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 3,200 students are enrolled at USP.

Most of the students that got into USP had an SAT score within the range of 1600 - 1890, or got accepted with an ACT composite score between 23 - 27. We were able to estimate the USP average GPA (3.35 - 3.57) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. University of the Sciences sends acceptance letters to around 60 percent of applicants each year. Of those that are accepted, nearly 20 percent of students enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall USP Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for University of the Sciences was reported as 56.4% in Fall 2012 with over 4,310 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 SAT Scores: 1600 - 1890
  • USP ACT Scores: 23 - 27
  • USP Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.57

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 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 USP has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 58.1%
  • 2009-2010: 62.0%
  • 2010-2011: 64.4%
  • 2011-2012: 63.3%
  • 2012-2013: 56.4%
  • Projected USP Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 60.4%

How Does USP Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of the Sciences is two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Curtis Institute of Music4.8%
Moore College of Art and Design56.3%
The University of the Arts75.4%
Philadelphia University64.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes 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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to USP (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 600
Math560 - 660
Writing520 - 630
Total Score1600 - 1890
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score23 - 27
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