Education, Skills and Learning

US public continues to view grades, test scores as top factors in college admissions

Some Americans believe that some factors should be more major in college admissions decisions Image: Unsplash/Dom Fou

Vianney Gómez

Research Assistant, Pew Research Center.


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An infographic showing what Americans believe is important in college admission decisions.
Over 50% of Americans felt that high school grades should be a major factor in college admission decisions. Image: Pew Research Center/Survey of US adults conducted March 7-13, 2022.
An infographic showing that fewer American survey respondents feel grades and testing are as important to college admissions, by race/ethnicity and by party
In 2019 almost 80% of the Asian demographic felt that high-school grades should be a determining factor of the college admissions process. Image: Pew Research Center/Survey of US adults conducted March 7-13, 2022.

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An infographic showing what survey respondents felt were the most important factors in college admission decisions, by race/ethnicity and by party
80% of the White demographic felt that whether a relative attended the school should not be a factor in college admissions decisions. Image: Pew Research Center/Survey of U.S. adults conducted March 7-13, 2022.
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