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 19 - 29
  • Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into Carson-Newman University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Carson-Newman University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Carson-Newman University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 63.3%
  • 2017-2018: 67.4%
  • 2018-2019: 66.0%
  • 2019-2020: 69.2%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 62.5%

How Does Carson-Newman University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Carson-Newman University is twenty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Johnson University53.3%
Lincoln Memorial University49.6%
Maryville College56.1%
Tusculum College72.4%
Union College in Barbourville, KY54.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Carson-Newman University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading480 - 570
Math443 - 608
Total Score923 - 1178
ACT®Score Range
English16 - 30
Math18 - 29
Composite Score19 - 29
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