University of the Sciences (USP)

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USP can be found in Philadelphia, PA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Over 2,500 students are enrolled at USP.

Most of the students that got into USP had an SAT score within the range of 1120 - 1310, or got accepted with an ACT composite score between 23 - 28. We were able to estimate the USP average GPA (3.28 - 3.52) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. University of the Sciences sends acceptance letters to around 70 percent of applicants each year. Of those that are accepted, nearly 17 percent of students enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall USP Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of the Sciences was reported as 71.0% in Fall 2020 with over 3,640 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

  • USP ACT Scores: 23 - 28
  • USP Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into University of the Sciences?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of University of the Sciences is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for USP has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 59.7%
  • 2017-2018: 60.8%
  • 2018-2019: 63.3%
  • 2019-2020: 71.0%
  • Projected USP Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 60.9%

How Does USP Compare?

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National Avg

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

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Curtis Institute of Music3.9%
Moore College of Art and Design47.0%
The University of the Arts73.5%
Haverford College16.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

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

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


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to USP (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 640
Math560 - 670
Total Score1120 - 1310
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 29
Math22 - 28
Composite Score23 - 28
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